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November 12, 2013

City to launch compost program


The city’s recycling committee will spread the word about the compost program this spring, Rose said.

Salem’s newly adopted mandatory recycling policy took effect July 1. The program’s initial 90-day grace period has lapsed, and the city has sent “several hundred” letters to households that have failed to recycle or have put nonrecyclable items in their bins this fall, Rose said.

Recycling Coordinator Jeff Cohen has also distributed 6,000 door hangers, in English and Spanish, explaining the program.

With mandatory recycling in place, curbside composting is “the next step” to remove items from Salem’s waste stream, Rose said.

“People have responded pretty positively (to mandatory recycling),” she said. “It’s been a great opportunity for the city to help educate people. People, in general, want to do the right thing.”

The policy, adopted by the City Council in May, carries a $25 fine for residents who repeatedly fail to put recycling on the curb. Households are fined only after they fail to put recycling out to the curb for eight consecutive weeks, which means the first fines couldn’t be issued until December.

Residents interested in participating in the composting pilot program this spring should take the survey posted at or contact Julie Rose at or 978-619-5679.

Bethany Bray can be reached at and on Twitter @SalemNewsBB.

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