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Posted on: February 26, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Mayor Sheehan and DGS Kickoff Re-Imagining City of Albany Recycling & Waste Reduction Program

Date: February 26, 2021
Contact: Frank Zeoli, Deputy Commissioner

ALBANY, NY – Today, Mayor Kathy Sheehan and Department of General Services Commissioner Sergio Panunzio announced a re-imagined Recycling & Waste Reduction Program. In the coming months, the Department of General Services will engage with residents through an education campaign focusing on recycling, anti-single use materials, waste reduction, food waste composting, food donation and textile recycling, through community outreach and engagement. 

To help in this endeavor Mayor Sheehan introduced the city’s two newest employees, Phil the Bin & Les Waste, who by example, will help educate and inspire the residents of the City of Albany to Recycle More & Waste Less. 

“Due to the challenges that we have all been facing because of COVID-19, recycling hasn’t necessarily been at the forefront of our minds,” said Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan. “Thanks to Commissioner Panunzio and Deputy Commissioner Zeoli, we now have Phil the Bin and Les Waste to remind our residents of the importance of recycling, composting, and reducing waste. I look forward to learning all the ways that we can help improve our environment.”

Be sure to follow the Phil the Bin & Les Waste's Facebook page and YouTube channel to see how you can do your part to improve recycling and composting practices and reduce the amount of waste you put into the waste stream. Any questions regarding this re-imagine campaign should be directed to the Department of General Services at (518) 434-2489 or visit





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