Yardwaste Collection... 

Attention Residents:

Curbside yardwaste collection is not performed in the winter, but will pick back up mid-Spring. Please check back for official start date.


The City of Albany, Department of General Services would like you to know that residents are NOT permitted to rake or place their yard waste loosely into the city streets for collection. 

According to the Codes for the City of Albany, Section 313-4B(2), "Grass, leaves and other yard waste debris shall be placed in biodegradable paper bags approved for such use and/or made available by the City of Albany and placed at curbside for collection." Violators of this code may be subject to a fine and a bill equal to cost of clean up. 

Raking leaves into the streets creates an unnecessary burden on the street sweepers and results in the leaf loads consuming valuable landfill space when they should be organically recycled.

Please put your yard waste in biodegradeable bags and place the bags curbside on your designated collection day. This way, the yard waste will NOT go to the landfill. Instead, it WILL be transformed into highly desireable compost, which is free to residents and perfect for your home garden. To learn more about the City of Albany’s compost facility click here.

Thank you for your assistance. 


Yardwaste consisting of bundled branches, hedge trimmings and filled biodegradable paper yardwaste bags can also be placed curbside on your collection day. 


  • Grass Clippings
  • Leaves
  • Branches
  • Small Stumps
  • Christmas Trees

Special Instructions....

  • Grass and leaves must be placed in a biodegradable paper bag and placed curbside the evening prior to the day of your collection.
  • Branches must be bundled and tied together; should not exceed 4 feet long 
  • Christmas Trees - Please remove decorations, tinsel, lights, etc. Do not place trees in plastic bags!

Do NOT Include..

  • Stones 
  • Large stumps 
  • Bricks 
  • Excessive amounts of dirt
  • Entire trees
  • Decoration, Tinsel, or Lights

Cost: 3 for $1.00

Biodegradable bags are available, for purchase, from the City of Albany from the following locations:

1. Recreation Department 8:30 am – 3:00 pm (M-F)
     7 Hoffman Avenue (518-434-5699)
2. Capital Hills Golf Course 9:00 am – 5:00 pm (M-F) &

     8:00 am – 4:00 pm (Sat-Sun) * Open Seasonally
     65 O’Neil Road (518-489-3526)
3. Treasurer’s Office 8:30 am – 5:00 pm (M-F)
     City Hall (518-434-5035)
4. Department of General Services 7:00 am – 5:00 pm (M-F)
    One Richard J. Conner’s Blvd. (518-434-2489)