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Conservation District/Compost and Resident Recycling

Conservation District

The Schenectady County Conservation District provides environmental services and technical assistance for County residents. Services include conservation technical assistance, conservation education, information regarding soils, composting, parks and preserves, wildlife habitat, forestry, land reclamation, Erosion & Sediment Control Plan review, engineering assistance, grant application assistance, planning assistance, and agricultural assessment services.  In addition, the District cooperates with 8 municipalities, 10 county agencies/departments and 9 New York State agencies on an annual basis.

2021 Tree & Shrub Sale

Orders must be placed by April 19, 2021 for pick up on April 23 or April 24, 2021.


2021 Tree & Shrub Pictures

2021 Tree & Shrub Booklet

Prices are available on the order form.


Butterfly Bush

Fast growing multi-stem shrub reaching 12' high with fragrant lilac shaped flowers July through fall. Prefers well-drained soils and full sun. Prune in fall, 6-10" from ground. Deadhead accordingly for continual mid-summer to fall flowers. Readily attracts butterflies!

Button Bush

Flowering "pin cushion" like white flowers attracting bees, hummingbirds and butterflies as a nectar source. Reddish brown fruit in the winter. Oval green leaves emerge in the spring, taking on shades of red in the fall. Grows in full sun to light shade in any soil type. It's a good choice for damp, wet areas as well, like pond edges or rain gardens. Grows 6-12' tall and wide with an interesting "twisted" trunk with age.


New York native! Fast growing 8-10' tall. Tolerant of any fairly fertile, moist soils. White flowers in late June, followed by ripe, purplish-black edible fruits in September. Plant away from drainage lines to prevent plugging of lines. Space 10 feet apart.

Flame Maple

A multi-stemmed tree, noted for its fiery-red autumn color. The summer color is green and mixed with bright red "helicopters" in mid-summer. Full sun - full shade, most soils, drought and heat tolerant makes this medium-growth rate tree appealing. The mature height is 15-20' with approximately the same spread.


A native to the USA, this edible, nut-bearing shrub provides crisp, green spring color, turning yellow to orange-copper in the fall. It flowers March - April and can grow 6-12' with the same spread. Prune as needed. Does well in full sun to medium shade. Prefers moist, well-drained soil.

Persian Lilac

A fast growing deciduous shrub reaching up to 8' high and a spread of 5-10'. A perfect plant to use in a foundation planting or a border. Blooms are violet or lavender appearing in late spring and very fragrant. Attracts butterflies and birds. Requires well drained soil and 6 or more hours of sunlight.

Red-Osier Dogwood

Ornamental shrub which brings several seasons of color. Red/bright yellow stems with white flowers in spring, rich green leaves turning purplish red in the fall/winter. Reaches 10' tall. Grows vigorously in moist, swampy sites; fibrous roots hold soil in place. For best color plant in full sun. May be pruned every 1-3 years. Great hedges; plant 5 feet apart - the shrub will fill in within a few years.

Rose of Sharon (double violet)

A hardy, easy to grow shrub, reaching 8-12'. Blooms later in the summer and continues through until mid-autumn. Tolerates moist soils and full sun. The size of the bloom depends on how it's pruned. If it's left to its own with just an occasional prune, it will have many small blooms. Provides food and habitat for wildlife.

Winterberry Holly

Deep rich green leaves often changing to yellow/purple in fall. Deciduous shrub grows 6-10' high. Bright red berries late summer through mid-winter make this shrub a beautiful addition to the landscape. 


Colorado Blue Spruce

Beautiful evergreen that does well in moderately well drained soils. Dense, green/blue needles 1" long on horizontal stiff branches forming a pyramid. Grows 30 to 60'.

Norway Spruce

The fastest growing spruce reaching 40 to 60' high. Grows well on most soils except where water soaked. Lustrous dark green needles 1" long on strong sweeping branches.

