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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)

Recycling Manager: Darren Smith 
Phone: (603) 924.8095

Download the 2024 Recycling Brochure
See the Report of 2022 Recycled Materials/Revenue Breakdown HERE

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 BAG PRICING CHANGE as of Monday April 1st, 2024
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: $11.50; 33 gallon bags: $23.00). 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.


August 12th, 2021 Changes to rubble disposal: 
The recycling center is no longer accepting rubble of any kind. Concrete, bricks, cement, or pavement. These items can go to Mathewson Company located on 160 Norway Hill Road Hancock, NH.  Hours Of Operation: Office Hours Monday - Friday: 7AM to 4PM  (603) 525-3549  It is suggested to call prior to going. There is a fee for all rubble except for pavement.

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

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