Department of Public Works

Environmental Services

1319 Loudon Road
Cohoes, New York 12047

(518) 783 - 2827 (Office)
(518) 783 - 2845 (Scale Office)
(518) 786 - 7331
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Landfill Hours: Monday - Friday 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day: 7:00 a.m - 12:00 p.m.
Saturday: 7:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. (June - September) & 7:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (October - May)

Closed on: New Year's Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day
The Landfill will be opened to receive commercial wastes on Saturday from 7:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.

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The Division is responsible for planning, development and oversight of the solid waste collection, disposal and recycling activities within the Town Solid Waste Management Planning Unit. It is our goal to provide reliable solid waste management for wastes generated within the Town, while providing a high level of protection for public health and the environment. The Town's initial Solid Waste Management Plan (SWMP) was prepared in 1992 and it called for waste reduction and recycling as well as further development of the Town Landfill to provide long term, local solid waste disposal capacity. In 2009 an update to the SWMP was adopted and it included new provisions for promoting waste reduction and increasing recycling as well as providing for continued long term solid waste disposal capacity at the Colonie Landfill through the development of Landfill Area 7. In 2011 the Town entered into an operating agreement with Capital Region Landfills (CRL) to operate the Town of Colonie Landfill and they began operating the facility in September of 2011. In accordance with the adopted Solid Waste Management Plan the Town, in conjunction with CRL, submitted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) and the necessary applications to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) in 2015 for permits to develop Landfill Area 7 at the existing landfill site.

In August of 2016 the NYSDEC deemed the Area 7 Landfill Development DEIS and associated applications (solid waste management permit, air quality permit, and wetlands permit) complete. Public Notices of Completion were published August 24, 2016 in the Times Union and the DEC Environmental Notice Bulletin. To allow for additional public input on the project the published notices also include notice of a 45-day Public Comment Period ending on October 7, 2016 (extended to November 1, 2016) and notice of a NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Public Comment Hearing scheduled for 6 pm on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at the Shaker High School Auditorium. Click here and here to view the notices. A second Legislative Public Comment Hearing regarding this proposed landfill project is scheduled for Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at the Shaker High School auditorium, located at 445 Watervliet Shaker Rd, Latham, NY, starting at 6:00 p.m. to receive unsworn statements from the public. Click here to view the notice. Information on the proposed Landfill Area 7 Project, including copies of documentation submitted to the NYSDEC, may be found by clicking here.

Town Landfill

The Town is currently operating within Landfill Area #5 and Phase 1 of Landfill Area #6. This landfill area has been designed and constructed to exceed the minimum New York State Regulatory Standards to ensure the effective management of the wastes accepted for disposal and to protect the public and areas surrounding environment. The liner system used in Area #6 includes two 60 mil. High Density Polyethylene liners, two low permeability clay layers, two high permeable soil or synthetic drainage layers and a series of leachate collection piping. The landfill is designed and operated to effectively control the non-hazardous solid wastes and protect the public health and environment from being adversely impacted by the disposal of wastes. The town is committed to assuring that the Town Solid Waste Management Facility is available to provide a long term, cost competitive and stable solid waste management and disposal system for our residents and businesses. For example, the Town Landfill is permitted to accept 170,500 tons of solid waste per year. This quantity was selected because it represents approximately the quality of non-hazardous solid waste that is generated annually by the residents and businesses within the Town.

The Town's solid waste management system does not require any waste generator to bring solid wastes to the Town's Solid Waste Management Facility but rather the Town's solid waste facilities participate as options that are available to waste generators if they choose to meet our waste management requirements. In this way the waste generators are able to comparison shop their waste disposal needs and to select the waste management system that best meets their needs and it requires that the Town's solid waste management facilities operate in a cost competitive manner. The Town therefore uses the facility rate schedule to manage the quantity of material that is accepted at the facility. Raising the rates in comparison to the market rates to differ wastes or or lowering the rates to attract wastes, we can assure that, regardless of where the wastes are generated, the Town Landfill facility will not prematurely fill and close.