White Spruce

A densely, pyramidal spire (tapers to a point) with bluish-green needles. Highly adaptable to most areas. Has narrow-leaved, evergreen branches. Reaches 50' high with a 20' spread.


Daylily Stella DeOro (10 per pack)

Easily grown perennial will do well in average, medium moist soils in full sun to part shade. Plants are tolerant of summer heat and humidity, but deep watering in dry spells keep the foliage attractive. Deadhead spent flowers. Divide every 3-4 years. The showy flowers attract butetrflies. 10 per pack

Hosta Albo Marginata (10 per pack)

Bold dark green leaves with a striking white margin on the edges of the leaves. Funnel shaped mauve flowers appear on 32 inch stems in mid-summer. Light sun or shade preferred. Grows 24-30 inches high. 10 per pack

Fountain Grass (10 per pack)

A perennial landscape specimen blooms summer through fall, reaching 2-4' high. Once established, is drought tolerant and enjoys full sun. Leaves are tidy clumps of blades with crimson flower spikes. Great for cutting, borders, rock gardens, mass plantings and wildlife gardens. 10 per pack

Conservation Seed Mixes

Pro-Landscape (5 lbs)

A combination of Perennial Ryegrass, Creeping Red Fescue and Kentucky Bluegrass.

New seeding: 5 lbs. covers 3,500 sq. ft. 

Shady Turf Supreme (5 lbs.)

A combination of Creeping Red Fescue, Chewing Fescue, Perennial Ryegrass and Hard Fescue.

New seeding: 5 lbs. covers 3,500 sq. ft.

Fruit Trees/Shrubs Packet

Bing Cherry (2 per packet)

Requires a full day of sunlight for best flower and fruit production. Grow in well-drained soil, slightly sandy. Mulch around roots and prune late in winter which will promote a spur of new fruit growth. Has a medium growth rate up to 35' tall. Has a round canopy with smooth, reddish bark. The leaves are dark green with serrated edges about 6" long. 

Blueberry Bush (Duke & Bluecrop) (5 per packet)

Produces plump, juicy berries which are easy to grow. Can grow and spread up to 6', offering scarlet fall foliage and creamy white spring flowers. Requires full sun, well drained nutrient rich soil. This perennial plant can produce up to 20 years. Plant in early spring for late July early August harvest when mature. Delicious fresh or baked into your favorite recipe.

Honeycrisp Apples (2 per packet)

Delicious apple tree reaches 18-20' high, adaptable to most soils, require full sun and are late season bloomers. Apples ripen in fall producing crisp, crunchy and juicy fruit. Apples can be stored in refrigerator for exceptionally long times without fruit damage.

Paw Paw (10 per packet)

Plant in full or part sun. Dark purple flowers in spring, elongated edible fruit in summer similar to bananas. Used for privacy screens and grows 15' at maturity. Plant in moist, well-drained soil. Looks good all seasons. Attractive bark.

Raspberry Bush (Heritage) (5 per packet)

These biennial bushes are fruit producing canes that can be grown successfully in the home garden. The canes grow best in sunny areas with good air circulation. Hardly bothered by pests/disease. Plant in spring for fruit in early summer which ripen for about 2 weeks. Great alone or for preserves and are an excellent source of fiber and vitamin C. Raspberries can be frozen.

Albion Strawberry (10 per packet)

Symmetrical, large berries with an exceptionally sweet taste. Its fruits are excellent for fresh eating, pies, preserves and freezing. Hearty, disease resistant. Plant in spring or autumn. It favors a sunny, free draining soil and be sure to add lots of compost for soil enhancement. The plant will grown in semi shade as well, but will produce less fruit. Plant 18" apart and 30" between rows. Be sure not to plant the roots too deeply, just deep enough to be fully covered with the composted soil. Each plant produces 1-3 pints per season. Bears fruits from May to August.


