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The City of Albany provides residents with a blue bin for all recyclables.
The City of Albany uses the "Single Stream" method of recycling. Single Stream is where all recyclables such as glass, metal and plastic containers, paper, cardboard, milk carton and juice containers all go in one bin. All of these items should be placed loosely in the bin. No sorting necessary! It’s recycling made easy.
Yard waste for City collection must be placed in a biodegradable paper bag and placed curbside the evening prior to your collection day. Grass and leaves only. No dirt or stones. Branches must be bundled and tied together and should not exceed 4 feet and 4 inches long. Yard waste will not be collected unless it is placed in a paper biodegradable bag. Absolutely no plastic bags.
All appliances should be placed curbside on the regular collection day. When placing a refrigerator curbside, please remove all doors and place doors at the curb.
If a building has a commercial unit in it or the property has more than 4 units it is deemed a commercial space and thus the building owner must provide a private hauler for trash and recycling for the entire building.
The private hauler is responsible for providing a separate receptacle for the purpose of recycling as stated in City Code 313-16. Failure to provide recycling to their tenants can result in a $325 fine.
Residential construction debris will be picked up as long as the following is adhered to:
No. Trash and recycling can only be placed curbside the evening prior to your scheduled pickup day, no earlier than 4:30 pm and no later then 12:01 am. Any items placed curbside earlier or later than the above stated time will result in a fine being issued. The amount of the fine may be up to $650 for violating the City Code. An additional bill will be issued for the cost of removal of the illegal debris.
If you are moving out of your home we encourage you to plan ahead and put a reasonable amount of trash out weekly or to expedite the removal you may hire a private hauler to remove the trash.
No. Trash and recycling can only be placed curbside the evening prior to your scheduled pickup day, no earlier than 4:30 pm and no later then 12:01 am. Any items placed curbside earlier or later than the above stated time will result in a fine being issued. The amount of the fine may be up to $650 for violating the City Code. An additional bill will be issued for the cost of removal of the illegal debris. If you’re going to be on vacation on your scheduled collection day we encourage you to ask a neighbor, friend or family member to place your trash out within these time limits.
No. All holidays will have normal trash and recycling pickup.
All residents, not just homeowners are responsible to maintain their property and the adjoining public ways free of litter and debris, excessive accumulation of animal waste, overgrowth, undergrowth and weeds. Failure to do so will result in the City, after proper notice is given, cleaning the property and billing the homeowner for the cost of the cleanup. An additional fine may be issued up to $650 for violating City Code 313-51.1.
The Department of General Services is responsible for all street sweeping in the City of Albany. All streets are cleaned on a weekly schedule, weather permitting. Any cars that don’t adhere to the no parking signs will be ticketed.
The City of Albany sponsors several free household hazardous waste and electronics drop off days throughout the year. For more information please call 518-434-2489 or visit the Albany Recycles website.
It is the responsibility of all property owners and/or residents to remove snow and ice from the sidewalks adjacent to their property within 24 hours of the end of a snowstorm. In no event shall snow, by anyone, be shoveled, plowed or snow blown into the City streets, carriageways, or crosswalks for removal. Shoveled paths should be wide enough for a wheel chair to pass through. Failure to remove the snow from the sidewalk can result in the City cleaning the sidewalk and the homeowner being billed for the removal as per City Code 323-21/22.
Residents who receive City sanitation services (residential properties with 1 to 4 units) can put out items at the curb after 4:30 pm the night before their scheduled pick-up day. The trash must be manageable by one person, and trash containers must be 50 gallons or less. If a resident has a need to put out excessive trash they should contact the Department of General Services.
A number of Department of General Services crews work to pick up trash, single stream recycling, and yard waste from the curb. Yard waste must be bundled or contained in biodegradable bags. For more information on what materials can be included in recycling, view the Single Stream Recycling Materials (PDF).
No. Due to a New York State law, electronics are no longer eligible for curbside pick up. Residents have several options, including our recycling events or dropping off electronics at the Department of General Services between the hours of 8 am and 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday, and showing proof of residency. For more information about how to get rid of electronics, visit the Albany Recycles Electronics Recycling page.
Residents can request cleanup supplies by contacting the Community Relations Coordinator by calling 518-434-5822 at least one week in advance of the cleanup event. Available supplies include:
Supply availability may vary on days with multiple events. Please contact the Department of General Services as early as possible to reserve tools and schedule drop off and pick up.
To host a special event, residents must contact the City Clerk’s Office and fill out a special event permit application. If the tent or grill is being requested, residents must note that on their permit application.
For more information, visit the Special Events Permits page.
Residents can pick up 30 gallons of compost and mulch from the Department of General Services for free. Woodchips and topsoil are available for purchase. Organizations interested in requesting City mulch or compost for a community project on city property should email the Community Relations Coordinator at least one week in advance of the event.
Residents interested in street trees can take advantage of a 50-50 program in which the Department of General Services covers half of the cost of planting a tree adjacent to residential property. For more information about this program, call 518-434-2489 or email General Services.