Automated Trash Collection

Collection Carts
The Division of Public Works, Solid Waste Department provides one trash cart for each residential unit that is served by the department, to be used for regular household trash. The special cart is made of sturdy plastic with a rugged handle, attached cover and large wheels so it's easily moved, even when full. The cart is the only acceptable container for trash - no other containers will be picked up. Carts remain the property of the City of Nashua and may not be moved from the assigned property. Each cart has an identification number on the front that is registered to a specific address. Record the ID number of your cart.

Residents are responsible for ensuring that carts are kept clean and not defaced; do not add any signs or lettering to the cart.

Note: Only these special carts will be picked up in the automated collection program. (Nashua Revised Ordinances, Chapter 270) View the trash and recycling schedule page.
Auto Truck

Collection Guidelines

  • Please place trash carts at the curb no earlier than 24 hours before collection day, and by 6:45 am on the scheduled collection day.  Carts must be removed from the curb by the end of the collection day.
  • All trash must be in plastic bags and in the cart.  Late set-outs will not be picked up.
  • No overflow at anytime will be picked up, all extra bags of trash from move-ins, celebrations, Spring/Fall cleaning or move-outs must be brought to the Four Hills landfill under a $5.00 landfill sticker. (Exception: Christmas)
  • Carts must be placed at the edge of the road, within 2 feet of the curb with the arrow on the lid pointing towards the street (cart handle must face the house).
  • Separate the cart from obstacles – Such as mailboxes, fence, utility poles, other trash and recycling carts as well as recycling bins. Soft yard waste bags or barrels must also be at least 3-5 feet from the trash cart, or placed on the other side of the driveway.
    Please place cart at least 10 feet away from a parked car.
  • Keep cart away from low-hanging branches or wires.
  • Carts blocked by vehicles or other obstructions may not be picked up.
  • During winter, please CLEAR a space at the road for carts and recycling bins, Please DO NOT put containers on top of or behind or in snow banks 
  • All construction & renovations work including wall to wall carpeting and backing must come over the scale to be weighed in.


Call 603-589-3410 for separate pick-up of oversized items and tires. The special collection of oversized items and tires begins in the mid-Spring and finishes at the end of October. There are no special pick-ups from November to mid-Spring.

Do Not Place in Cart:

  • Ammunition
  • Asbestos
  • Auto parts
  • Commercial trash
  • Construction and demolition debris
  • Fluorescent light bulbs
  • Hazardous waste
  • Hot ashes
  • Large metal objects
  • Oil or Propane tanks
  • Recyclables
  • Soft yard waste or Brush
  • Sharps, medical, or infectious waste

Directly to Landfill

The following materials must be brought directly to the Landfill:
  • Waste oil
  • Auto Batteries
  • Propane tanks
  • Asbestos (24 hour notice and regulatory compliance required)
  • Construction and Demolition debris
  • Electronics (including microwaves)
  • Antifreeze

Landfill Office

Please bring the following materials into the office at the landfill:
  • Fluorescent light bulbs
  • Household batteries
  • Mercury thermostats and thermometers