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Manchester City Hall will be closed on Monday 1/20. Trash and recycling services WILL still operate.

Published: 01/17/2020 4:00 PM

Manchester, NH: City - Advisory

Manchester City Hall will be closed on Monday, January 20, 2020 in observance of Martian Luther King, Jr. Day and will reopen for all business Tuesday, January 21, 2020. Please note: Regular trash and recycling services WILL still be operating on Monday 1/20.

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There will be regular Trash and Recycling Collection on MLK Day.

Published: 01/17/2020 3:01 PM

Manchester, NH: City - Advisory

Please note that there WILL be regular trash and recycling service on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday, January 20, 2020.

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Trash Collection

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. 

Correct Placement

  • 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:

  • Carts must be situated with handle and wheels facing away from the street.
  • Cart lids must be fully closed.
  • Carts must be placed at the edge of the road, on the street side of the curb (if present); they must not block the sidewalk.
  • Carts must be placed in front of the property at which the trash was generated, unless an alternative placement has been agreed to by DPW.
  • Carts must be placed in a location that allows for access by collection equipment and crews:
    • at least two feet from other carts, trees, mailboxes, parked vehicles, and misc. objects;
    • not behind vehicles, other carts, or misc. objects;
    • not obstructed by snow banks.
  • Where availability of on-street parking is adversely affected, DPW may require that carts be placed in front of the owner’s driveway or along a nearby stretch of street where parking is prohibited.

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.


Carts

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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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