Garbage Rules

The City has provided this information to all property owners to improve the cleanliness and appearance of the City.  Landlords are urged to furnish information to all new tenants.  Property owners are responsible for their properties and the actions of their tenants.  The City vigorously enforces all sanitation ordinances and violations.  Violators will be cited in accordance with the ordinances.  Fines range from $25.00 to $2,500.00.  For disposal drop-off fees check the Transfer Station Fee Schedule.

  Transfer Station Fee Schedule - 2014

Covered Cans, Plastic Bags

  • Garbage must be placed in plastic bags and the bags must be placed inside metal or plastic, watertight containers with lids.
  • Garbage cans are limited in size to 32 gallons.  The can and contents cannot weigh more than 75 pounds.

Setting Out & Returning Containers

  • Cans, bins, or materials are to be placed curbside no earlier than 5:00 p.m. on the night before scheduled pickup.
  • After pickup, cans and bins are to be returned to the rear of the residence no later than 6:00 a.m. the morning after refuse is collected.
  • Property owners who do not abide by these rules are subject to a violation notice and fine.


There is no pickup on the holidays listed below.  If a holiday falls on a scheduled collection day, please do not put material out for collection.  It will be collected as scheduled on the Sanitation Holiday schedule.

  • New Year’s Day
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Presidents Day
  • Good Friday
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Columbus Day
  • Veterans Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Day After Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day

  2015 Sanitation Pick-Up Holiday Schedule

City Waste Receptacles

  • Waste cans placed on City streets, in a right-of-way or in parks cannot be used for disposal of residential, business, or commercial trash. The intended purpose of these cans is to reduce littering.

Commercial Property

  • There is no City trash collection for commercial properties.  Commercial and business waste must be collected by a private hauler or can be taken to the City Transfer Station and disposed of for a fee.
  • Trash collection services are only for residential properties of three units or less.

Qualified Carters

  •  The Commissioner of Public Works maintains a list of qualified carters licensed by the Dutchess County Department of Solid Waste Management. Carters are considered qualified carters for purposes of compliance with the requirements of Local Law 1 of 2011.  The list is available online at

Department of Sanitation
26 Howard Street
Poughkeepsie, New York 12601
(845) 451-4108