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.

All recyclable items are to be placed in one or more city-issued blue containers and placed curbside before 7:00 a.m. on your weekly garbage & recycling collection day. Recycling bins can be picked up at the Mayor’s office at Troy City Hall (433 River Street, Suite 5001) during normal business hours, 8:30am – 4:30pm, Monday through Friday (excluding holidays).

If you require an additional container, please contact the Public Works dispatcher at (518) 270-4579.

If you have any specific questions regarding what is recyclable or how to recycle something, please contact the Recycling Coordinator at (518) 279 – 7171.


  • City of Troy, New York – Single Stream Recycling (PDF)

Acceptable Commodities

The following commodities are acceptable and can be placed together in the same container. Items with a number 1 – 7 can be recycled.

  • White Envelopes
  • Computer, Fax and Copy Paper
  • Craft Paper
  • Brown Paper 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 & Jars
  • 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 Plastic Bottles & Containers (Caps & Lids Attached)
  • Rigid Plastics
  • Frozen Food Cartons
  • Can tops / Lids
  • Pizza Boxes
  • Cardboard (must be flattened)

Commodities Not Accepted

The following commodities are NOT ACCEPTED. Please do not place these items in your recycling container:

  • Regular Garbage/Trash
  • Diapers
  • Clothing
  • Styrofoam
  • Electronics
  • Plastic Bags (Do not put recyclables into grocery or garbage bags)
  • Food
  • Compost
  • Yard Waste
  • Garden Hoses, Ropes, Wires, Cords, Chain or Cable

Holiday Collection

No collection on these holidays. Recyclables will be collected on the next business day following the holiday.

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

Missed Collection

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!

Helpful Hints

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.

Other Programs

Contact the City Solid Waste Management Office at (518) 279-7161 for more information regarding these programs:

  • Metal/White Goods Recycling
  • Electronics Recycling (including: fluorescent bulbs and household batteries)
  • Household Hazardous Waste Collection

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 quantities 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.

Through the curbside recycling program, Troy residents have helped divert an annual average of 2,400 tons of recyclable (and other re-purposed) commodities. As the City pays for every ton of disposed solid waste, at an average tipping fee of $61.50, Troy residents have saved the City an average of $147,800 annually through curbside recycling.