How do I know if I will be charged the fee?

Starting in 2021, the WCF will be billed on your January property tax bill.  In 2022, you will see a charge listed as “2022 Waste Coll” with a charge of $90 per unit.  If you were charged the WCF on your bill, but believe you should be exempt, contact our office by email or call us at 518-434-5036 to request an exemption application.   The program is expires annually, unless renewed by the Common Council.

If you have questions about the Waste Collection Fee, you may email us. You may also contact the Treasurer’s office at 518-434-5036, or the Department of Buildings and Regulatory Compliance at 518-434-5995, if you have any questions about your Residential Occupancy Permit (ROP) or status of vacancy.

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1. Why is the fee being charged on only residential properties of less than four units?
2. How will it be determined who will have to pay the fee?
3. How do I know if I will be charged the fee?
4. Who will the fee be paid to?
5. How long will I have to pay the fee for?
6. Are there any exemptions to the program?
7. What if my residential unit will only be occupied for part of the year, may the fee be charged on a monthly basis?
8. I think I am entitled to an exemption. How do I make sure I get one?
9. What documents are needed to prove I am entitled to an exemption?
10. What if I don’t own the property for which I am billed the fee?
11. How do I submit my waste collection fee exemption application?
12. How do I find out whether my exemption has been granted?
13. How long does an exemption last after it is granted?
14. What if I disagree with the Department’s decision to deny my exemption?
15. What happens if I do not pay the fee?