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Recycling Center

The Recycling Center is located on Scott Mitchell Road, Peterborough, NH 03458.
Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.  Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday (Closed Sunday, Monday, Thursday)
2021 Holiday Closures: November 26th (Fri),  December 25th (Sat), and January 1st 2022 (Sat)

Recycling Superintendent: Scott Bradford
Phone: (603) 924-8095

Permits are required to use the Recycling Center. Permits are available for a $5.00 annual fee, and may be issued to residents of both Peterborough and Sharon.

For details about disposal prices, what can be recycled, and hazardous waste collection, as well as the Recycling Center Hold Form, please see the blue menu bar to the left. 

Pay As You Throw System
Peterborough uses a pay-per-bag system.   This system requires all non-recyclable waste to be disposed of in special bags that are available for purchase at the merchants listed below. This system is intended to promote and encourage recycling because there is no fee involved with the disposal of most recycled materials, therefore the more you recycle the less your waste disposal will cost*. Solid waste disposal is paid for through the purchase these of bags. This makes everyone responsible for the waste they generate.
The retail price of bags covers any fees associated with waste disposal such as  hauling and tipping fees, as well as the distribution of the bags. Bags are available in two sizes: 15 & 33 gallons and are sold  in rolls of 10. (15 gallon bags: $7.50; 33 gallon bags: $15). No other bags or containers will be accepted for trash disposal. Peterborough trash bags are not available at the Recycling Center; you can find them at the following merchants:

Agway - Rt 202 South
Belletete’s - Rt 202 North
Shaw's Supermarket- Rt 101 West
Nature's Green Grocer - 374 Union Street

Our “Pay as you Throw” program was implemented on November 1, 1999, and there was a noticeable reduction in the amount of trash disposal and an increase in the amount of material being recycled. Overall, the end result means a major decrease in disposal costs. Thanks to all of our patrons for helping make this happen.


On Tuesday, 5/4/21, The Peterborough Recycling Center will again begin accepting pre-sorted #1 and #2 plastics.   (Due to changes in the plastic recycling market we are only accepting #1 PETE plastic bottles and jugs. We are no longer accepting the #1 plastic clamshells; e.g. lettuce, fruit, egg containers,  or any other plastic with a #1 on it. No changes on the  #2 HDPE plastic)

To avoid the facility being inundated with more materials than can safely and effectively be processed with limited staff and storage space, we are asking that residents adhere to the following schedule of disposal for #1 and #2 plastics during the first three weeks of resumption of these items:

  • Week 1: 5/4/21 through 5/8/21 – residents with license plates ending in even numbers may recycle pre-sorted, pre-rinsed #1 and #2 plastics.
  • Week 2: 5/11/21 through 5/15/21– residents with license plates ending in odd numbers may recycle pre-sorted, pre-rinsed #1 and #2 plastics. 
  • Week 3: 5/18/21 through 5/22/21 – residents with license plates ending in a letter or symbol may recycle pre-sorted, pre-rinsed #1 and #2 plastics.
  • Week 4: 5/25/21 and beyond: all residents may recycle #1 and #2 pre-sorted, pre-rinsed plastics.

This schedule does not apply to the collection of items previously resumed at the Recycling Center.  Residents can continue to bring these items as well as all others listed on the Town’s website. For a complete list of items currently being accepted, please visit the Town’s website.
There will be a limit of 2 bags or barrels of recyclable plastics per visit while the above schedule is in effect.  Only #1 and #2 plastics will be received, and they must be pre-sorted, rinsed, and with caps removed to be received at the facility.

We anticipate this schedule to greatly aid Town staff as we continue to safely resume recycling operations the facility; and would like to thank the public for their patience and support.  We expect that this process will allow our staff to safety and effectively manage the potential for a high volume of recyclables that have been stored by many since the start of the pandemic.  

The public is encouraged to reach out to the Department of Public Works with any questions, comments, or concerns by calling or emailing Scott Bradford, Recycling Manager, at 924-8095 or, or Seth MacLean, DPW Director, at 924-8000 ex.102 or

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