About Solid Waste & Recycling

There are three components of Portsmouth's Recycling and Solid Waste program:

1. Collection of waste and recyclables by the DPW

  • Recycling Center drop off collection
  • Residential curbside collection of waste and recyclables
  • Downtown commercial curbside collection of waste and recyclables

2. Transportation of waste and recyclables by the DPW

3. Processing and Disposal of waste and recyclables by outside vendors

*See the 2016 Recovery Rate Analysis here

Solid Waste Ordinance

The City has a Solid Waste Ordinance (click here) that establishes guidelines for trash pickup and disposal. The Department of Public Works' Solid Waste Group is responsible for waste collection/disposal from both private / commercial residences / establishments that fall within established criteria. Our objectives are to:

  • Provide the City with a means of collecting and disposing of solid waste curbside, including recycling and bulky waste in the most efficient and cost effective manner. 
  • Dispose of waste at minimal cost and within industry guidelines. 
  • Ensure waste management practices are in compliance with local, state and federal regulations. 
  • Keep the City's Streets, sidewalks and Central Business District free of all debris and litter. 
  • Maintain all City owned trees, shrubbery and beautification sites. 
  • Provide the City with curbside collection and proper disposal methods for yard waste materials.