This is a yearly fee that is renewed annually by the Albany Common Council.
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The cost of trash collection is becoming more and more expensive, and room for waste is becoming limited in the City’s landfill. Therefore, for the past 4 years, the City imposed a waste collection fee on 2 to 4 unit properties (formerly $180, and now $90 per unit). This fee, coupled with other cost-saving measures by the City, offsets some of those costs.
In 2018, the Albany Common Council decided to reduce this fee (to $90), but to extend it to all residential properties in the City, including single family residences.
Properties with more than four units and commercial properties are already required to provide for their own trash pick-up, which is why they have been left out of the program.
The City uses information from its own property databases, tax records and New York State databases to generate a list of all residential properties in the City. We then eliminated everyone from that list who would be eligible for an exemption based on the information we had at hand.
Starting in 2021, the WCF will be billed on your January property tax bill. In 2022, you will see a charge listed as “2022 Waste Coll” with a charge of $90 per unit. If you were charged the WCF on your bill, but believe you should be exempt, contact our office by email or call us at 518-434-5036 to request an exemption application. The program is expires annually, unless renewed by the Common Council.
If you have questions about the Waste Collection Fee, you may email us. You may also contact the Treasurer’s office at 518-434-5036, or the Department of Buildings and Regulatory Compliance at 518-434-5995, if you have any questions about your Residential Occupancy Permit (ROP) or status of vacancy.
The fee will be paid to the City of Albany.
There are 4 exemptions to the fee. If the fee was placed on your tax bill, it will be up to you to apply for one or more of these exemptions using the Waste Collection Fee Exemption Application. This application will be included with your initial notice or upon request from the Treasurer’s office. You may email or call the Treasurer’s Office at 518-434-5036.
Unfortunately, the administrative costs providing and overseeing a per-month fee option were determined to be prohibitive and so the fee applies to all units occupied as residential units at any time in the year for which the fee applies.
If you believe you are exempt for 2022, You must apply for an exemption through the City Treasurer’s Office. The application is available here, upon request by email or by calling 518-434-5036 or by downloading it here. . This application will tell you what documents you need to submit as proof of your entitlement for an exemption.
If you believe that you are entitled to an exemption from the WCF in 2022, you must submit a completed Waste Collection Fee Exemption Application to the Treasurer’s office by December 31, 2021. The City, through New York State and/or the Department of Buildings and Regulatory Compliance, will work with you to help you prove your entitlement. The following is a list of documents which we suggest you submit along with your Waste Collection Fee Exemption Application.
If you do not own the property, please contact the Assessor’s office at 518-434-5155 or email us, so that the change in ownership status can be addressed. Email is preferred. Once the change is in ownership is verified, the bill can be changed to reflect proper ownership. (When properties in New York State are sold, it can take several weeks for the change in ownership to be applied to the New York State Real Property Database.)
Applications must be submitted to the Treasurer’s office by email, by mail or in person at:City HallRoom 110Albany, NY 12207
You will be notified by the City once we have determined whether you qualify for the exemption. Once your exemption has been granted, you will not have to do anything further; the City will apply the exemption.
Once an exemption from this fee is granted, it will last for so long as the grounds for the exemption still exist. If the situation at the property changes (e.g., the Assessor’s Office determines you no longer qualify as low income, or you apply for an Residential Occupancy Permit (ROP) for a unit that was previously exempt) the trash fee will be assessed.
After you receive a denial you may appeal the City’s determination to the Albany Zoning Board of Appeals. You will also have an opportunity to amend your application with additional documentation, correct your application, or correct our decision if you feel the City misinterpreted something in your application denying your application. In order to help with your appeal and prevent error, exemption application denials will include an explanation for the denial.
If you do not pay your property tax bill (which now includes your WCF bill) in full by the due date, you will be charged a late fee of 4% in the month of February, and then 1% per month thereafter.
Additionally, if you are not in compliance with the waste collection regulations, you may liable for illegal trash fees which will be levied by the Department of General Services and may be as much as $325 for each incident. (see Albany City Code § 313-7 for more information).