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The Division is responsible for planning, development and operation of our Town Solid Waste Management program. It is our goal to provide the solid waste management facilities that are necessary for the stable management of the solid wastes generated within the town, while providing a high level of protection for the public health and environment and at a cost efficient price. The wide range of the Town's Solid Waste facilities that have been developed over the past eighteen years have positioned the Town to effectively manage the diverse nature of the solid waste materials. We've received inquires from our residents and businesses in regard to different solid waste management issues and have developed and implemented programs to address these issues where possible.
The success of our Solid Waste programs, facilities and operations would not be possible without the thirty-two dedicated, skilled and motivated staff who work in the Division. Our staff undertake the difficult work of making sure that the solid wastes that are accepted are properly managed within our solid waste facility, monitor the nature of the wastes that are presented at the facility to assure that they are acceptable for management here and conversely that materials that are not acceptable for management here are rejected and removed from the site.
We try to make the residents and businesses waste disposal experience as convenient and smooth as possible. Our overall philosophy is to divert as many waste materials into the Towns recycling or reuse programs and away from requiring landfill disposal; to maintain the highest possible level of protection for our environment and public health; and to always strive to improve or expand our customer services.
With the initiation of the operation of the first phase of the new Landfill Area #6, in October 2004, we have approximately 15 years of remaining landfill disposal capacity at the current rate of waste acceptance. The Town has undertaken a planning project to determine how the existing Town solid waste management system needs to evolve to assure stable, environmentally sound and cost competitive waste disposal capacity for the Town residents and businesses well beyond our 15 year life. We see this as not an end but as an opportunity to now look at how our existing capacity consumption can be minimized and to begin taking the steps necessary for development of alternative solid waste management systems to take us beyond our current fifteen year life that is projected.
are the operating hours at the Town Solid Waste Management Facilities?
The Landfill Yard Waste Compost, Residential Recycling Station and Residential Waste Transfer Station hours are Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. until
3:00 p.m. Saturday hours are as follows: June through September 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.; October through May 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
The Division office hours are Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. until 4:30
2. What materials are not taken at the Landfill?
The Landfill does not take anything with asbestos in it, any medical
materials, any radioactive materials, any reactive materials, anything
in liquid form (with the exception of oil and antifreeze for recycling,
from residents only) car and light tires (only from residents) and hazardous materials
or hazardous wastes.
3. Does the Landfill take old tires?
The Town's Residential Recycle Station takes up to eight car or light truck tires from residents at one time, with
or without the rims.
4. Does the Landfill take any household hazardous wastes?
No, the Landfill does not take household hazardous wastes for disposal. The Town will undertake three Household Hazardous Waste Drop Off Days at our Residential Waste Transfer Station for collection of Residential Household Hazardous Wastes in 2015. The Waste Transfer Station is located at the Division Solid Waste Management Facility at 1319 Loudon Road (NYS Route 9), Cohoes , New York . This year the residents must call
to pre-register for one of three days when residents can bring their residential household hazardous wastes into the Town Solid Waste Management Facility Site where the Town's Hazardous Waste Collection Contractor, MXI Environmental will accept the materials for proper off-site disposal. Proof of Town residency will be required at the time of delivery of the household hazardous wastes for acceptance in the Town's Program. The dates for 2015 are posted on the flyer in the links at the top of the page.
Town of Colonie Landfill Unacceptable Waste Disposal List
Does the Town recycle old telephone books?
Yes, Residents can recycle old telephone books with the old newspapers.
6. Does the Town take burnt out fluorescent bulbs?
Yes, Town residents can recycle their fluorescent bulbs at the Residential Waste Transfer Station.
7. Does the Town provide a service to residents to pick up
old furniture and large items which the haulers will not pick up weekly?
No, the Town does not provide those services. A resident would
have to contact a company or contact a hauler for that service. The
Town does have a small (6-8 cubic yard) roll off container system
for residents to dispose of select wastes from their residents. This
program is administered through the Town
Department of Public Works, Division of Highways.
Village of Colonie and Village of Menands provide waste and recyclables
collection for the residents within the villages. Questions regarding
the collection of waste or recyclable materials should be directed
to the Village's Department of Public Works.
Does the Town have a program for discarding useable clothes?
Yes, the Division is working with the Salvation Army and has a drop
off box located on the division site near the toll booth. Clothes
must be clean and in good wearable condition.
