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TELL US: Is Salem's Trash Pick-Up is On Par?

Tell us how the city's trash and recycling program is working out for you.

It's part of our weekly routine — trash and recycling pick-up. 

In our continuing effort to address quality of life issues in the , we want to know what you think about the quality of the trash/recycling pick-up in town.

Do you think Salem's trash pick-up is on par? What have your experiences been?

Let us know what you think in the comments.

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KlassySalem August 03, 2012 at 07:24 PM
I don't generally have a problem with them. I do wish they were a little less willing to spill stuff out of barrels and bins, and then just leave it on the ground. I wish the city would go to single stream recycling, as well. To all the bottle bill lovers out there, single stream is the way to really increase recycling.
Stephanie Hagyard August 03, 2012 at 07:53 PM
I live in a 15 unit condo building so we have trash done by a private company but our recycling by the city. I wish they wouldn't hurl the trash cans back to the curb. My neighborhood has a friday pick up and I work all day so don't get home until around 5 or so- not easy to pick up the recycling right away. Who knows how many people are up and down the street in my neighborhood before I get home. It is a hard taxing job and I am sure they have alot to do. They went from bi weekly pick up to weekly pick up in the 7 plus years I have lived in salem so that doesn't help I am sure.
john August 03, 2012 at 07:56 PM
But I don't.Do you?
KlassySalem August 03, 2012 at 08:02 PM
Yes, I do. Took me less than a minute to find.
john August 03, 2012 at 08:07 PM
Your amazing.
KlassySalem August 03, 2012 at 08:09 PM
You're lazy.
Michael McNeil August 03, 2012 at 08:14 PM
The woman that was in charge of the State Police goes out on disability for $160,000 a year and we are busting the nads of the guys that pickup our trash for little money.
john August 03, 2012 at 08:17 PM
You hurt my feelings
john August 03, 2012 at 08:22 PM
There is no reason for these guys to be running down the street and driving as fast as they do.I doubt they do it because they want to.
LindyLou August 03, 2012 at 09:48 PM
Not sure why that is pertinent to trash collection in Salem. The trash collectors are paid according to their skill set as determined by the free market. If any of these folks want to make more money they should acquire a larger and or more marketable skill set. And if might behoove them to pick up the random trash/litter caused by the emptying of the trash barrels. As the kind folks of Salem might feel more inclined to pay them more. Exeed expectations!!!
Sally Skinner August 03, 2012 at 09:49 PM
To John - I think that they have a lot of barrels to pick up in a limited amount of time and are under a lot of pressure. Salem's weight limit for barrels is 50 pounds; lifting half of that is hard work and doing that fast is hard on the back. zi think that they do a good job. doing it quickly is harder
chester suchecki August 03, 2012 at 11:25 PM
sp the collective bottom line here is they work their butts off you wish they were neater tossing a 100 tons of trash a day in any weather for dirt wages and you people have the gaull of not being happy with the service. if i were the trash contractor and found out where you lived i would leave you a note to haul your own trash to the recycle center in north andover
LindyLou August 03, 2012 at 11:39 PM
It is dirty work we all know that. but if you are emptying trash and some if falling on the street wouldn't you pick it up.
Cwheels August 03, 2012 at 11:59 PM
What makes you think they work for " dirt wages"?
john August 04, 2012 at 12:20 AM
First,they unload the recycle on Jefferson Ave.Second,instead of having workers running behind all day add more workers so they can do the job properly without killing themselves.I know you think they are olympians,but the only people I see running at work are pro athletes.
chester suchecki August 04, 2012 at 12:50 AM
you people would complain if you got handed a million dollars tax free
gene August 04, 2012 at 11:44 AM
They do a good job on the weekly trash, but fail when it comes to picking up recycling. Have they ever been on time?
Susan Major August 04, 2012 at 12:51 PM
No issues at our building. Trash pickup is timed pretty consistently. Recycling pick-up time is all over the place but I don't see that as a big deal. They always show up eventually.
E. Bruce Patnaude August 04, 2012 at 02:11 PM
The reason that they run picking up barrels is when their route is done for the day they go home. what ever the time is.
gene August 04, 2012 at 03:15 PM
I meant to write yard waste not recycling
Linda August 04, 2012 at 04:16 PM
I love when you put an item out for trash and then the trash men leave it for recycling people and the recycling leaves it for the trash - then guess what? I get let with my trash another week!!
john August 04, 2012 at 04:29 PM
If you call and complain they will come and get it.
Antoine M. Boisvert August 04, 2012 at 06:40 PM
I love our trash guys. They work hard in all kinds of weather, and they are cheerful and friendly to my four-year-old son, who has viewed them as gods since he was less than two. Nobody's perfect, and maybe the city's relationship with Northside is weird, but the guys in the trucks deserve some respect, no matter what they are paid.
Ellen Simard August 04, 2012 at 08:40 PM
I generally do not have a complaint with trash pick-up. Recycling is a different story though. When things fall out of the bins while dumping them into the truck, it is just left on the ground. They will not pick up 3 or 4 bottles or boxes they drop. I have seen this all over the city. I am a walker and have witnessed this and the stuff is all over the streets of Salem...flattened cardboard boxes, plastic bottles, and cups.
Roger August 04, 2012 at 08:56 PM
No doubt, these guys have a dirty & thankless job but I will complain that just after I bought 2 new barrels and both my recycling bins, They are all cracked from tossing them back to the curb. I understand they have a lot to do and are in a hurry but on cold days what do they expect plastic to do when slammed to the cold ground. I thought of billing the city for new barrels. Please be more considerate.
Steve B August 05, 2012 at 03:13 PM
I just moved to Salem from Georgia and I live downtown. I cannot believe I have to leave trash bags on the sidewalk to be picked up. Dogs and cats get in the bags and garbage is all over the place on Tuesday mornings. There has to be a better way!
Antoine M. Boisvert August 05, 2012 at 03:47 PM
Well, Steve, many of us use these handy containers called "trash barrels" both for storing trash out-of-doors, and for putting it on the curb. It does a lot for the animal problem (although sometimes determined animals will gnaw their way in anyhow). Even if you are an apartment dweller I am sure there is a barrel that could be right for you. Winer Bros, on lower Lafayette St, always has a nice selection.
Cwheels August 06, 2012 at 12:21 AM
More often the barrels are broken trying to get the trash out of them, they need to bang them on the hopper to get stubborn and packed down waste out. They gray Brute barrels made by Rubbermaid are by far the strongest, wont break in the cold and resist critters very well.
Wendy August 06, 2012 at 06:16 PM
On the whole it is pretty good. Would like to have more yard waste pick up, at least monthly. I have yard waste and no place to put it and the next pick up is September (and before you say I can take it to the transfer station, I do not have a car).
john August 08, 2012 at 06:52 PM
Well I guess Northside reads Patch.This week all barrels on my street were left upright,either on the sidewalk or close to the curb. They have a vested interest in Salem(transfer station) What will the service be like if the deal gets done?

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