Natural Compost (1.2 cu. ft. bags)

A product of Schenectady County's Compost Facility. It is an all natural soil amendment that improves soil health, retains moisture and provides plants an extra boost for healthy growth and production.

Natural Woodchip Mulch (2.0 cu. ft. bags)

Processed at the County's Compost Facility. Our all natural landscaping mulch helps keep moisture in and weeds down in your planting areas. 

Marking Flags

Bright orange, 3"x5" plastic flags on 3' high metal wire. Excellent for tree location markers.

Fertilizer Tablets

These are 2 year slow release fertilizer tablets. Ten grams of 20-10-5 provide all the basic nutrients required for a good start and strong plant growth.

Bat/Bird Houses

All items are handcrafted on-site by our own woodworkers.

Bat House

For easy, economical insect control, buy a bat house! The newly designed, two chamber bat shelter will provide bats with an alternative living area other than your attic or garage. An adult bat can eat up to 3,000 mosquitoes a night!

Wren House

These nesting boxes are perfect for backyards, orchards, pastures and small deciduous woodlots. These are built without perches to keep out house sparrows. The opening will, however, provide a home for chickadees and nuthatches.

Bluebird Nesting Box

These bluebird boxes make an attractive and needed addition to all wildlife habitat improvement projects. The Bluebirds in our area appear mid to late March and often in the same box as previous years!

Bluebird House Kits

Pre-drilled, ties, and a 6' metal stake included for quick and easy installation!

Wood Duck Nesting Box

The perfect home for these cavity nesters. Unlike other waterfowl, Wood Ducks perch and nest in trees and fly comfortably through woods. The Wood Duck takes readily to nesting boxes.


Orders will be filled on a first come, first serve basis. Orders must be placed by April 19, 2021.

To place an order for the 2021 Tree & Shrub Seedling Program, mail the order form, with a check for the amount due payable to Schenectady SWCD, to: 

Schenectady County Soil & Water Conservation District

24 Hetcheltown Road

Glenville, NY 12302

2021 Tree & Shrub Order Form

Compost and Resident Recycling

The Compost and Resident Recycling Facility is open:

January - March: Fridays and Saturdays 8am-3pm

April - December: Monday thru Saturday 8am-3pm
Please adhere to the SOCIAL-DISTANCING practice when using the facility.

Permit Cards

A yearly permit card is required to use the Compost and Recycling Facility. 

Permit cards may be purchased at: 

Schenectady County Composting Facility

24 Hetcheltown Rd. Glenville, NY 12302

(518) 399-6980

January - March: Friday & Saturday 8am-3pm

April - December: Monday - Saturday 8am-3pm 


Schenectady County Finance Department

Schenectady County Office Building

620 State Street, 3rd Floor, Schenectady, NY 12035

(518) 388-4260

Monday - Friday 9am-5pm (July & August 9am-4pm)


Permit cards are available to:

  • Schenectady County residents and commercial customers to purchase for $25.00
  • Out-of-County residents and commercial customers to purchase for $30.00

Your vehicle registration must be presented at the time of purchasing your permit card.

Permit cards are not replaceable. If you lose your card, you will have to purchase another to continue using the Compost and Recycling Facility. 

All permits are valid for the current calendar year (January 1 - December 31). 

Tipping Fee Schedule

**Please be advised that all yard trimmings, grass, branches, trees, trunks, leaves, etc. must be all natural and free of stones and soil. No treated lumber or wood will be accepted. Please call if you have any questions.

Tipping Fee Schedule

The Gatekeeper will assess yardage for all customers prior to tipping.

Residential (In- and Out-of-County)

  • No additional tipping fee for yard trimming disposal. Twelve visits or twelve yards per permit card. No limit per day. If you use up the twelve visits or twelve yards and wish to continue tipping at the Facility, another permit card will need to be purchased.
  • Unlimited recycling visits for all residents holding a valid permit card.

Commercial In-County

  • Tipping fee: $7.00/cu. yd.

