The city is seeking to raise public awareness about two new recycling programs available to residents. One of them is a partnership between Salem, Marblehead, and Swampscott that allows residents of those three communities to dispose of bulky, rigid plastic items free of charge at North Shore Recycled Fibers, 53 Jefferson Ave. The program is funded through a $9,500 grant awarded in 2011 by the state Department of Environmental Protection. Accepted items must be clean and free of metal, and can include trash barrels, recycling bins, buckets, toys, lawn furniture, pet cages, and plastic sheds. In the program’s first 11 months, 15 tons of materials were collected. The other recycling option is a scrap-metal program initiated by North Shore Recycled Fibers. The company last May added scrap-metal collection to its recycling operations. Residents can dispose of their scrap metal free of charge at North Shore’s scrap-metal yard. Both the bulky plastics and the scrap metal items can be dropped off during business hours, which are typically weekdays from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturdays from 7 to 11 a.m. For more information on the bulky-plastics program, call the Salem Engineering Department at 978-619-5679, and for information on the scrap-metal program, contact North Shore Recycled Fibers at 978-744-4330.