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.

Weekly Household Garbage Collection

There is weekly household garbage collection in every neighborhood. Household garbage should be placed out to the curb or in the alley after 7:00 pm the night before your pick up day, or before 6:00 am 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.

Schedule a pickup

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:

Residents can also contact the Department of Public Works at (518) 270-4579 to find out when their household garbage will be picked up.


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.

Yard Waste

For information on leaf bag and yard waste collection, visit our Yard Waste Collection page.

Holiday Collection

Remember that legal holidays can affect the weekly 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

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 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. 

Solid Waste Collection Annual Fee

Each residential property is subject to an ANNUAL garbage collection fee. The payment is due in two installments. For information about the annual garbage collection fee and frequently asked questions visit our Solid Waste Management page.


If you wish to apply for an EXEMPTION complete and download the “Solid Waste Collection Fee: Exemption Application Form” from our Online Forms.

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.