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Recycling and Waste Disposal

Schenectady County Compost Facility

The Schenectady County Yard Waste Composting Facility and Resident Recycling Center is located at the Schenectady County farm on Hetcheltown Road in Glenville and is operated by the Schenectady County Soil and Water Conservation District. The facility accepts yard waste, residential recycling (including most electronic equipment), and offers compost, topsoil, and natural and colored woodchip mulch for sale to the public.

The facility is open Monday through Saturday from April through December and Friday & Saturday only from January through March. A Facility Permit Card is required for all residential, in-county commercial haulers, and out-of-county commercial haulers in order to use the Recycling Center & Composting Facility.

The Compost and Resident Recycling Facility will be OPEN beginning April 1, 2020 from 8 am to 3 pm Monday through Saturday. 

Permits will be sold.

All products will be available to purchase.

Audio & Visual Electronic Recycling accepted

"Bulk" furniture, mattress and box springs are no longer accepted.

Freon appliances (with fee) and large household appliances and other metals (no fee) accepted.

Please adhere to the SOCIAL-DISTANCING practice when using the facility.

2020 Tree & Shrub Sale is cancelled for the year.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program

The Schenectady County Hazardous Waste Reduction Program provides information for residents, small businesses, schools and non-profits on how to get rid of leftover and unwanted hazardous chemical items.  Information is also provided to show you how to reduce the use of toxic materials at your home or business. Hazardous waste addressed by the program includes paints, solvents, cleaning chemicals, lawn and garden chemicals, automobile fluids, fluorescent light bulbs, computers, television sets, and cell phones. 

Collection Event Information

The Household Hazardous Waste Collection events allow County residents to bring unwanted hazardous chemicals from around their homes for safe and environmentally sound disposal.  The program is available only to Schenectady County residents with the purchase of a Composting Facility and Resident Recycling Center permit.  The cost of the permit is $20 for the calendar year and can be purchased at the Composting Facility and Resident Recycling Center or the Schenectady County Finance Office at 620 State Street, 3rd Floor, Schenectady, 12305.  Space is limited for each date so make sure to register early. Registration closes one week before each collection date.  To register by phone call (518) 386-2225 x9-556.

Acceptable items include leftover or unused household cleaners, paints and paint related items, lawn & garden chemicals and automobile fluids (except anti-freeze and motor oil), and a variety of other hazardous chemicals found around the house.  Bring items in their original container with the original label if possible.    

The HHW collection does not accept used motor oil, antifreeze, lighting, batteries, asbestos, explosives (including ammunition), smoke detectors, medical waste, grill-sized propane tanks or larger, electronics including TVs, computers or computer accessories, or empty aerosol or paint containers.

Only material from residential households will be accepted.  No waste from commercial, industrial, institutional, or non-profits will be accepted.  Schenectady County does sponsor a program for small businesses and non-profits.

An annual permit for the County Compost Facility and Recycling Center is required in order to participate in the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program. The permit cost is $20 and must be purchased prior to the date of the collection you are attending.

Program Details

The Schenectady County Household Hazardous Waste Reduction Program provides information for residents, small businesses, schools and non-profits on how to get rid of leftover and unwanted hazardous chemical items.  Information is also provided to show you how to reduce the use of toxic materials at your home or business. Hazardous waste addressed by the program includes paints, solvents, cleaning chemicals, lawn and garden chemicals, automobile fluids, fluorescent light bulbs, computers, television sets, and cell phones.

Household hazardous chemicals are any products in the home which are labeled as flammable, toxic, corrosive or reactive. Any labeling that indicates danger also signifies the presence of hazardous chemicals. Household hazardous chemicals can be found in many places around the home and they pose a variety of health and environmental risks.

Flammable indicates that a product may easily catch fire. Flammable products should not be stored near heating sources like furnaces, stoves, space heaters or electrical wiring. Toxic indicates that a product can poison you by eating or drinking small quantities of it. It may also poison you if you breathe it in or even touch it. It is important to keep toxic substances away from children and pets.

 

There are a variety of programs in Schenectady County for the disposal of household hazardous waste. Some of these programs are public and some are private.

  • Corrosive indicates that a product can chemically burn you by touching it or even by breathing it in.
  • Reactive means that a dangerous reaction can occur when two or more substances are mixed or interact with each other. The reaction can be the emitting of hazardous fumes or even an explosion.

Schenectady County Recycling Center

Schenectady County also provides recycling drop-off for county residents at the Yard Waste Composting Facility and Resident Recycling Center.

Acceptable Items
  • White Envelopes
  • Computer, fax and copy paper
  • Kraft paper
  • Brown grocery bags
  • Magazines, catalogs, newspaper
  • Chipboard/box board
  • White & colored ledger paper
  • Notebook paper
  • Paper egg cartons
  • Construction paper
  • Soft-cover workbooks
  • Telephone books
  • Paperback books
  • Junk Mail (including coupons)
  • Juice boxes
  • Milk cartons
  • Aluminum cans
  • Plastic containers #1-7
  • Glass bottles (green, clear, brown)
  • Tin & bi-metallic containers
  • Aerosol cans
  • Aspetic milk/juice cartons
  • Aluminum foil (pie plates, etc)
  • Frozen food cartons
Unacceptable Items
  • Trash
  • Diapers
  • Clothing
  • Styrofoam
  • Plastic bags
  • Bottle caps or lids
  • Carbon paper
  • Plastic liners
  • Mirrors
  • Light bulbs
  • Pane glass
  • Cookware
  • Aluminum items other than those listed
  • Polystyrene
  • Any other item not specified