Landfill Gas Recovery System

The decomposition of the organic materials within the wastes within the landfill generates gases and liquids which are collected and treated in a landfill gas to electric or wastewater treatment facility.The landfill gas collection system is comprised of a series of gas extraction wells and gas collection pipe trenches which remove the decomposition gases from the landfill and direct the gases to a 4.0 MW electric generation facility. The Town uses an active (vacuum) collection system to pull the landfill gas out of the collection system. This system covers the entire closed portion of the landfill that is producing significant quantity of landfill gas.

Municipal Recycling Center

The Town has operated a recycling program at this Town Solid Waste Management Facility since the mid 1980's and in 1990 undertook the first major expansion of the recycling program with the construction of a Materials Recycling Facility and instituted a mandatory source separated curbside recycling requirement.

Currently we have both private and public hauling parties providing collection of recyclable materials within the Town. In both the Village of Menands and the Village of Colonie, municipal crews collect source separated materials on a weekly basis. Outside of the village, Town of Colonie residents utilize several different private haulers to collect source separated, dual stream comingled or single stream comingled recyclables. This type of system is called a subscription system that allows the residents and business to select a collection company based upon different collection services that the hauling companies offer and compare the cost for the various services. Each of the Hauling companies are required to accept old newspaper, corrugated cardboard, plastic containers (SPI Code # 1 through #7), metal contains and glass containers. Some Hauling companies accept more that these basic recyclable materials. Town Residents and Businesses may also consider which hauling company to select based upon the comprehensive recycling system a collection company provides.

The Town also operates a Town Residential Recyclables Drop Off Station for residents who wish to bring their own recyclable materials in directly. The Residential Recyclables Drop Off provides roll off container boxes for comingled fibers and comingled containers located at the Division of Environmental Services' site.

A long term implementation schedule for waste reduction, recycling and landfilling has been developed and is generally described in the Division of Environmental Services program schedule.

Due to changing market specifications and demands, and fluctuating quantities of recyclable materials processed through the Town MRF, in 2003 it was determined no longer feasible to operate the MRF and the building was converted to a transfer facility. Recyclable materials are now stored in bulk until shipped to the processing facilities.

In 2007 the Town completed capital improvements to the Residential Recyclables Drop Off Station to provide more convenient access to the recycling containers.

Town Yard Waste Composting

The Town of Colonie has operated a yard waste composting facility located on a portion of the Town Sanitary Landfill Site at 1319 Loudon Road since 1987. The Town of Colonie composting facility is approximately 5.9 acres in size and accepts between 30,000 and 36,000 cubic yards of yard wastes annually. This "raw" yard waste is converted into a finished humus soil like compost in approximately 12 weeks. During this time, the "raw" yard wastes would be ground in a horizontal grinder to reduce its size to less than 2", placed in windrows (trapazoidal piles 16' wide at the base and 6 foot in height) that are turned with a straddle windrow pile turner every week. At the conclusion of the composting process the humus compost is screened using a 6' diameter trommel screen to assure that the finished product is less than 3/4" in diameter. The Town does not add anything into the yard wastes with the exception of water and a food grade liquid odor control agent.

To enable the composting process to be completed in only 12 weeks in stead of the years that it would take to do in nature, we repeatedly mix the piles, control moisture and physically reduce the size of the materials to be managed to speed up the process. The microbial population that decomposes the yard wastes are naturally occurring in the yard waste materials. It should be noted that the Town also distributes ground uncomposted or partially composted material to local farmers for use in amending the organic content of the soils on their farms. Only stable finished yard waste compost is distributed for residential uses. Yard Waste Compost is available to the public at the Town Sanitary Landfill, Village of Colonie Department of Public Works, Village of Menands Department of Public Works, and on Conservation Day at the Town Library. The Division of Environmental Services, Highway Division, Latham Water Division, Pure Waters Division and Recreation Department all have used the composted material as topsoil for restoration after construction projects, if any is produced in excess of the needs of the residents.

The finished compost to be produced in the Town Yard Waste Composting Program is distributed to residents of the Town on a first come first served basis in the spring (May) through fall (November) for as long as the material lasts. Compost is distributed at a site to the NORTH of the residential waste transfer station. The Town of Colonie monitors the yard waste composting process and determines when the compost is acceptable for distribution. The Town provides the processing, loading, and hauling equipment, as well as labor, to break down the yard waste compost piles and move the material to the distribution area. The monitoring plan includes periodic monitoring of the yard waste piles for temperature and moisture, sampling of the yard waste for heavy metals on a semi annual basis, and sampling for pesticides and herbicides on an annual basis. Testing for moisture content is conducted upon construction of a windrow and on an as needed basis.

