Recycling Related FAQs

Where can I get a recycling bin?

Recycling bins may be purchased at a retail store of the resident’s choosing, so long as the bin complies with the following guidelines:  Eighteen (18) gallon plastic bins or other such solid plastic, metal or fiberglass container identified as acceptable residential recycling containers by the City Manager.  Recycling bins are no longer available for sale at the City Clerk/Tax Office at City Hall.

Where do I get the blue Somersworth trash bags?

The large and small bags come in sets of 10. The small sell for $12.50 and the large for $18.00.

They can be purchased at the following locations:

  • Borderline Beverage
  • Circle K/Irving
  • City Clerk’s Office (City Hall)
  • Cumberland Farms (High Street Only)
  • Hannaford (Dover Central Ave. Store)
  • Hardee’s Market & Deli
  • Lucky’s Supermarket
  • Market Basket
  • Middleton Building Supply
  • Rite Aid
  • Route 108 Beverage
  • Shaw’s (Dover)
  • Shell (1 Longhill Rd. in Dover)
  • Somersworth Gulf
  • Somersworth Village Market
  • Shiva Market (f/k/a Somersworth Village Market)
  • Stateline Store & Deli

How do I dispose of large non-metal items like televisions, sofas, tables, mattresses, box springs, chairs, etc?

You must buy a $4.00 Bulky Waste Sticker at the City Clerk/Tax office at City Hall or the Public Library. Put the item out on your regular trash collection day by 7:00 a.m. The following lists are examples of various items and the estimated cost to dispose of them.

Box Springs (all sizes)$4.00Chairs$4.00
Mattresses (all sizes)$8.00Couch$8.00
Loveseat$8.00Misc. Bulky Waste (per 50 lbs.**)$4.00
Toilets - Porcelain$8.00  
Tub -Fiberglass$4.00  

** Place several small items in a box, not totaling more than 50 lbs. For multiple bulky, lightweight items, bundle together no more than 50 lbs. of waste.

The following items must be brought to Public Works for disposal:

Tires (cars or sm. Truck)$4.00Propane Tanks$4.00
Tires (large truck /tractor)$8.00Waste OilFree (empty containers & take with you)

How do I dispose of large metal items such as a refrigerator, air conditioner, washer, and dryer?

The following items can be scheduled for a FREE pickup on the second Tuesday of every month by calling Public Works at (603) 692-4266. You must be added to the pickup list. These items do require
one or more $4.00 Bulky Waste stickers. Items containing Freon also require a $10.00 Freon sticker.

Air Conditioners$14.00Lawn Mower$4.00 – metal day
Dishwashers$8.00Grills w/o Propane Tank$4.00
Refrigerators$18.00Misc. Metal$4.00 – per 50lb. **
Computers (CPU)$4.00Televisions$12.00 (27” & greater)
Stereos-VCRs$4.00Televisions$8.00 (27” & smaller)

**Place several small items in a box, not totaling more than 50 lbs. For multiple bulky, lightweight items, bundle together no more than 50 lbs. of waste.

How can I get rid of grass clippings, leaves or brush?

Malley Farm is open weekdays 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and weekends 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., during the Spring, Summer and Fall months for disposal of brush and bagged leaves/grass clippings. To get to the Malley Farm, take Centre Road off of Main Street. Malley Farm Road will be on your right immediately after the railroad tracks. Seasonal opening and closing is dependent upon the weather, so please check Channel 22,, or contact Public Works office at (603) 692-4266 to verify opening in the Spring, and closing in the Fall.

There is a “bagged” leaf collection that is scheduled on your trash pick-up day on the fourth week during April, May, October and November. Please check Somersworth City Newsletter, Channel 22 or our website,, for pickup days. All brown paper bags should be curbside by 7:00 a.m. on the day of pickup. Residents need to use brown paper leaf bags that can be purchased at one of our local stores.

Brush pickup will be held on the third week of April, May, October and November. Please check Somersworth City Newsletter, Channel 22 or our website,, for pickup times. You must call at least 24 hours ahead to get on the list for pickup.

PLEASE NOTE: Brush pickup is limited to 20 minutes per stop and any brush not collected in that time needs to be called in for the next pickup. Cleanup of any debris left over is the responsibility of the homeowner. If you have any questions, please call Public Works at (603) 692-4266.

Do you recycle tires?

Yes, we do recycle tires. You can purchase a $4.00 sticker per tire (large truck/tractor tires require two stickers) at the Tax office/City Clerk’s office at City Hall or the Public Library. The tires must be brought to the Public Works facility.

When is hazardous waste collection?

The City of Somersworth partners with the City of Rochester once every year for hazardous waste collection. This year, the date for household hazardous collection is May 16, 2020 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Turnkey Facility, 9 Isinglass Drive, Rochester.

What items are Hazardous Waste Collection?

Bathroom Cleaners
Car Waxes / Polishes
Brush Cleaners
Driveway Sealer
Furniture Polish

Insect Sprays
Lighter Fluid
Metal Polish
Paint (Lead & Oil Based)
Pest Strips / Traps
Photo Chemicals

Radiator Flush
Roofing Tar
Rug Cleaner
Rust Preventative
Wood Preservatives
Wood Strippers

Where can I get leaf bags?

Brown paper leaf bags can be found at most of our local stores. You may want to call the store of your choice before going there to see if they sell them and have them in stock.

Who will pick up my Christmas Tree?

The City collects Christmas Trees once in January after the holiday season. Also, people can drop their trees off at the Public Works Facility in their designated area. Please check Channel 22 and our website,, for information during the holiday season.

How do I dispose of paint?

For latex paint ONLY (water-based), leave the cover off and put it in a dry area until the paint is solid. To expedite drying, you can add kitty litter to the paint until it absorbs all the moisture and solidifies. The can and its contents may then be put into your Somersworth Trash bag and picked up with your regular trash. If the paint is alkyd (oil or lead-based), bring it to the Hazardous Waste Collection Day.

How can I find out when my trash / recycling day is?

The City of Somersworth contracts out their trash pickup. The contract is currently with Waste Management. Trash pickup is once a week, recycling is every other week on the same day. Trash is picked up on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday depending on which street you live on. Refer to the recycling schedule, sorted by street name, to find out your trash is picked up day and recycling weeks. The dates at the top of the schedule reflect when the recycling is picked up.

On the Recycling Schedule is a current list of city streets and their scheduled recycling collection day. This guide is also available on the City’s website For questions, contact Public Works at (603) 692-4266.