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Compost & Household Recycling

There is a lot you can do to save energy, conserve resources, and protect the environment. Recycling and composting are two simple ways to be Earth Wise and Soil Smart. When you recycle and compost you keep natural and reusable materials out of landfills, rivers, and streams, reduce dependence on new raw materials, save energy, and improve our soils.


Recycle & Compost with Schenectady County!

Start recycling and composting today.  A yearly permit card is required to use the Compost and Recycling Facility. Permit Cards are available to Schenectady County and Out-of-County residents and businesses.

Purchase a Permit Card

What can you compost and recycle?

Must be all natural and free of stones and soil.

  • Yard Trimmings
  • Grass
  • Branches
  • Trees
  • Trunks
  • Leaves
Two piles of mixed yard waste compost



Not Compostable

  • Stones
  • Concrete
  • Soil
  • Construction debris
  • Treated lumber
  • Painted or stained wood
  • Food scraps

Recycling Program available for residential use only.

  • Aluminum cans
  • Aluminum foil and pie plates, etc
  • Brown grocery bags
  • Cardboard boxes (flattened)
  • Computer, fax, and copy paper
  • Construction paper and Kraft paper
  • Frozen food cartons
  • Glass bottles (green, clear, brown)
  • Junk mail (including coupons)
  • Magazines, catalogs, and newspapers
  • Milk cartons and paper egg cartons
  • Notebook paper and white/colored ledger paper
  • Paperback books and soft cover workbooks
  • Plastic containers #1-7
  • Telephone books
  • Tin & bi-metallic containers
  • White Envelopes



Not Recycalable

  • Aluminum Items (except  listed above)
  • Bottle caps or lids
  • Carbon paper
  • Clothing/Textiles
  • Cookware
  • Diapers
  • Hard covered books
  • Mirrors
  • Pane glass
  • Plastic bags & liners
  • Styrofoam
  • Polystyrene
  • Trash

All material must be empty, clean, dry, and free of contamination