9. What items are considered recyclable at the Residential Recycling Drop Off Station?
The Residential Recycling Station recycles tires, automotive
waste oil, automotive antifreeze, car batteries (lead-acid), household
rechargeable batteries, phone books, newspapers, plastic (1 - 7), glass (clear,green
and amber), tin cans, corrugated cardboard, magazines, junk mail,
office paper, boxboard (cereal boxes, shoe boxes) metal appliances, bulk metals and soft cover
books, styrofoam packing peanuts, and eye glasses.
materials should be presented separately in a clean, dry condition and
should not be contaminated by extraneous other materials or wastes.
What items are considered recyclable at the curb?
Items that are picked up curbside for recycling are: plastic containers, glass
containers, tin cans, telephone books, newspapers, corrugated cardboard, and license plates.
The conditions for preparing the recyclables and the frequency of collection
are determined by the Waste and Recyclable Materials Collection Companies
who a business or resident may select or hire.
11. Why don't all of the haulers recycle the way the Town requires
residents to recycle?
The haulers are not required to come to the Colonie Solid Waste Management Facilities. There
are other facilities where they can take their trucks.
12. Do residents need a permit to use the Landfill or transfer station?
Yes, all residents should have a green sticker which is placed in their
vehicle window if they are going to use the Landfill or transfer station
repeatedly. The sticker is issued for a specific vehicle and there is
no charge for the sticker.
13. Where can a resident obtain a green sticker?
Stickers are available at the Town Clerk's
office located at the Town Hall across from Siena College on Route 9
or at the toll booth at the Residential entrance. A resident has to show proof of residency by way
of a drivers license or town bill in order to obtain a sticker.
14. Can non-residents use the Colonie Landfill?
Yes, residents from other municipalities may use the Towns Solid Waste Management Facilities, but they can not
bring in kitchen garbage.
15. Does the Landfill accept contaminated soil?
Yes, but certain guidelines have to be followed and a form has to be
filled out pertaining to the contaminated soil. The Director of the
Division or the Engineering Section Supervisor then has to approve each
16. Do businesses need licenses to use the Landfill?
Yes, if a business uses the Landfill or if a business transports solid
waste from the Town, they need to
fill out a hauler license which is kept on file
at the Division. If a company wants to be billed, a credit application
will also need to be filled out and approved by the Town
Comptroller's Office; otherwise, cash or checks are accepted on
the date of usage. If the company that is located outside of the Town
and does not collect solid waste from within the town, they may pay
with check or cash on the date.
17. Does the Division give educational tours of the Town's Solid Waste and Recycling Facilities?
Yes, the Division Staff gives tours by appointment. Annually, we conduct tours
for Pre-school children through Graduate School level Students. We also
provide information and assistance to local High School Students with
their environmental essay assignment.
18. Should the cardboard and newspapers be clean and dry for recycling?
Yes, all cardboard and newspapers have to be clean and dry. If precipitation is likely, we recommend storing your paper and cardboard recyclables to the next collection date.
19. How long will the Town Landfill capacity last?
The current Landfill area will have capacity for waste disposal for
three to four years and the future landfill areas will have approximately seven
to eight additional years. This projected life is dependent upon the rate of
acceptance of wastes per year. The Town has undertaken to balance the
acceptance of waste and the rate of consumption of landfill space to
conserve the landfill space and provide environmentally sound and economical,
local waste disposal capacity for the long term.
20. Can the yard waste compost which is available from the town be used for vegetable
No, it is not suitable for vegetable gardening, but can be used for
landscaping and general gardening.
21. When can compost be obtained?
Compost can be obtained at the landfill Monday - Saturday, anytime the facility is open. Staff is only available Tuesdays, Wednesday and Thursdays.
22. Why are there so many gulls at the landfill?
The gulls are attracted to the site due to the food that is available in the wastes. Their presence causes health concerns for our workers and can pose concerns for aircraft. When there is a problem with the gulls, the Division staff and/or Department
of Agriculture, Fish and Wildlife Division annoy the birds to cause
them to leave the area.
23. Why doesn't the Town recycle more?
The Division Technical staff are continuously evaluating the viability
of additional markets for recycling or reuse of wastes materials currently
not separated for recycling to divert the maximum quantity of materials
from requiring disposal within the Town Landfill.
