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October 2022 Newsletter
Happy October! We're so excited to announce the Book Swap is taking place in November! A new statewide initiative on how we dispose of our mattresses. Compost your food waste and pumpkins! Save the date for important upcoming events in our community!
Book Swap - November 12th
SalemRecycles' Free Book Swap is back!

Join us on Saturday, November 12th from 10AM - 1PM, at Salem's Community Life Center, 401 Bridge Street.

Swapping isn't necessary -- feel free to drop off, take away, or both.

PLEASE BRING: Books, CDs & DVDs, Video Games, Records, and Greeting Cards. All items must be clean, dry and mildew free. Media items should be in original cases. (Sorry, no VHS tapes or cassette tapes.)

* Thursday, November 10 from 4:00 PM- 7:00 PM
* Saturday, November 12 from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Please note the event is not open to the public until 10AM, but donations will be accepted starting at 9AM. No book dealers or more than two bags per swapper before noon. At close of event, Discover Books will take the un-swapped books and media to be donated or recycled.

For more info or to volunteer, please contact Janelle Rolke at or (978) 619-5672

MA DEP Mattress Waste Ban
MassDEP issued its final 2030 Solid Waste Master Plan, which establishes goals to reduce disposal statewide by 30 percent (from 5.7 million tons in 2018 to 4 million tons in 2030) over the next decade. Among its strategies for reaching these objectives, MassDEP will expand its current waste disposal bans by adding mattresses to the list of materials banned from disposal or transport for disposal in Massachusetts effective November 1, 2022.

This means there will be some changes to the way we collect mattresses not only in Salem, but statewide.  The components of mattresses can be recycled - box springs and steel inner-springs can be recycled and made into new steel, mattress foam can be ground up and mixed with binders to form padding and cushions, and box spring and foundation wood can be chipped and used as animal bedding, mulch or biomass fuel. 

The City of Salem is finalizing decisions on how mattress recycling will take place in Salem, so please stay tuned for more details.
Don't put your pumpkins in the trash!

Please visit Green Salem to learn more about your composting options in Salem (paid and free!)