Planning Unit Overview
The City of Albany, acting as lead agent for the Capital Region Solid Waste Management Partnership Planning Unit (formerly known as “ANSWERS”), operates a solid waste management system located in the City of Albany, Albany County, New York.
Currently, with a combined population of approximotely 206,000 people, these communities include:
- Towns of Berne, Bethlehem, Guilderland, Knox, New Scotland (including the Villiage of Voorheesville) and Westerlo
- Villages of Green Island and Altamont
As part of the solid waste management system, the City of Albany operates a landfill facility on Rapp Road within the city. This landfill, which is fully permitted by the NYSDEC, is anticipated to be able to provide relatively low cost, reliable and environmentally sound waste disposal capacity for the Planning Unit until the end of 2016.
In addition to the landfill facility, the municipalities that make up the Planning Unit typically operate resident's drop-off stations for those residents who do not contract with private waste and recycling collection companies. Some municipalities, including the City of Albany, also facilitate the collection of yard waste, household hazardous wastes and electronics waste.
The Planning Unit is also served by several commercial recycling facilities that accept recyclables from both municipal and commercial collection vehicles. These facilities hold contracts with the Planning Unit municipalities or with the commercial collection companies.
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Landfill Permit Application and Information:
If you detect an odor that you think is coming from the City of Albany's Rapp Road landfill, please call 453-8288 to report it.