The compost analysis is used to assure the quality of the material is acceptable, and to provide nutrient, micronutrient and heavy metal quality information to the staff and the users of the materials. This data substantiates that the quality of the compost is excellent. The yard waste material is collected by County Waste from April to November. They move through the Town each week, collecting the yard waste from within a fire district and transporting it to the Town Yard Waste Composting Facility. Residents place their yard waste materials in biodegradable paper bags or special rigid containers that are marked by special stickers that are identified for yard waste only at the curb the night before their scheduled pickup. The contractor then observes the yard waste to assure that it meets the program requirements and then loads the yard waste into refuse style compactor trucks. Any unacceptable materials set out for collection are left at the curb and tagged with a rejection sticker. Yard Waste Materials are normally received from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on a Monday through Friday basis. Additional hours (4:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.) and days of operation (Saturday and Sunday) are utilized as needed to assure prompt collection of the yard waste materials. Processing of collected materials only occurs on a Monday through Friday schedule. Windrow Piles will be generally oriented and constructed in a North to South direction. In the summer months, water is added, as necessary, at either the horizontal grinder conveyor discharge to improve mixing or at the windrow piles. This allows for greater moisture retention in the windrows, and subsequent degradation enhancement. In 2004, we undertook the screening of compost to improve the finished compost quality. Approximately 5,000 CY of finished compost is screened in the Spring. Any yard waste received at the composting site, which is not acceptable for grinding or composting, is disposed of in the Town Sanitary Landfill.

A resident may purchase a Town of Colonie Compostable Material Sticker to identify a rigid container for yard wastes only. The private collection company can thereby identify the special containers to be collected. The stickers are sold to residents for $.50 each. The primary benefit of the rigid container is the ability to utilize reusable containers during the summer, when typically smaller volumes of woody brush and larger volumes of grass are generated. A summary of the results of the annual compost analysis is presented below: 2010 Compost Analytical Summary

  • pH: 8-8.2 su
  • Moisture: 40-60 % Total Kjeldahl Nitrogen: 2.1-2.8 % (dry weight basis)
  • Nitrate: less than 0.02%
  • Ammonia: less than 0.6%
  • Total Phosphorous: less than 0.5%
  • Potassium: less than 1.5%
  • Chloride: less than 0.03%
  • Lead: less than 78 ppm*
  • Cadmium: less than 0.6 ppm
  • Mercury: less than 0.05 ppm * ppm = parts per million
Waste Transfer Station (open Monday through Saturday)

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.

A non-metal boat for disposal is classified as demolition materials and will be charged by the weight of the unit.

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 $5.00 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 $5.00.

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 $5.00 per tank.

The Town recycles car and light truck tires. The cost to recycle car and light truck tires is $3.00 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.

Landfill Fee Schedule
To view the Landfill Fee Schedule, please visit our Document Center page.
Forms & 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, 347 Old Niskayuna Road, Latham, NY 12110 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.
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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 is required to obtain approval 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 a signed copy of the Waste Tracking and Profile form to the Town of Colonie Landfill, 1319 Loudon Road, Cohoes, New York 12047. The form 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 Landfill reserves the right to reject any waste material that is determined unacceptable by the Town for any reason.
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Household Hazardous Waste
Household Hazardous Waste 2019 Drop-Off Schedule
Wed. April 24th and September 18th, 4:00pm - 7:00pm
Sat. June 29th, 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Town of Colonie Landfill
1319 Loudon Rd. (Rt. 9)
Cohoes, NY 12047
Town of Colonie residents (by appointment only). Proof of Residency will be required at the time of disposal.
You must pre-register by calling:

Household Hazardous Waste Information Line
Toll Free: 1-800-494-2273 (Monday-Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm)

Please do not call sooner than 30 days prior to the Drop-Off Date.

2019 Household Hazardous waste flyer


NOTE: We reserve the right to refuse any material which is not deemed acceptable to the managing chemist on site.

