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Garbage Collection


The purpose of Albany’s waste collection and recycling program is to collect normal weekly generated household trash and recycling from residential properties with 4 or less units. Excessive quantities of trash may be subject to a bill and fine. Excessive amounts of trash is defined as anything not manageable by 1 person, unable to be loaded into a collection vehicle and takes laborers more than 4 trips between the pile and the vehicle. Trash should be placed curbside, prior to 12:01a.m. on the scheduled collection day but not before 4:30 pm of the prior day.

NOTE: Trash cans are not permitted to be stored in public view. 

All garbage should be containerized using heavy-duty plastic bags and/or metal or plastic containers. Metal or plastic garbage containers shall have a maximum volume of 50 gallons and be fitted with a lid. If you wish to dispose of a broken or damaged garbage container please label "CONTAINER BROKEN, PLEASE DISPOSE. " 

BULK TRASH (e.g. household furniture, mattresses and toilets) may also be placed at the curb in limited quantities. Please call the Department of General Services at (518) 434-CITY (2489) at least 24 hours prior to your collection day to inform them of these items. NOTE: Please call during normal business hours (M-F 7am to 5pm).


List of Acceptable Bulky Trash:

  • Couches
  • Loveseats
  • Sofa Beds
  • Arm Chairs/Recliners
  • Tables/Chairs
  • Beds
  • Futons
  • Dressers
  • Mattresses & Box Springs
  • Wood Bed Frames
  • Armoires
  • Shelving
  • TV Stands
  • Porcelain Tubs/Sinks/Toilets
  • Pianos/Organs
  • Misc Furniture

BULKY RECYCLABLES OR WHITE GOODS (e.g. Air conditioners, refrigerators, freezers, stoves, hot water tanks and tires) can also be placed curbside. Please call the Department of General Services at (518) 427-7480 at least 24 hours prior to your collection day to inform them of these items. NYS LAW: Doors must be removed from refrigerators and freezers prior to being put curbside. NOTE: Please call during normal business hours (M-F 7am to 5pm).


List of Acceptable White Goods:

  • Air conditioner
  • Dehumidifier
  • Dishwasher
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Freezer (NYS Law: Doors must be removed)
  • Refrigertor (NYS Law: Doors must be removed)​
  • Furnace
  • Hot Water Tank
  • Microwave Ovens
  • Lawn Mower (All fluids must be removed)
  • Snow Blower (All fluids must be removed)
  • Stove
  • Tires
  • Washing Machine (NYS Law: Doors must be removed)
  • Radiator
  • Cast Iron Tub
  • Cast Iron Sink


Hazardous waste and electronics are NOT accepted curbside, however, the City of Albany sponsors numerous FREE Household Hazardous Waste Drop Off Events each year. Dispose mercury-filled items, electronics and other hazardous materials at the DROP OFF EVENTS. Please click on the links below to learn how to dispose of these items responsibly. This program is available to City of Albany Residents only.



Construction debris can be collected under the following circumstances:

1. Materials are neatly containerized in metal or plastic garbage cans or tied in bundles. Debris must be manageable by one (1) person.
2. Loading the debris into the collection vehicles should take laborers no more than four (4) trips between the debris piles and the vehicle. 
3. Building debris should be placed curbside no more than two (2) times per month on your scheduled collection day. 

Is your garbage bag too heavy?

Is your trash can too full?

Find ways to REDUCE the amount of waste you have to drag to the curb!
Click here to view more about Waste Reduction and Reuse

Reuse or recycle your Holiday Decorations. 

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All holidays will have normal trash and recycling pickup.




Department of General Services
1 Richard J. Conners Blvd., Albany, New York 12204 
(518) 427-7480
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