Department of Public Works, 680 Peverly Hill Rd, Portsmouth, NH 03801 Phone: (603) 427-1530, Fax: (603) 427-1539 | Contact Us |

Waste Collection Schedule


Weekly Collection, Monday through Friday

Place your waste curbside in a single location in front of your property no earlier than 7:00 p.m. the day before and no later than 7:30 am the day of your scheduled pick up. In the business district waste shall not be placed curbside prior to 4:30 pm on Mondays.

Please note, the City has the right to inspect any curbside rubbish to ensure compliance with local, state and federal regulations.

Private residents may place curbside no more than 3 barrels of 50 pounds each; businesses may place curbside no more than 9 barrels of 50 pounds each. For the City's Solid Waste Ordinances, click here.

It is mandatory to recycle. For details of the recycling program and services click here.

Click here for the Portsmouth Trash and Recycling Collection Route Map


The re-scheduling of collection around the holidays, calendar year 2014:
**If the holiday is not listed, waste and recyclables are collected on your regular collection day.**

New Year's Day Wed, 1/1/14 Wed combined with Th N/A
Martin Luther King/Civil Rights Day Mon, 1/20/14 No change N/A
President's Day Mon, 2/17/14 No change N/A
Good Friday (Half Day) Fri, 4/18/14 No change N/A
Memorial Day Mon, 5/26/14 Mon combined with Tues Mon/Tues canceled
Independence Day Fri, 7/4/14 Fri combined with Th Th/Fri canceled
Labor Day Mon, 9/1/14 Mon combined with Tues Mon/Tues canceled
Columbus Day Mon, 10/13/14 No change Mon canceled
Veteran's Day Tues, i11/11/14 No change Tues canceled
Thanksgiving Th, 11/27/14 Th combined with Wed Wed/Th/Fri canceled
Christmas Day Th, 12/25/14 Th combined with Wed N/A
Yard waste will be collected curbside from 4/1/14 through 11/28/14
Christmas trees will be collected curbside from 12/29/14 through 1/16/15


  • Starts March 31, 2014
  • Use paper bags or trash barrel clearly marked "yard waste".
  • Bags no more than 50 lbs each. 
  • Brush - must be bundled into groups for easy pick up.  Bundles should not be greater than 1' in diameter and 4' in length.  Brush pieces w/in bundles no greater than 5" in diameter.  Use string or twine to bundle.

    As many residents are still collecting leaves and yard waste, the Public Works Department will extend yard waste pickup past Dec. 1 2014 as weather permits.  Remember to use paper bags or a trash barrel clearly marked "yard waste". Bags must be no more than 50 lbs. each.  All brush must be bundled into groups with string or twine and have a diameter no greater than 4 inch and a length no greater than 4 foot long. Contact: 427-1530.

  • More informaton click here


Recycling is mandatory for fiber/paper and comingled recyclables.

Cans, glass and plastic bottles should be rinsed out before being put in the green recycling bins and placed curbside on regular trash collection days. Lids, caps, corks and neck rings must be removed.

Recyclable paper includes newspapers, junk mail, inserts, magazines, office paper and manila folders, phone books, paperback books, paper board (cereal and pasta boxes), cardboard, wax-coated milk and juice cartons and paper egg cartons.

For more informion on what to recycle please click here

To schedule curbside bulky waste collection:
  • Please call (603) 427-1530
  • Public Works will schedule date(s) for collection of specified materials
  • Place the specified material(s) curbside no earlier than 7:00p.m. the evening before the scheduled pick-up date
  • The Public Works Department will collect the material on the specified date(s)
Materials must be separated from weekly trash placed curbside, as directed by the Department of Public Works and in accord with the solid waste ordinance.

Bulky waste will be collected on the following designated weeks of the month:
1st week: furniture & miscellaneous items
2nd week: appliances and other scrap metal (including freon continuing units, such as refrigerators)
3rd week: tires, TVs, computers and other electronics
4th week: wood scraps (clean, painted & treated wood, pallets, etc.)

Residents are not to place the waste curbside without scheduling a collection date with Public Works.

The solid waste services and programs were put in place with fiscal responsibility in mind, as well as complying with environmental regulations.

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