Nashua makes plans for holiday trash

NASHUA – The Solid Waste Department has announced the schedule for curbside collections of trash and recycling during the holiday season.

There will be no delays in collection during the two-week period between Monday, Dec. 20, and Friday, Dec. 31.

The Four Hills Landfill will be open on Dec. 24 until 1 p.m. and closed on Christmas. The landfill will be open Dec. 31 until 1 p.m., and closed on Saturday, Jan. 1. The Solid Waste Department office will be closed on Dec. 24 and 31.

During the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day, the department will pick up any extra trash that doesn’t fit into the collection carts. The trash must be in bags or barrels, and must be placed at least three feet from the cart. This collection is limited to excess holiday household trash, and does not include bulky items, metal items, or household cleanouts.

The department urges people to use the expanded recycling program for cardboard, both gift boxes and corrugated boxes. In addition, most wrapping paper can be put into the recycling bin, though foil and metallic paper is not accepted. Extra containers for recyclables may be used and will be picked up on the regularly scheduled collection week. All cardboard should be flattened and broken down in a size that does not exceed 3 feet by 3 feet.

Residents may also bring extra trash and recyclables directly to the Four Hills Landfill and Nashua Recycling Center.

Though it’s too early to think about discarding Christmas trees, they will be picked up at curbside for two weeks, starting Monday, Jan. 3. Tree stands and ornaments must be removed. Trees should not be put into plastic bags, and will not be picked up if stuck in ice or snow, or placed on top of a snow bank. Trees should be placed at curbside by 6:45 a.m. on collection day, and will be picked up at some time during the two-week period.

As always, residents should clear snow and ice from an area at curbside for both trash carts and recycling bins after a storm. Containers placed on or behind snow banks will not be picked up.

For more information, call 589-3410.