Garbage Collection...


The City of Albany collects garbage from residential dwellings with four (4) units or less located on a single property. Excessive quantities of trash are subject to billing and a fine up to $625.00. Trash should be placed curbside, prior to 12:01 on the scheduled collection day but not before 4:30 pm of the prior day.

NOTE: Trashcans 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 ITEMS (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. 

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) 434-CITY (2489) 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.

  • Air conditioner
  • Dehumidifier
  • Dishwasher
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Freezer (NYS Law: Doors must be removed)
  • Refrigertor (NYS Law: Doors must be removed)​
  • Furnace
  • Hot Water Tank
  • 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.


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. 

Click here for TIPS and INFORMATION

All holidays will have normal trash and recycling pickup.


Department of General Services
1 Richard J. Conners Blvd., Albany, New York 12204 
(518) 434-2489 (CITY)​​​