Trash, Recycling, and other Waste

How do I get information about the trash collection system?

Please click here to view the Waste Management brochure that contains a complete explanation of the program. The brochure is accurate the dates are not!

Mercury Disposal Ban:

A mercury disposal ban now applies to all residents.  Click here for details.

Trash and Recycling:

All household trash must fit into the wheeled toters supplied by WM. Recycle bins will be picked up as well. Any residence may use as many recycle bins as necessary to accommodate, paper, cans, glass,and bottles. WM does prefer to have the paper separate, but the bottles, glass and cans can be co-mingled into one recycle bin.  If you have any normal household garbage that is not recyclable and does not fit into the toters, you must buy a sticker at the tax office, $1.75 per 30 gallon bag, and you must bring it to the WM drop off center.

What items does the City recycle?

Cardboard, glass jars & bottles, magazines, metal cans, mixed paper, newspapers, phonebooks, and #1 & #2 plastics. Waste Management also picks up recycables. For specific questions about Rochester's Curbside Recycling Guidelines please call Waste Management directly at 332-2386.

Bulky Waste:

Hours of operation for the Rochester Residential Drop off at Waste Management, on the Rochester Neck Road are: Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 8am till 3pm. Rochester residents may bring mattresses, furniture, appliances, (not fridges), TV's, Tires, light construction debris and all recycling at anytime during these hours.

If you cannot get it to the landfill, bulky items are picked up the 2nd FULL week of the month (a full week starts with Sunday) ON YOUR REGULAR TRASH DAY.  Waste Management will NOT pick up any electronics or appliances curbside at any time; these items will need to be brought to the landfill.

2017 Schedule, Weeks Starting:

  • Jan 09
  • Feb 13
  • Mar 13
  • Apr 10
  • May 15
  • Jun 12
  • Jul 10
  • Aug 14
  • Sep 11
  • Oct 09
  • Nov 13
  • Dec 11

Leaf and Yard Waste:

Spring and fall leaf pick up is scheduled with Waste Management of NH each year.  There are two scheduled weeks in the spring and two scheduled weeks in the fall.  The dates are posted in advance on the City Web site and on the Channel 26.  We also advertise the dates in the Foster's Daily Democrat and the Rochester Dover Times.  Waste will be picked up on your normal trash day during the scheduled weeks. Leaves must be put in brown paper leaf bags. Bags are available at several local stores. Brush must be cut into 3-foot lengths and bundled.

2017 Yard Waste Pick Up Dates: Picked up on your regular trash day during the following weeks

  • May 8 through 12
  • May 22 through 26
  • November 6 through 10
  • November 20 through  25

When and where can I drop off hazardous waste such as paints and other household items?

The City has a Household Hazardous Waste Day, and it is usually held in the spring.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day Flyer

The 2017 Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day for the communities of Barrington, Farmington, Milton, Middleton, New Durham, Northwood, Rochester, Somersworth, Strafford, and Wakefield will be held on Saturday May 6, 2017 from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm at the Turnkey Landfill on Rochester Neck Road in Rochester.   For additional  information call the Rochester DPW at 332-4096.

Who picks up my trash and what day? Is today one of the Holiday's that trash pick up is a day behind?

Waste Management picks up the trash. The number at which to reach them is 332-2386. The staff at Waste Management can help you with all of the above questions.  These are holidays when there is a pick up delay: New Years Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas.

Where can I buy a recycling bin?

Recycling bins are available at the Public Works office at 45 Old Dover Road. (Click here for map.) The cost is $5.00 per bin.

Where can I dispose of used motor oil?

Used transmission and motor oil can be dropped off at our office at 45 Old Dover Road between the hours of 7am to 3pm, M-F. (Click here for map.)

What should I do if I see someone dumping trash along the road?

Illegally dumping of trash is dangerous, unsightly, and costly to pick up. If you see someone dumping trash in Rochester, please do us all a favor and call 330-7127 to report it. Thank You!!!

Questions? Contact Waste Management at 332-2386 or the Rochester DPW at 332-4096