Environmental Services

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are the answers to frequently asked questions about the Environmental Services Division. If the information you need is not addressed here, please contact us during our business hours.

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.

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