Garbage Collection

The Bureau of Sanitation collects and disposes of approximately 14,000 tons of municipal solid waste per year. We collect from the 17,000 residential households and approximately 3,000 business properties in the city per week in a safe, efficient and sanitary manner. The Bureau of Sanitation also collects all recyclable materials such as plastic, glass, metal, paper and yard waste from residential properties in the city.

To schedule a pick-up call (518) 270-4579 or (518) 270-1115. To report a possible code violations, please call Code Enforcement at (518) 279-7180.

Collection Schedule

Your physical address will determine when garbage and recycling is collected at your property. Find your collection day using the below maps:

  • Garbage Routes – North | PDF
  • Garbage Routes – South | PDF
  • Solid Waste Management Fee – Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)
  • 2021 Solid Waste Fee Exemption Form (PDF)
  • Frequently Asked Questions: Pay-As-You-Throw (PDF)
  • Info-graphic: Pay-As-You-Throw (PDF)

Weekly Household Garbage Collection

There is weekly collection in every neighborhood. Please call the Department of Public Works at (518) 270-4579 to find out when your household garbage will be picked up. Household garbage should be placed out to the curb or in the alley after 7:00pm the night before your pick up day, or before 6:00am the day of your pick up. Household garbage is primarily food or other organic waste and food packaging.

Garbage and waste must be placed in a water-tight plastic container and may NOT be placed at the curb in a plastic or paper bag. Please see associated pages for proper handling of recyclables and yard materials. If animals manage to break open the trash container, it is the responsibility of the resident to clean up the trash.


The City of Troy’s “single-stream recycling” collection program allows residents to combine all their recyclables into one container. This means no more separation of acceptable items, making recycling easier for the residents while incurring no additional costs to the City.

For more information on the City’s single stream recycling program and a full list of accepted recyclable materials please visit Troy’s recycling web page. If you have any additional questions about recycling please contact the Public Works dispatcher at (518) 270-4579.

Holiday Collection

Remember that legal holidays will affect your garbage pick up schedule. There will be no garbage & recycling collection on the following days (unless otherwise specified):

  • New Year’s Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • July 4th
  • Christmas Day

Recyclable items will be collected on the next business day following the holiday.

Bulk Refuse Collection Policy

Due to staffing limitations from the COVID-19, bulk collection is currently suspended. Home or property owners who place oversize items curbside will receive a violation and fine.

For more information on City services affected by the novel coronavirus, visit

Items such as furniture, appliances, carpets, tires and mattresses may be picked up by making an appointment with DPW at (518) 270-4579. You can also submit a request online using our Junk/Bulk Items Form.

For more information, visit the Bulk Pickup page.

Tires will be picked up from residential properties ONLY. There will be no pick up of tires from commercial properties. 

Yard Waste

UPDATE: Starting August 1st, 2019, the city will no longer collect yard waste/leaf bags contaminated with non-organic materials (metals, plastics, cardboard/paper, etc.) OR yard waste which has been put in plastic bags. For more info, visit

Yard waste (grass clippings, leaves, brush, branches, etc.) is collected on a call-in basis throughout the year. You can also make a request online using our Yard Waste Form. Residents can place yard waste curbside on the evening before your scheduled day for pick up in biodegradable bags. Curbside location must be easily accessible from the street.

Do not set yard waste behind cars, fire hydrants, poles, and bushes or on top of sewer vents. Do not place yard waste in the street or on the sidewalk. Because yard waste is recycled into mulch, all other materials must be removed. Trees and limbs that have been cut by contractors must be removed by the contractor. Tree trimmings and hedge trimmings must be secured in tied bundles not heavier than 75 pounds, not more than 5 feet in length nor more than 18 inches in diameter. Leaves and lawn clippings should be placed in biodegradable paper yard waste bags, which are available at most hardware and home improvement stores. Setting yard waste curbside during any day/week other than the specified day/week of the residence will result in fines.

Solid Waste Violations/Penalties

Any solid waste material including construction and demolition material set out to the curb at other than scheduled times is considered illegal disposal. For these violations, the Litter Officer will issue a court appearance ticket and fines will be imposed.


[ATTENTION: The Alamo trash disposal facility is currently closed to the public. If you have any questions please call our Department of Public Works office at (518) 270-4579 or (518) 270-1115.]