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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.

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

A permit is not required to purchase products at the facility.

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: $4.00 each
  • with rim: $7.00 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