Trash, Recycling, and other Waste

How do I get information about the trash collection system?

To view a copy of the 2019 Waste Management Program Guide and Schedule Click Here 

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 Waste Management (WM).   Waste Management has also supplied Rochester residents with Recycle Toters that will be dumped on the same day, by a different WM truck.  Recycled materials, such as paper, cans, glass,and bottles should be loaded into the yellow covered recycle toter as is.  Do not place in grocery store bags, they are not recylable.   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 on the Rochester Neck Road.

What items does the City recycle? Cardboard, glass jars & bottles, magazines, metal cans, mixed paper, newspapers, phonebooks, and all plastics.  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 8am till 3pm and Saturdays 8am to 5pm. 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 are unsure about what can be brought to the drop off please call WM at 332-2386.

If you cannot bring a large item to the drop off center, large or 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.

2019 Schedule, Weeks Starting:

  • Jan 14
  • Feb 11
  • Mar 11
  • Apr 15
  • May 13
  • Jun 10
  • Jul 15
  • Aug 12
  • Sep 9
  • Oct 14
  • Nov 11
  • Dec 9

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.

2019 Yard Waste Pick Up Dates: Picked up on your regular trash day during the following weeks

  • April22 through 26th
  • May 20 through 24
  • October 21st through the 25th
  • November 18th through  22

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 2019 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 4, 2019 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 and recycling.  The number at which to reach them is 332-2386. The staff at Waste Management can help you with the above questions.  These are only 6 holidays when there is a delay for pickup, those days are New Years Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. When the holiday fall on one of these days, that day and the remainder of the week will be delayed one day.

Where can I buy a recycling bin?
There is no longer a need for bins.  The new carts are supplied by Waste Management and the bins are no longer

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