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 2015:
**If the holiday is not listed, waste and recyclables are collected on your regular collection day.**

New Year's Day Thu, 1/1/15 Wed combined with Th N/A
Martin Luther King/Civil Rights Day Mon, 1/19/15 No change N/A
President's Day Mon, 2/16/15 No change N/A
Good Friday (Half Day) Fri, 4/3/15 No change N/A
Memorial Day Mon, 5/25/15 Mon combined with Tues Mon/Tues cancelled
Independence Day Fri, 7/3/15 Fri combined with Th Th/Fri cancelled
Labor Day Mon, 9/7/15 Mon combined with Tues Mon/Tues cancelled
Columbus Day Mon, 10/12/15 No change Mon cancelled
Veteran's Day Wed, 11/11/15 No change Wed cancelled
Thanksgiving Thu, 11/26/15 Th combined with Wed Wed/Th/Fri cancelled
Christmas Day Fri, 12/25/15 Fri combined with Th N/A
Yard waste will be collected curbside from 4/1/15 through 11/27/15
Christmas trees will be collected curbside from 01/05/15 through 1/16/15


  • Starts March 30, 2015
  • 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 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: 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.

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