The City collects trash curbside along public streets throughout Manchester. To initiate service, simply place materials on your collection day in accordance with the rules and limitations below.
Please note - Manchester's solid waste ordinances were recently updated. Updates include a universal requirement to place trash in a City-approved trash cart. Enforcement is now in effect.
City-approved trash carts must be purchased. Carts can be purchased at the Drop Off Facility or through our secure online ordering system.
NEW - Overflow Collection
To accomodate the occasional week when occupants of a property have more trash than will fit in their green cart(s), the City is introducing an overflow collection policy. The options below are available only to RESIDENTIAL properties and only on a property's REGULAR COLLECTION DAY.
Holiday Overflow - December 26 through January 7
- Overflow trash may be placed in any standard plastic garbage bag
- Up to four bags per property
- Bag must weigh under 40 lbs
- Broken-down cardboard boxes may be stacked un-bagged
All Other Times of the Year
- Trash must be in DPW-issued Overflow Collection Bags*
- Bag contents must weigh under 40 lbs
- Maximum bags per calendar year:
- Single-family homes: 4 bags
- Two-family homes: 8 bags
- Properties of three or more units: 12 bags
*Overflow Collection Bags are extra-large (32 in X 42 in), specially-marked, orange contractor bags . Beginning January 2, 2020, they may be obtained for free from the Department of Public Works, 475 Valley Street, during regular business hours. Proof of residency is required. Distribution of bags is restricted to the above-mentioned limits.
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.
- Place trash inside a City trash cart (now mandatory for all municipal customers)
- 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)
The following placement rules apply to carts:
- 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
The City's transfer station accepts most wastes and recyclables generated in Manchester, including many materials not collected curbside.
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.
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.
Did you know?
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.