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 downtown business district waste from businesses shall not be placed curbside prior to 2:00 pm on Mondays. Residential waste will be collected Tuesday mornings between 7:30-9:30 am in the downtown business district.

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

All properties are limited to 300 U.S. gallons of solid waste per week. 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!




**If the holiday is not listed, waste and recyclables are collected on your regular collection day.**










Christmas Day

Wed, 12/25/19


Wed combined with Thurs


N/A Christmas trees

collected 1/4/20 thru


New Year's Day


Wed, 1/1/20


Wed combined with TUES




Martin Luther King/Civil Rights Day


Mon, 1/20/20


No change




President's Day


Mon, 2/17/20


No change




Good Friday (Half Day)


Fri, 4/10/20


No change




Memorial Day


Mon, 5/25/20


Mon combined with Tues


Mon/Tues cancelled


Independence Day


Fri., 7/3/20


Fri combined with THURS


Thurs/Fri cancelled


Labor Day


Mon, 9/2/19


Mon combined with Tues


Mon/Tues cancelled


Columbus Day


Mon, 10/12/20


No change


Mon cancelled


Veteran's Day


Wed, 11/11/20


No change


Wed cancelled




Thu, 11/26/20


Thurs combined with Wed


Wed/Th/Fri cancelled


Christmas Day


Fri, 12/25/20


Fri combined with Thurs







  • Starts April 1. Ends Nov 30.
  • 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.
  • More information click here



Recycling is mandatory for fiber/paper and commingled 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 information 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 7:00 p.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:stuffed furniture, upholstered furniture, mixed material

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 furniture and 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.