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Trash & Recycling

Recycling Collection

Collection is weekly in most areas, with more frequent pickups downtown.  Curbside recycling is single-stream.  A blue recycling cart is required.  See rules.

Waste Collection

Collection is weekly in most areas, with more frequent pickups downtown and in high-density neighborhoods.  See rules. Collection Schedules. For bulky items, schedule an appointment (fees apply).

Yard Waste

Collection is every week in early spring beginning mid-April and late fall beginning in October. In between spring and fall, curbside pick up of yard waste is every fourth week.  Service ceases in winter, except for Christmas tree collection the third week of January.  See rules.

Composting Through a Vendor

Composting is a great alternative to throwing away food scraps. Food scraps and yard waste currently make up approximately 30 percent of our trash! Check out our brochure to learn how you can start composting through a vendor today!

*Please note that acceptable items are different for each vendor.

Composting at Home

Composting is also possible to do right in your backyard. The State of New Hampshire has different restrictions for backyard composting compared to vendor pick-up. Make sure to review both the New Hampshire and Manchester guidelines and ordinances before starting.

*Please note that meat and dairy items are prohibited from backyard composting in New Hampshire.

Drop Off Facility

The City's transfer station provides an alternative disposal option for most wastes and recyclables generated in Manchester.  Fees and restrictions apply to most materials.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events

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.