Salem/Perry residents can pick up leaf bags Saturday

SALEM — Salem and Perry Township residents are reminded to pick up their free environmentally-friendly paper leaf bags from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Home Depot.

The fifth annual leaf bag giveaway is being sponsored by the city, Perry Township, Home Depot and CCH Environmental Group, also known as the solid waste district serving Columbiana, Carroll and Harrison counties.

Residents should have received a coupon in their water/sewer bill that’s worth 20 free leaf bags. They must present the coupon to receive their free bags. No photocopies will be accepted, with bags distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The distribution is for both city property owners and residents in the unincorporated area of Perry Township. If not a sewer or water customer, the resident should have identification to show where they live. If anyone can’t attend the distribution, they can still get the free leaf bags at Salem City Hall after the distribution date.

The leaf bags are biodegradable, meaning they easily break down and can be mulched right in with the leaves, which means less time and less hassle for workers when leaf pickup begins. If residents use plastic bags, workers have to rip them open and dump the leaves out on the pile so the plastic is not mixed in with the leaves. The plastic bags then have to be placed in the garbage.

City Service/Safety Director Ken Kenst announced that the date for leaf bag pickup in the city has been moved up to Oct. 23 and will continue into December as needed, dependent on the weather.


Perry Township Trustees announced at their recent meeting that leaf bag pickup for township residents will begin Oct. 30 on the north side for two weeks, then move to the south side on Nov. 13 for another two weeks. State Street serves as the dividing line between the north and the south areas of the township.

Residents are encouraged to use the paper leaf bags available for free this weekend. All leaves must be bagged for pickup and should be placed near the curb and be of a size that one person can lift.