Effective October 2010 residents can now combine all of their recyclables into one container and will no longer need to separate them. This new process called “single stream recycling” makes recycling easier for the residents while incurring no additional costs to the city.

"Single Stream Recycling" means no more seperation of acceptable commodities. All recyclable commodities listed in the YES column below can be placed together in the same container.

If you require an additional container, please contact the DPW Dispatcher at 270-4579 or the Solid Waste Management Office at 279-7161.


Acceptable Commodities

Look for these symbols on your recyclables

  • White Envelopes
  • Computer, Fax and Copy Paper
  • Craft Paper
  • Brown grocery bags
  • Magazines and Catalogs
  • Newspapers
  • Notebook Paper
  • Paper Egg Cartons
  • Construction Paper
  • Soft Covered Workbooks
  • Telephone and Paperback Books
  • Junk Mail
    (Includes envelopes and coupons)
  • Juice Boxes
  • Milk Cartons
  • Food and beverage containers made of tin or aluminum or Bi-metal
    (including empty aerosol cans)
  • Glass
    Bottles or jars made of green, brown,amber, or clear glass
  • Aseptic Milk/Juice Cartons
  • Aluminum Foil
    (pie plates, etc)
  • #1-2-3-4-5-6-7 Plastics
  • Frozen Food Cartons
  • Can tops / Lids
  • Pizza Boxes
  • Regular Garbage/Trash
  • Diapers
  • Clothing
  • Styrofoam
  • Plastic Bags
  • Food
  • Compost
  • Yard Waste



No collection on these holidays. Recyclables will be collected on the next business day following the holiday. (Monday through Friday)

  • New Years Day
  • Independence Day (July 4th)
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day


Newspapers, Cardboard, Plastics, Metal, and Glass

  • Collection Containers must be used for newspapers, cardboard, plastics, metal, and glass.
  • DO NOT place your recyclables in plastic bags!
  • Collection containers should be placed out for collection after 6:00 pm the night before your scheduled collection day.

If your recycling is not collected on your scheduled day, LEAVE YOUR CONTAINER OUT AND CALL THE DPW DISPATCHER (518) 270-4579 as soon as possible. DO NOT wait to call for missed collections!

Bulk Refuse Collection - Call (518) 270-4579 for collection of large household furnishings, appliances, toys, tires, clothes, owner generated construction & demolition material, etc.

Yard Waste collection - Call (518) 270-4579 for collection of yard waste (grass clippings, leaves, brush and small limbs) Branches, hedges and other small limbs should be a maximum of 5' in length and should be tied in bundles not exceeding 75 pounds. Residents are encouraged to use paper biodegradable yard waste bags when placing this material out for collection. Bags are available at local hardware and department stores. DO NOT PLACE YARD WASTE LOOSE IN THE GUTTER IN FRONT OF YOUR PROPERTY.

Other Programs - Contact the City Solid Waste Management Office at 279-7161 for more information regarding these programs:
Metal/White Goods Recycling
Electronics Recycling (including: fluorescent bulbs and household batteries)
Household Hazardous Waste Collection

Contact the DPW Dispatcher (518) 270-4579 for additional information, regulations and to schedule your collection.

Collection Fees will be assessed based on the volume of material to be collected.

Waste Reduction - Waste reduction is as important as recycling. Both benefit the entire community by protecting the environment, conserving landfill space, and saving money. Here are some helpful hints to reduce waste:

  • Buy only what you will use, but whenever possible,
  • Buy the items you use often in bulk qualtities or economic sizes.
  • Purchase durable, repairable goods.
  • Buy products with the least amount of packaging.
  • Buy products made from and packaged in recycled materials.
  • Find ways to reuse household products. Reuse paper and plastic grocery bags.
  • Save magazines and give them to friends, neighbors, nursing homes, schools, etc.
  • Donate unwanted goods to charity or hold a garage sale.


Since the closure of the Troy Landfill, the City recycling program has had a significant positive impact on City finances. The most important financial factor has been in the area of avoided disposal costs. Annual solid waste disposal for the City averages 1.2 million dollars. The residents of Troy, through the curbside recycling program, have diverted an annual average of 2,400 tons of recyclable commodities. As the City pays for every ton of disposed solid waste, at an average tipping fee of $53.00 per ton, Troy residents have saved the City an average of $115,000 annually through curbside recycling.