Waste Collection & Recycling

Single Stream Recycling


The City of Schenectady begins Single Stream Recycling as of September 19th, 2016 and September 20th, 2016 in the Village of Scotia.

All recyclable material can be co-mingled into one container for collection.
Any containers still bearing a Yellow or Blue recycling sticker will still be picked up until the resident obtains the new Single Stream Recycling sticker. 
The new Single Stream Recycling stickers will be available at City Hall, Room 9.

Click the link to see our "Single Stream Recycling" sticker: Single Stream Recycling Sticker

If you have any questions regarding Single Stream Recycling, please contact 518-382-5144 for further assistance or questions.

Single Stream Recycling

To City Residents from Gary R. McCarthy, Mayor:
"The City of Schenectady Waste Collection Departments' goal is to increase public awareness on the importance of recycling. Increased recycling will have a positive effect on our environment, reduce the solid waste sent to landfill and provide financial gains for our community. One ton of recycling removed from the waste stream is a disposal cost savings of $70.67. If recycling were to increase by 1,000 tons per year, it would be a disposal cost avoidance of $70,670..."
Logo of program and city seal
If you have an unwanted vehicle to dispose of, consider donating it to the Make-A-Wish Car Donation program, Wheels For Wishes. Wheels For Wishes is a car donation program benefiting Make-A-Wish® Northeast New York. We are proud to offer an easy way to recycle or donate unwanted cars, trucks, motorcycles, SUVs, RVs, or even boats, by turning them into a wish for a local child. Please click a link about Wheels for Wishes for more information.
Pickup Rules
  • Do not place garbage on the curb before 2 p.m. on the day before your scheduled pick up.
  • Garbage receptacles larger than 40 gallons are considered oversize, and garbage in any such container will not be collected. Only containers 40 gallons or smaller will be picked up.
  • By law any wood, sheet rock, shingles and anything else considered construction and demolition debris are not permitted to be picked up by the City of Schenectady. For details on how to dispose of these materials, contact the Transfer Station at 518-374-1124.
  • Yard waste can be left at the curb on your regular garbage pickup day. Yard waste must be placed in 30 gallon biodegradable paper bags to be picked up. Brush and branches less than 3 inches in diameter will be collected if they are trimmed to 4 feet or less in length and tied in a manageable-sized bundle.
  • Yard waste will not be picked up if it is determined that the bags contain dirt, rocks, or animal feces. Poorly tied bundles that fall apart when lifted will also be left by garbage collectors, as will bundles over 4 feet in length.
  • If you have questions that are not answered here, you may call Neighborhood Revitalization/Waste Collection at 518-382-5144.
Sidewalk and trees on Schenectady Street