There are three great options for composting in Salem – Curbside Composting, Drop Off Compost Bins at Mack Park, and Home Composting.  Read more about them below and find out which option might be best for you!

1. Curbside Composting

Click Here to learn about composting curbside in Salem with Black Earth or call them at  (978) 290-4610 ext. 1 for more information on signing up.

Join the 560 Salem residents who participate in curbside composting for just $9.99 a month.  

2. Drop Off Compost Bins
at Mack Park


Black Earth Compost has provided these two bins located to the left of the blue field house (marked by a star on the map below). 

  • Salem residents can drop off food waste and organics ONLY in brown paper bags or compostable bio bags. 
  • Please do not dump any yard waste, trash or recycling here. 
  • These bins are available 24/7 for you to drop off compost at your convenience.

3. Home Composting

Please call Micaela Guglielmi at 978-619-5672 to order a discounted, at home compost bin for $25 (1/2 price!) pictured to the right.

Click here for more information about how to compost with Earth Machine


Click here for more information about composting at home from MA DEP

It’s convenient!

Salem’s curbside pick up is either Monday or Thursday depending on your neighborhood (except Thanksgiving Day). You are not required to use compostable liners.  You can use paper bags or newspaper.

Thanks for your interest in composting!

Healthy plants grown in healthy soil do a better job of sucking CO2 out the the air we breath. Great job!

In 2015 alone, Salem diverted about 495 tons of organic waste from landfill or the incinerator.  Between 2014 when the program first started and 2017, Salem has diverted about 840 tons of organic waste from landfill or the incinerator.  In just four years, 840 tons of waste were not buried or burnt, but turned into a useful product.  Instead of generating more carbon, we generated nutrient rich compost. Participants were able to take home six free gallons of rich compost at the end of a year’s participation to use in their own gardens.