Waste Collection & Recycling

Living in a clean environment is important to us.
This is why we are continually looking for ways to ensure that Schenectady remains a healthy, safe, and green city.

This page will give you an overview of what you can expect from the City of Schenectady in relation to how we collect your waste.

Waste Collection Updates

Yard waste
Yard waste pickup begins April 3, 2017. 

Hazardous Waste
The 2017 dates for the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program are available. Please click here for the 2017 dates. This program is for Schenectady County residents only.

Single Stream Recycling
The City of Schenectady introduced Single Stream Recycling in September 2016. Single Stream Recycling allows you to co-mingle paper, plastic, tin and glass. The new Single Stream Recycling Stickers will be available at City Hall, Room 9. 

Any containers still bearing a Yellow or Blue recycling sticker will still be picked up until the resident obtains the new Single Stream Recycling sticker. 

Single Stream Recycling



To City Residents from Gary R. McCarthy, Mayor:
"The City of Schenectady Waste Collection Departments' goal is to increase public awareness on the importance of recycling. Increased recycling will have a positive effect on our environment, reduce the solid waste sent to landfill and provide financial gains for our community. One ton of recycling removed from the waste stream is a disposal cost savings of $70.67. If recycling were to increase by 1,000 tons per year, it would be a disposal cost avoidance of $70,670..."

Wheels for Wishes


If you have an unwanted vehicle to dispose of, consider donating it to the Make-A-Wish Car Donation program, Wheels For Wishes. Wheels For Wishes is a car donation program benefiting Make-A-Wish® Northeast New York. We are proud to offer an easy way to recycle or donate unwanted cars, trucks, motorcycles, SUVs, RVs, or even boats, by turning them into a wish for a local child. Please click a link about Wheels for Wishes for more information.

Pickup Rules


  • Do not place garbage on the curb before 2 p.m. on the day before your scheduled pick up. Garbage needs to be at the curb by 6.15 a.m. on the day of collection.
  • Empty containers must be removed from the curb within 12 hours after collection.
  • Garbage receptacles larger than 40 gallons are considered oversize, and garbage in any such container will not be collected. Only containers 40 gallons or smaller will be picked up.
Single Stream Recycling
  • To ensure proper collection, label your recycling container with two Single Stream Recycling stickers, one on opposite sides. The Single Stream Recycling stickers replace the yellow and blue stickers.
Yard Waste
  • Yard waste is collected on your collection day.
  • Yard waste must be placed in 30 gallon biodegradable paper bags to be picked up. 
  • Yard waste will not be picked up if it is determined that the bags contain dirt, rocks, or animal feces
  • Brush and branches less than 3 inches in diameter will be collected if they are trimmed to 4 feet or less in length and tied in a manageable-sized bundle. 
  • Poorly tied bundles that fall apart when lifted, will be left by garbage collectors. as will bundles over 4 feet in length.
Construction Debris
  • By law any wood, sheet rock, shingles and anything else considered construction and demolition debris are not permitted to be picked up by the City of Schenectady. For information on how to dispose of these materials, contact the Transfer Station at 518-374-1124.

Questions?
If you have questions that are not answered here, you may call Neighborhood Revitalization/Waste Collection at 518-382-5144.

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