When new recyclable materials markets are identified, and are determined
to be stable in the future, additional materials can be added into the
recycling program. The Town currently accepts twenty one different recyclable
materials at the Residential Refuse and Recycling Station and Materials
Recovery Facility. These materials are as follows:
" Corrugated Cardboard
" Paper Egg Cartons "
" Metal Containers - Tin Cans
" Plastic Containers - SPI Codes # 1 - 7
" Glass Containers - All colors
" Direct Marketing Materials - Junk Mail
" Telephone Books
" Boxboard (cereal boxes, shoe boxes)
" Used Automotive Oil
" Used Automotive Antifreeze
" Used Automotive Batteries
" Automotive and Light Truck Tires
" Household Rechargeable Batteries
" Styrofoam Packing Peanuts
" Bulk Metal Appliances
" Soft Cover Books
" Propane Tanks
" Eye Glasses
" Cellular Telephones
" Computer/electronic components
The Town is required to periodically solicit for new recycling markets which can cause modification of the types of recyclable materials we can accept.
24. Which waste collection companies are licensed to collect residential
or commercial recyclable materials and wastes within the Town and use
the Town Solid Waste Facilities?
The Division of Environmental Services maintains a list of waste collection
companies who maintain a license to collect recyclable materials and
wastes within the Town and who use the Town Solid Waste Facilities. Click here to view the list of licensed companies.
25. Can the Town accept computer and television electronics for recycling?
The Town of Colonie Department of Public Works will, as a convenience to Town residents, accept electronic equipment for recycling at the Town Landfill Residential Recycling Station during normal operating hours (Monday – Friday 7AM – 3PM and Saturdays 7 AM – 12 noon during Winter Hours (October – May) or Saturdays 7 AM – 2 PM during Summer Hours (June-September). The landfill will not accept electronic equipment from non-residents.
Household electronic items that are accepted for recycling at no charge include computers, LCD type monitors, keyboards, printers, mice, scanners, flat screen televisions (either LCD or plasma), VCRs, DVRs, digital music players, converter boxes, receivers and video game consoles. Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) type monitors, televisions and larger projection type televisions are accepted from Town Residents for a charge according to the following schedule:
$8 for CRT computer monitors
Household appliances are not covered by Electronic Recycling and Reuse Act but are accepted for recycling at the Landfill Residential Recycling Station at the posted rates.
$15 for CRT TV’s up to 47”
$25 for projection type TV’s larger than 47”
When should I put my leaf and yard waste out for pick-up?
The Town recommends placing the bags and barrels out at the curb the
night before your scheduled day of collection. This will insure that
they are out sufficiently in advance of the Private Contractor who
picks up the materials. It is very important that the bags and barrels
are out the night before so that the contractor won't miss collecting
your materials when they start each days route in the early morning.
do not recommend placing the bags and barrels at the curb before the
night before your regular collection day due to the possibility of
the bags or barrels being broken open or dumped out by vandals, being
inadvertently hit by an errant vehicle, having the leaf or yard wastes
beginning to decompose and becoming mal-odorous or becoming excessively
heavy due to saturation in the rain.
TO FIND FIND WHICH FIRE DISTRICT YOUR HOME IS LOCATED IN, PLEASE VISIT
THE TOWN OF COLONIE
FORMS AND APPLICATIONS
Town Application for a License to Collect Solid Waste
Any person, firm of corporation wishing
to engage in the business of collection, removal, transportation,
disposal or processing of wastes or recyclable materials from within
the Town of Colonie is required to obtain a license from the Town
prior to undertaking these activities. The license is issued on a
two year basis and shall expire and must be renewed before the first
day of January following the last year of the license. Currently there
is a charge of $500 for the license and $100 for each vehicle. A copy
of the application for a license to collect solid waste may be downloaded
and upon completion of the form, any party interested in obtaining
a license must submit an original signed copy of the application form
to the Town of Colonie, Department of Public Works, Division of Environmental
Services, 1319 Loudon Road, Cohoes, New York 12047. The license
requires the identification of basic information regarding the name
and address of the applicant, business address, number and description
of vehicles to be used, areas within the Town to be serviced by the
company, type and projected quantity of materials to be collected
and a list of all the facilities that the applicant proposes to transport
solid wastes for processing or disposal.
