Waste Collection Fee Program
On January 4, 2016, November 19, 2018, December 16, 2019, and November 16, 2020, the City amended Albany City Code § 313-3 to charge an ANNUAL, January to December, waste collection fee (WCF) on all residential homes of four units or less, including single family homes. The yearly $90 fee covers all waste collection pickup (i.e., solid waste; see more information on the General Services page).
Starting in 2021, the WCF will be billed directly on the property tax bills. All delinquent 2019 ($140 per unit) and 2020 ($90 per unit) WCFs were added to the 2021 tax bills with no additional late charges. The City eliminated the $50 late fee for non-payment of the WCF in 2020. Late fees for the WCF are now the same as the late fees for non-payment of property taxes (4% in February after property taxes are due, and 1% per month thereafter). If you did not pay your 2021 tax bill and thus your 2019-21 WCF charges, these delinquent 2019-21 WCFs were re-levied as a tax and added to your 2022 tax bill with delinquent charges. No 2019-21 WCF charges can be removed from a tax bill under any circumstances.
This fee is per unit. Therefore, the charge for a single family home is $90, a two family property is $180, a three family property is $270, and a four family property is $360 per year. It offsets a part of the cost of curbside garbage collection generated by people living in those units and will be reevaluated annually.
If you have any questions, the Department of Buildings & Regulatory Compliance and the Treasurer's office is happy to answer them. You may send an e-mail to or call 518-434-5036. You are also welcome to view the FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) about the fee and how it will operate.
- Included in the FAQ section is information regarding exemptions to the Fee. Please find a 2022 exemption form here.
If you have any questions about the status of your Residential Occupancy Permit (ROP) or as a Vacant Building on the Vacant Building Registry, contact:
- Department of Buildings and Regulatory Compliance
200 Henry Johnson Boulevard
Albany, NY 12210
- Phone 518-434-5165
- Fax 518-434-6015
If you have questions about your WCF bill or your exemptions, contact:
24 Eagle Street
Albany, NY 12207