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Yardwaste Collection

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. 


*Biodegradeable bags do not need to be purchased from the City of Albany.


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
  • 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 
  • Stumps 
  • Bricks 
  • Logs
  • Excessive amounts of dirt
  • Entire trees
  • Decoration, Tinsel, or Lights

Cost: 3 for $2.00

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


1. Department of General Services 7:00 am – 5:00 pm (M-F)
    1 Richard J. Conners Blvd. (518-427-7480)

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)


* Biodegradable bags do not need to be purchased from the City of Albany to be collected curbside.