Acceptable Yard Waste Materials
  • Acids
  • Adhesives
  • Aerosols
  • Boric Acid
  • Brake Fluid
  • Cements
  • Charcoal Lighters
  • Chlorine
  • Cleaning Fluid
  • Corn & Wart Remover
  • Degreasers
  • Disinfectants
  • Drain Cleaners
  • Dry Gas
  • Dyes
  • Epoxies
  • Flea Collars & Powders
  • Hair Removers
  • Herbicides
  • Inks
  • Insecticides
  • Insect Repellants
  • Lacquers
  • Lubricants
  • Moth Balls or Flakes
  • Muriatic Acid
  • Nail Polish
  • Nail Polish Remover
  • No Pest Strips
  • Oven Cleaners
  • Paints: Latex & Oil Based
  • Paint Remover
  • Paint Thinner
  • Permanent Solutions
  • Pesticides
  • Photo Chemicals
  • Pool Chemicals
  • Rat Poison
  • Rust Solvents
  • Solvents
  • Spot Remover
  • Toilet Bowl Cleaners
  • Tub & Tile Cleaners
  • Turpentine
  • Varnish
  • Weed Killers
  • Wood Pesticides (some)
  • Wood Polishes
  • Wood Stains

Remember: the "best method" for disposal of unrestricted pesticides is proper use. If not banned, restricted, or outdated... use according to directions or give to a friend to use.

Unacceptable materials
  • Asbestos
  • Anti-Freeze
  • Biological or Medical Wastes
  • Dioxin Suspect Pesticides (2, 4, 5T, certain formulations of Weed-Be-Gone and Silvex)
  • Electronics (tv and computer)
  • Explosives and Flares
  • PCB's
  • Pentachlorophenol
  • Pressurized Tanks and Gas Cylinders (Propane Tanks)
  • Radioactive Waste (smoke detectors)
  • Waste Oil

These materials can be brought to the Town of Colonie Landfill during regular business hours for recycling.

Electronics Recycling Policy
July 8th, 2016

Effective April 1, 2011, the New York State Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act (Article 27, Title 26 of the Environmental Conservation Law) assigns responsibility to manufacturers for the collection, recycling or reuse of discarded electronic equipment. A list of New York State Registered Covered Electronic Equipment Manufacturers and their brand(s) is now available at

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.

Common household electronic items that are accepted for recycling at no charge include computers, computer keyboards, laptop computers, mice, modems, printers, routers, scanners, telephones, telephone answering machines, VCRs, DVRs, DVD players, digital music players, converter boxes, satellite receivers, receivers, video game consoles and most other common household electronic items.

Computer monitors, televisions and projection type televisions are also accepted for recycling from Town residents for a charge according to the following schedule:

  • $10 for computer monitors
  • $15 for TV's up to 50 inches
  • $25 for projection type TV's and TV's larger than 50 inches

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.

Questions or concerns regarding this program should be directed to the Town of Colonie Department of Public Works, Division of Environmental Services at 783-6292 or via mail.

How To Reduce Your Junk Mail

Do you receive a lot of unsolicited or junk mail each day? If you collected this material for month, you'd be amazed by the amount of unsolicited mail that we all get While there are no easy answers to reducing the quantity of wastes we generate there is something that you can do to reduce the amount of Direct Marketing Materials or "Junk Mail" that you receive.

The Direct Marketing Association (DMA) maintains a registry that you may write to get your name taken off the mass marketing mailing lists.

To be effective you must write to the registry and they will keep your name in the registry for a five year period. We suggest that you write or email the registry periodically (monthly) to make sure they get you off the list. Please remember to include all of the names that you receive direct marketing materials under. Companies who are members of the DMA are required to check the registry list periodically and remove any one listed on the registry from their mailing lists.

Most of the companies who use the DMA registry are national marketers and not local businesses or organizations which do not typically use the registry program to minimize their mailing lists. You will need to write to these local businesses or organizations directly to request that your name be removed from their lists.

We suggest that you update this system periodically to minimize the potential for you to be "re-listed" under another name. It will take a period of months (2-4 months) for the registry to be effective in reducing this unsolicited mail. You needn't worry, this will not cause your not to receive mail from companies which you have done business with in the past.

To Register with the DMA, write to:

P.O. BOX 9008
FARMINGDALE, NY 11735-9008

A copy of the form is also available over the Internet at:

The Town Residential Recycling program is also able to accept direct marketing materials for recycling at the Residential Recycling Drop Off Station located at the Town Landfill Site, 1319 Loudon Road (NYS Route 9). The Town Recycling program can accept any type of mail you receive that doesn't contain plastic or metals and is separated from other waste and recyclable materials so that they are not contaminated, wet or intermixed.

