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July 8, 2013

Salem expands recycling program

SALEM — The city is offering several new recycling services for residents:

Free recycling of products containing mercury. Mercury thermostats and thermometers may be recycled at the Board of Health, 120 Washington St., fourth floor, or at the Department of Public Services at 5 Jefferson Ave. Fluorescent light bulbs (which contain mercury) may be recycled at Winer Brothers Ace Hardware at 86 Lafayette St.

Free e-waste recycling. On the last Saturday of every month, residents can bring almost anything with a plug to the Department of Public Services, 53 Jefferson Ave., between 8 a.m. and noon. This includes computers, televisions and small household appliances.

Free sharps disposal. The Salem Fire Department at 48 Lafayette St. will accept needles and other sharps. Place sharps in an approved sharps container that can be purchased at any pharmacy.

The limit of three barrels or bags of trash per household remains in effect, but residents can now purchase overflow bags for times when they generate additional trash. Each overflow bag costs $2.50 and may be purchased at Crosby’s Market, Winer Brothers ACE Hardware on Lafayette Street, the Department of Public Services on Jefferson Avenue, or at the Collector’s office at City Hall.

The new initiatives are the result of new contracts for trash and recycling, which resulted in more than $250,000 in annual savings to taxpayers, according to a city press release. The city now has three contracts: with Northside Carting, to collect trash and recyclables; with Covanta Energy, to dispose of solid waste; and with the Newark Group, for recycling processing.

As of July 1, the city has also begun enforcing mandatory recycling. Residents are required to recycle paper, cardboard, plastic, metal and aluminum, which are picked up weekly curbside.

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