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No trash, recycling or yard waste collection on Memorial Day

Published: 05/25/2019 8:00 AM

Manchester, NH: City - Advisory

There will be no trash, recycling or yard waste collection on Monday, May 27, in observance of Memorial Day. Residents whose collection day falls on the holiday should place their items for pickup on the following day; all other residents should put their items out on their normal collection day but...

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Yard waste collection switching to every other week

Published: 05/23/2019 8:00 AM

Manchester, NH: City - Advisory

Curbside yard waste collection changes to its mid-season, every-other-week schedule beginning the week of May 27. Have trouble keeping track? Download your personalized collection schedule directly to the calendar on your smart phone, laptop, or other device. It’s simple and free.

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Trash Collection

The City collects trash curbside along public streets throughout Manchester.  To initiate service, contact the Highway Division.

Automated Trash Collection Pilot Program - At the August 2, 2016, Board of Mayor and Aldermen (BMA), the Department of Public Works proposed to gradually transition a little over half of its trash operations to automated collection.  In response, the BMA directed the Department to implement a limited pilot program in select areas of Manchester.  See Automated Trash Collection Pilot Program and Why Automated Collection? for more details.

Rules and Limitations

Municipal curbside collection of trash is subject to State and local regulations designed to protect the safety of collection crews, minimize the use of landfills, and prevent hazardous wastes from damaging environmental resources. 

Correct Placement

  • Place trash inside one of the following (per City ordinances, § 91.66):
    • City trash carts (mandatory for downtown properties, properties of three or more units, and properties in an automated collection pilot area)
    • Other trash barrels, no larger than 33 gallons, constructed of metal or plastic, and with handles for lifting and a cover that keeps moisture out
    • Plastic bags, securely sealed, between 13 and 33 gallons
  • Limit the weight of trash in any one container to 75 pounds
  • Follow guidelines on syringes and sharps by enclosing them in a rigid, secured and labeled container
  • Always enclose pet waste, diapers, feminine hygiene products, saw dust, and ashes (cold only) within a securely-tied plastic bag
  • Place trash at the edge of the road, without blocking sidewalks or access to your recycling cart, by 7 AM of your collection day
  • For bulky items, such as furniture and appliances, schedule an appointment (fees apply)

Prohibited Materials

  • Construction/demolition debris
  • Electronics with video displays, video recorders/players, and hard drives
  • Hazardous materials and wastes (including mercury-containing products)
  • Infectious or radioactive wastes

Consult What Goes Where? to see how to dispose of these and other items.

Alternative Disposal Options

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The City's transfer station accepts most wastes and recyclables generated in Manchester, including many materials not collected curbside.

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Hazardous waste is not collected curbside.  Residents may bring household products to one of the semi-annual collection events, held on the second Saturdays of May and October.


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Roll-out trash carts in 35g, 65g, and 95g sizes may be purchased at the Drop Off Facility.  Carts come with a limited, ten-year warranty from the date of manufacture. 

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City crews collect trash from approximately 24,000 residential and commercial stops every week, providing service to over 100,000 customers.  Over 37,000 tons of trash are collected in a typical year.

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