The North East Neighbors Association (NEN) is determined to do something about the increasing problem of trash and litter on Salem’s city streets.  The association is sponsoring a series of clean-up days for the NEN and Grant neighborhoods, beginning Saturday, May 12th with Spring Clean Up – a recycling and trash pickup day at the First Church of the Nazarene parking lot, 1550 Market Street NE.  Individual residents can dispose of items that are too large for the bins supplied to households for weekly garbage pickup, such as tires, furniture, metal, and appliances.

The suggested donation for this event is $5 per car; and $10 per pickup truck, with an additional fee of $2.50 for each tire. Tires must be removed from their rims.

Toxics, construction debris, linoleum, paint, drywall, windows, yard waste, and electronics will NOT be accepted, nor will items from businesses.

The day will also be the kick-off for the NEN “Adopt-a-Street” neighborhood trash pickup.  Every second Saturday, residents will join together to pick up trash in the NEN neighborhood from 9-11 am. Volunteers will meet at the Safeway parking lot at 1265 Center Street NE, near the 12th St. Promenade, at 9 am beginning Saturday June 9th.  Vests, gloves, trash bags, and grabbing tools will be supplied by the city. Snacks will be provided. For more information on the “Adopt a Street” program contact:

The City of Salem has 18 self-directed neighborhood associations, helping to give citizens a voice in their local neighborhoods and in the city as a whole. To find your association, visit the city of salem’s website: