Waste Transfer Station
The Residential Waste Transfer Station (WTS) opened in 2002 and accepts residential and light commercial wastes.
The vehicle flow of residential customers entering the Town Solid Waste Management Facility first brings them to the Residential Recycling Drop Off Station. The residents can drop off their recyclables before proceeding to the Waste Transfer Station. If residents bring wastes into the Recycling Drop Off Station they can be easily redirected to the Waste Transfer Station. We have expanded the recyclable or reusable materials that manage the same recyclable materials. For a listing of the recyclables or reusable items that we accept currently, please click here .
To facilitate efficient unloading of recyclable materials and wastes in customers' vehicles, we suggest that the wastes are packed first and the recyclables/reusables be packed last. After dropping off your recyclable materials, residents will proceed to the Waste Transfer Station to discharge your Kitchen Garbage waste materials through one of the overhead doors, over the rail onto the tipping floor. We ask that all "garbage, kitchen garbage, trash, refuse" to be disposed of at the Waste Transfer Station be contained in see-through/translucent/clear plastic bags.
If a resident or commercial user has non-Kitchen Garbage, they will be directed to the weigh scale and then proceed to the rear (north) end of the Waste Transfer Station and back into one of two open entrances. After being directed to a tipping location by an attendant, the non-kitchen garbage is discharged onto the tipping floor. Attendants are present to screen the wastes for unacceptable materials and to assist in the off-loading of waste materials.
The term "kitchen garbage" refers to the wastes from your kitchen. Food scraps, food wrapping containers, kitchen cleaning containers and similar small or soft type wastes that you would discharge from your kitchen, bathroom, bedroom or laundry. These wastes from a single residence would be charged at the $4.00 per trip rate. If customers bring wastes up from multiple residents or offices, they should access the Town's facility using the Weigh Scale and will be charged according to the amount of wastes that they are presenting for disposal.
Examples of non-kitchen garbage that would be accepted through the rear (north) entrance would be; furniture, demolition debris, residential clean out materials, wood fence, wood decks, roofing materials, rugs, other similar type waste materials.
Use of the Toll Booth entrance to the Town facility is limited to Town of Colonie Residents only. Residents using the Toll Booth entrance are limited to a maximum of 200 pounds of wastes per trip and/or one piece of furniture only. There is no restriction on residents using the Toll Booth entrance to obtain compost or to present materials for recycling. If the Toll Booth Attendant is not able to determine that a customer meets the criteria for use of the residential entrance to the Town's Facility, he/she must direct the customer to the Weigh Scale. Frequently, this occurs if the Attendant is not sure if the load is below 200 pounds: if seats are removed from vehicles to allow extra space for wastes or if the wastes are not visible due to tinted glass or covers.
If a customer is directed to the Weigh Scale and ultimately is found to have less than 200 pounds, they are charged the same $4.00 for the trip that they would have been if they had accessed the facility through the Toll Booth.
A single piece of furniture is charged at the $5.00 per item. For clarity, a mattress and box spring set is a categorized as a single piece of furniture.
Kitchen Garbage does not include recyclable materials, furniture, appliances or room, garage or basement clean-out waste materials. These items are termed demolition materials and go to the Vehicle Weigh Scale. These loads are charged based upon the weight of the load at the current tipping fee (2000 pounds/ton) for residents prorated by the amount of weight on the load with a $5.00 minimum charge and for non-Town of Colonie Residents a $10.00 minimum charge.
All customers having construction or demolition debris wastes for disposal should go to the Weigh Scale and not the Residential Toll Booth to access the Town Solid Waste Facilities.
The Town accepts bulk metals at a charge of $3.00 per item from residents. The charge is based upon an average sized appliance (cloths washer or drier, stove, dishwasher). Items larger, commercial bulk metals or groups of items will be prorated based upon their approximate size in relation to a stove. For example, three bicycles are one appliance, one lawn mower is one appliance, a metal shed is two to three appliances (depends on size) and a metal boat is at least two and possibly three appliances depending upon the size of the boat. The charge for any quantity of bulk metals below the size of a stove is $3.00.
The Town recycles computer components and televisions and no longer allows these to be disposed of in the Town Landfill. As of April 1, 2011, the Town of Colonie Division of Environmental Services will, as a convenience to residents, accept electronic equipment for recycling at no charge for the remainder of 2011 at the Town Landfill during during normal business operating hours (Monday - Friday: 7AM to 3PM and Saturday: 7AM to 2PM). The Landfill will not accept electronic equipment from non-residents.
The Town recycles empty 20-pound propane tanks. The cost to recycle propane tanks is $3.00 per tank.
The Town recycles car and light truck tires. The cost to recycle car and light truck tires is $1.50 per tire.
If a customer needs assistance in unloading their recyclable or waste materials at the Town facility, advise the Toll Booth Attendant and they will radio the staff to assist the customer in placing their recyclables and wastes in the appropriate locations.
As always, we ask that all of the customers properly contain all of their wastes within their vehicle by use of containers, tarps, covers or netting when they are transporting waste materials to the Town Landfill. Inadequately containing wastes within a vehicle may subject the operator of the vehicle to a ticket from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, State Police or Town Police Department or may be rejected by the Facility Operator and not allowed to dispose of the load at the Town Solid Waste Facilities. We, and our neighbors, appreciate your cooperation in assuring that all of the waste materials being transported to the Town Landfill, reaches the Town Landfill.
If a customer has any other questions in regard to the Town Solid Waste Facilities please call the Division of Environmental Services at 518-783-2827.