The cost of trash collection is becoming more and more expensive, and room for waste is becoming limited in the City’s landfill. Therefore, for the past 4 years, the City imposed a waste collection fee on 2 to 4 unit properties (formerly $180, and now $90 per unit). This fee, coupled with other cost-saving measures by the City, offsets some of those costs.
In 2018, the Albany Common Council decided to reduce this fee (to $90), but to extend it to all residential properties in the City, including single family residences.
Properties with more than four units and commercial properties are already required to provide for their own trash pick-up, which is why they have been left out of the program.