Also, several of the Waste Hauling Companies accept Direct Marketing Materials in with their Old Newspapers/Fibers recycling programs. Please contact your Waste Hauling Company to ask if they accept old mail in their recyclables collection program.

The Town Recycling facility is open Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Saturday, 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

We recommend that each resident send their name into the registry to reduce the amount of unsolicited mail that they receive and then recycle their remaining mail. It is far better for the environment to stop generating these materials as waste and to reuse the recyclable materials than to use up our nature resources.

If any one has any questions regarding the Town recycling program please contact the Division of Environmental Services at 783-6292 or visit the Environmental Services webpage.

Solid Waste Facility Operating Agreement
On July 28, 2011, the Town Board approved an agreement authorizing Waste Connections, Inc. to operate the landfill on behalf of the Town. Below are answers to some questions about what the agreement means to the Town of Colonie and its residents.

Solid Waste Facility Operating Agreement Exhibits

The landfill agreement saves taxpayers millions of dollars in current and future financial obligations.
We did not sell the landfill. We still own it. Waste Connections, Inc. will operate the landfill on behalf of the Town.
For the first time ever, annual curbside rate increases will be capped for Town residents who are customers of Waste Connections and for the Village of Colonie and the Village of Menands. Previous to the agreement, there were no such safeguards.
Residents can still bring trash to the landfill. Annual rate increases at the gate will be capped.
The landfill will still provide free compost.
The Town's free curbside lawn and leaf pick-up will continue as before.
Yes. The landfill will be open on Saturdays.
Residents will still be able to drop off hazardous household waste for free on designated days.
Landfill employees are part of the Town's Department of Public Works and will be allowed to continue working within the DPW. Waste Connections will also interview those preferring to remain at the Landfill.
The agreement contains many safeguards. If Waste Connections does not perform as stipulated, the Town may terminate the agreement and retain all prior payments. If warranted, the agreement also provides for negotiation of higher payments to the Town after 15 years.
Hazardous waste is prohibited under the Town's landfill permit, under which Waste Connections will operate. The agreement also prohibits importing waste from outside the region.
Waste Connections successfully manages landfills for several municipalities similar in size and demographics to Colonie. It is a publicly traded company with a strong credit rating. Waste Connections was also willing to cap rate increases for residents, which was important to us.
  • Deficit: A $23 million signing payment means the Town can immediately eliminate both the landfill deficit and the governmental funds deficit. The remainder will be held in escrow for landfill debt service payments.
  • Landfill Closure Costs: More than $20 million in landfill closure and post-closure costs mandated by New York State will be paid on the Town's behalf. This relieves taxpayers of a significant tax obligation that would otherwise stretch far into the future.
  • Guaranteed Annual Income: The Town receives guaranteed annual payments over the 25 years of the agreement totaling a minimum of $33.5 million ($2.3 million annually for the first five years and $1.1 million annually for the remainder of the contract.)
  • Waste-to-Energy Revenue: The Town will now receive the revenue from its waste-to-energy operation, conservatively estimated at $700,000 a year, for a total of $17.5 million over 25 years. Previously this revenue was used to support landfill operations.
  • Landfill Debt: Future capital improvements at the landfill will be paid for by Waste Connections, Inc. The Town need not take on new debt for needed upgrades.
  • Bond Rating: Elimination of landfill and general fund deficits could result in an opportunity for an upgrade to the Town's bond rating, yielding further savings.
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 p.m.
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.
The Town's Residential Recycle Station takes up to eight car or light truck tires from residents at one time, ONLY without the rims.

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 2016. 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 1-800-494-2273 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, Care 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 latest drop-off dates can be found here.
Town of Colonie Landfill Unacceptable Waste Disposal List

Yes, Residents can recycle old telephone books with the old newspapers.
Yes, Town residents can recycle their fluorescent bulbs at the Residential Waste Transfer Station.
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.

The 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.
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.
Unneeded medications may be taken to the New York State Police Troop G Headquarters located at 760 Troy Schenectady Rd, Latham, NY 12110 24 Hr. / 7 Days per week.
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.