Commercial Out-of-County

  • Tipping fee: $11.00/cu. yd.
Product Price List

Screened Yard Trimmings Compost

Bulk Compost: $20.00/cubic yard

Bagged Compost: $3.00/bag or 3 bags for $8.00 (each bag 1.2 cu. ft.)

Blended Garden Soil

Bulk Garden Soil: $25.00/cubic yard

Bagged Garden Soil: $4.00/bag (each bag 1.0 cu. ft.)

Natural Woodchip Mulch

Bulk Natural Mulch: $15.00/cubic yard

Bagged Natural Mulch: $3.00/bag or 3 bags for $8.00 (each bag 2.0 cu. ft.)

Colored Woodchip Mulch (red, black & dark brown)

Bulk Natural Mulch: $30.00/cubic yard

Bagged Natural Mulch: $4.00/bag (each bag 2.0 cu. ft.)

All products are made at the facility. Most bagged products are available all year long.

Residential Household Recycling List

Program available for residential use for those holding a valid permit card.

**All materials must be empty, clean, dry and free of contamination.**

Acceptable Items

  • aluminum cans
  • aluminum foil and pie plates, etc.
  • brown grocery bags
  • chip board/box board
  • computer/fax/copy paper
  • construction paper
  • frozen food cartons
  • glass bottles (green, clear, brown)
  • junk mail (including coupons)
  • kraft paper
  • magazines, catalogs, newspapers
  • milk cartons
  • notebook paper
  • paper egg cartons
  • paperback books
  • plastic containers #1-7
  • soft covered workbooks
  • telephone books
  • tin and bi-metallic containers
  • white and colored ledger paper
  • white envelopes

Not Acceptable

  • aluminum items (other than listed above)
  • bottle caps or lids
  • carbon paper
  • clothing 
  • cookware
  • diapers
  • light bulbs
  • hard covered books
  • mirrors
  • pane glass
  • plastic bags and liners
  • styrofoam
  • polystyrene
  • trash
Bulk Item Recycling Program

Freon-Containing Appliances

  • refrigerators and freezers: $20.00 each (dorm-size units $10.00 each)
  • air conditioners and dehumidifiers: $10.00 each

No-Charge Appliances

  • stoves
  • washers
  • dryers
  • metal dishwashers
  • hot water heaters

No-Charge All Other Metals

  • bikes
  • desks
  • cabinets
  • metal box springs
  • metal furniture
  • scrap metal
  • cables and wires
  • metal pipes
  • clean steel pails
  • lawn mowers
  • electric motors
  • small motors
  • compressors
  • fuel tanks up to 275 gallons - empty and dry
  • 55 gallon drums - empty and dry
  • motor vehicle: doors, exhaust systems, fuel tanks - empty and dry

Passenger Car & Pickup Tires 13" - 17"

  • without rims: $3.00 each
  • with rim: $4.00 each

For questions on eligible recyclable items not listed, please call the office at (518) 399-6980, Monday - Friday 8am-noon.

Electronic Equipment Recycling Program

Program available for residential use for those holding a valid permit card.

As an official drop-off location and a member of the eWASTE Alliance Partnership Network, the Facility will recycle the items collected in accordance with the New York State Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act.

The following items may be recycled at the Facility at no charge: 

  • cable or satellite receivers
  • cameras
  • cell phones
  • computers
  • digital converter boxes
  • digital music and record players
  • fax machines
  • keyboards
  • microwave ovens
  • printers and scanners
  • small scale servers
  • other audio or visual equipment

Television and computer monitors will be accepted with the following fees associated: 

  • small (13" and under): $20.00
  • medium: $25.00
  • large (25" and larger): $30.00

Items that WILL NOT be accepted: 

  • VCR tapes
  • all video tapes
  • CDs/DVDs
  • cassette tapes
  • thermostats
  • thermometers
  • smoke detectors