Trash Collection Update

Truck for Curbside Collection of Recyclables

The Conversion to Automated Solid Waste Collection

The City of Laconia is converting from manual to automated curbside trash collection on April 1, 2023.

The City will provide trash and recycling containers to those property owners that currently use City-contracted solid waste collection.

Containers will remain the property of the City and will stay with the property when owners or tenants change.  

The containers will be delivered sometime between March 15TH and April 1st, 2023. Each container will have a serial number. Public Works will maintain a database of the serial numbers of the containers provided to each property.

Public Works is using the City’s property database to determine the number of approved apartments/condominium units on a property. Owner’s that have added apartments to a property without obtaining the necessary permissions from the City will only receive containers for the number of units listed in the City’s database.  Property owners of apartment buildings and businesses who have a dumpster will not receive trash or recycling containers

The size and quantity of containers each property will receive is based on the following distribution plan approved by the City Council.

Size & Quantity of Solid Waste Containers

Building Type Recycling Containers
Trash Containers
Single Family Home
1 per unit * 1 per unit **
 with over 3 units
4 4
Business 4 4

If you live on a public road, and you are satisfied with the size and quantity of containers shown above, you do not have to do anything. The containers will be automatically delivered to you.

To efficiently meet the various needs of homeowners, landlords, and businesses, we have designed an order form will allow property owners and businesses to tailor the containers they receive to their needs. For example:  

Stamped Dark Green Container
  • Residents who live on private roads and bring their trash to the public right of way will need to use the order form in order to continue to receive collection services at the City right-of-way.
  • Property owners of businesses receiving city curbside collection service need to complete the order form to adjust the size and number of containers if they want fewer or smaller containers.   Otherwise, the property will automatically receive four 64-gallon trash containers and four 96-gallon recycling containers for the property.

Note that Landlords and residents of apartment buildings do not have the option of selecting a smaller size container as they are sharing containers with other residents in the building.


Get More Information

See a YouTube video that shows how automated collection works 

Compare the new solid waste containers by size

Learn the right way to place the new containers along the street 

Read a summary for single family homeowners     

Read a summary for multi family apartments and condominiums

Frequently Asked Questions

See the FAQ page about the conversion to automated solid waste collection.


Place an order for containers for use with the  new (2023) automated trash collection system.