Click here to view the Application for
Solid Waste Collection License
Town Industrial/Petroleum Waste Tracking & Profile Forms
Any person, firm of corporation wishing
to dispose of industrial wastes or petroleum containing soils in the
Town of Colonie Sanitary Landfill are required to obtain approval
from the Town prior to undertaking these activities. The approval
is issued on a calendar year basis and shall expire and must be renewed
before the first day of January of each year. Currently there is no
charge for the review and approval process. A copy of the Industrial/Petroleum
Waste Tracking & Profile may be downloaded and upon completion
of the form, any party interested in obtaining the approval to dispose
of an industrial waste or Petroleum containing soils must submit an
original signed copy of the Waste Tracking and Profile form to the
Town of Colonie, Department of Public Works, Division of Environmental
Services, 1319 Loudon Road, Cohoes, New York 12047. The license
requires the identification of basic information regarding the name
and address of the applicant, business address, chemical and physical
characteristics of the wastes, description of vehicles to be used,
name, address and contact person of waste generation, location at
which the waste was generated, projected quantity of materials to
be collected and a certification that the material is a non-hazardous
solid waste. The Town reserves the right to reject any waste material
that is determined unacceptable by the Town for any reason.
Click here to view the Town Industrial/Petroleum
Waste Tracking & Profile Forms
Note: The forms listed above are in Adobe Acrobat format. If you do not already
have this application, you can click the logo to the right to download
the program -- there is no charge for it.
NEW YEAR'S DAY
LANDFILL WILL BE OPEN TO RECEIVE COMMERCIAL WASTES ON SATURDAY FROM
7:00 A.M. UNTIL 1:00 P.M.
SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT PROGRAM SCHEDULES
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Colonie Curbside Collection Begins
Colonie’s free 2015 yard waste collection service will begin Monday April 13. As in the past, regularly scheduled weekly curbside collection will be by fire district, as follows: Monday, Midway/Stanford Heights; Tuesday, Shaker Road/Loudonville; Wednesday, Latham/Schuyler Heights; Thursday, Verdoy/Boght/Maplewood; and Friday, Fuller Road/West Albany. Regular weekly service will continue through November 6. After November 6, the Town will continue to pick up yard waste, but not on the regular weekly schedule. Collection will continue through December 11, weather permitting. Call 783-LEAF for more information.
Leaf Bags can be purchased at supermarkets, hardware stores and home centers.
The program can accept lawn clippings, leaves, plant organic matter, branches and light brush up to 3" in diameter and 4' in length, tied with string in manageable bundles or biodegradable paper bags. The program cannot accept rocks, sod, garbage, non-organic materials, plastic bags, cardboard, treated wood or construction debris. We ask that you only put acceptable materials into the leaf bags or rigid containers. Any unacceptable materials could contaminate the compost product that we provide the residents each year.
Please call 783-LEAF for more information.
*NOTE: It is no longer necessary to identify reusable containers with stickers purchased from the Town.
Weekly collection of yard wastes based upon each fire district:
Monday - Midway & Stanford Heights
Tuesday - Shaker Road/Loudonville
Wednesday - Latham & Schuyler Heights
Thursday - Boght, Verdoy & Maplewood
Friday - Fuller Road/West Albany
you have any questions regarding what are acceptable yard waste materials
that can be accepted in the composting program, how to prepare your
yard wastes, what day your yard waste materials are scheduled for
collection, you should contact the Division of Environmental Services
Links to Other
Solid Waste Management Sites
Environmental Issues Council - Electronics Alliance
High School Environmental Center
Polystyrene Recycling Coalition
New York State Assoc. for Solid Waste
York State Environmental Notice Bulletin http://www.dec.state.ny.us/website/enb/
Landfill Methane Outreach Program
National Recycling Council
York State Department of Environmental Conservation Division of Air
Waste Assoc. of North America
York State Department of Environmental Conservation Division of Solid
and Hazardous Materials
U.S. EPA Solid Waste Topics Link
Occupational Safety & Health Administration
How to Contact
the Division of Environmental Services
1319 Loudon Road
Cohoes, New York 12047
(518) 783 - 2827 (Office)
Monday through Friday - 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
(518) 783-2845 (Scale Office)
Saturday - 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
(518) 786 - 7331