Waste Collection Fee Program
On January 4, 2016, November 19, 2018, December 16, 2019, and November 16, 2020, the City amended Albany City Code § 313-3 to charge an ANNUAL, January to December, waste collection fee (WCF) on all residential homes of four units or less, including single family homes. The yearly $90 fee covers all waste collection pickup (i.e., solid waste; see more information on the General Services page).
Starting in 2021, the WCF will be billed directly on the property tax bills. If you were exempt in 2020, you will not receive a WCF on your 2021 tax bill. All delinquent 2019 ($140 per unit) and 2020 ($90 per unit) WCFs will be added to the 2021 tax bills with no additional late charges. The City eliminated the $50 late fee for non-payment of the WCF in 2020. Late fees for the WCF will now be the same as the late fees for non-payment of property taxes (4% in February after property taxes are due, and 1% per month thereafter).
This fee is per unit. Therefore, the charge for a single family home is $90, a two family property is $180, a three family property is $270, and a four family property is $360 per year. It offsets a part of the cost of curbside garbage collection generated by people living in those units and will be reevaluated annually.
If you have any questions, the Department of Buildings & Regulatory Compliance and the Treasurer's office is happy to answer them. You may send an e-mail to or call 518-434-5036. You are also welcome to view the FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) about the fee and how it will operate.
- Included in the FAQ section is information regarding exemptions to the Fee.
If you have any questions about the status of your Residential Occupancy Permit (ROP) or as a Vacant Building on the Vacant Building Registry, contact:
- Department of Buildings and Regulatory Compliance
200 Henry Johnson Boulevard
Albany, NY 12210
- Phone 518-434-5165
- Fax 518-434-6015
If you have questions about your WCF bill or your exemptions, contact:
24 Eagle Street
Albany, NY 12207