Recyclable materials should be presented separately in a clean, dry condition and should not be contaminated by extraneous other materials or wastes.
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.
The haulers are not required to come to the Colonie Solid Waste Management Facilities. There are other facilities where they can take their trucks.
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.
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.
Yes, residents from other municipalities may use the Towns Solid Waste Management Facilities, but they can not bring in kitchen garbage.
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 application.
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.
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.
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.
The current active Landfill area has a capacity for waste disposal for approximately two years and the future landfill area currently under construction will have approximately twenty 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.
No, it is not suitable for vegetable gardening, but can be used for landscaping and general gardening.
Compost can be obtained at the landfill Monday - Saturday, anytime the facility is open. Staff is only available Tuesdays, Wednesday and Thursdays.
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.
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. For a list of these materials click here.

The Town is required to periodically solicit for new recycling markets which can cause modification of the types of recyclable materials we can accept.
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.

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, keyboards, printers, mice, scanners, VCRs, DVRs, digital music players, converter boxes, receivers and video game consoles. Monitors, televisions and larger projection type televisions are accepted from Town Residents for a charge according to the following schedule:

Computer monitors, televisions and projection type televisions are also accepted for recycling from Town residents for a charge according to the following schedule:

  • Computer monitors, $10.00 fee
  • TV's up to 50", $15.00 fee
  • Projection type TV's and TV's larger than 50", $25 fee
  • All other electronics, No Charge

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.

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.

We 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.

Solid Waste Management Programs
Yard Waste Brush Program
Yard Waste Brush Program 2019 Curbside Collection Schedule
Weekly scheduled pick up will be April 15th through November 8th.
Unscheduled Yardwaste collection will continue through December 6th, 2019, weather permitting.

NOTE: Where a legal holiday falls on a collection day, pick up for All fire districts may occur on another day during that week.
Monday – Midway/Stanford Heights
Tuesday – Loudonville/Albany Shaker Rd
Wednesday - Latham/Schuyler Heights
Thursday – Boght/Verdoy/Maplewood
Friday – Fuller Rd/West Albany

Yard Waste is collected in the Villages of Colonie & Menands on a weekly basis. For questions about collection within your Town or Village, please call:
Residents of Town of Colonie, Village of Menands and Village of Colonie.
Place your yard waste in biodegradable paper bags or in your reusable container.
NOTE: Containers must not be over 32 gallons in volume or 40 pounds in weight.
Place the bags and/or containers at the curbside for your pick up day.
Biodegradable paper bags can be purchased at Supermarkets, Hardware Stores and Home Centers

2019 Yard Waste Brush Program flyer

Pick-up zones map

NOTE: It is no longer necessary to identify reusable containers with stickers purchased from the Town.

If 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 at 783-LEAF.

Acceptable Materials
  • Lawn clippings
  • Leaves
  • Plant debris
  • Branches & brush up to 3" in diameter & 4' in length, tied with string in manageable bundles (or biodegradable bags)
  • Hay

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.

Acceptable Yard Waste Materials must not contain:
  • Rocks
  • Sod or dirt
  • Garbage
  • Non-organic material
  • Plastic bags
  • Cardboard
  • Treated wood
  • Construction/Demolition Debris
  • Metal of any type
  • Bee Hive Nests

Unacceptable Yard Waste Materials
  • Bags or containers over 40 lbs. In weight and 32 gallons in volume
  • Any yard waste in plastic bags (this includes orange pumpkin bags)
  • Wreaths due to wire
  • Branches or brush that are not bundled with twine, string or bagged (no wire or tape)
  • Branches or brush over 3" in diameter and 4' in length
  • Branches stuffed in containers
  • Garbage
  • Yard waste containing rocks, sod or dirt
  • We will not enter private property to pick up yard waste. Please put yard waste at curb
  • Yard waste frozen in reusable containers

Residents may pick up compost produced from the yard waste program free of charge. Compost can be used for the following:
  • Soil conditioner
  • Increase moisture holding capacity
  • Soil permeability
  • Lawn establishment
  • Ornamental plant potting soil
  • Ornamental plant & shrub mulch

Compost is not recommended for use in vegetable gardens.

Christmas Tree Pick Up
2018 Christmas Tree Pick Up