Recycling Rules

Recycling is good for the environment and saves money.  Disposal of trash costs the City $79/ton while recyclables cost the City $0. For drop-off fees, check the Transfer Station Fee Schedule.

  Recycling FAQ

  Transfer Station Fee Schedule - 2014


  • Blue recycling bin
  • Labeled plastic tote container
  • Labeled trash can (no refuse in can)

To replace your broken City-issued blue recycle bin, please use a clean trash receptacle that is 32 gallons or under.  You may mark the can with the letter “R” or paste a sign stating “Recyclables” on it.  This container must be used for recyclables only and no other trash or debris may be placed in it.

Allowable Items

  • Corrugated cardboard and flat cardboard including cereal boxes, gift boxes, etc.
  • Newspapers, magazines, catalogs, loose paper (including junk mail) may be placed in paper bags or bundled with string.  Do not place in plastic bags.
  • Plastic: #1-#7
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Milk and other beverage cartons
  • Metal and aluminum cans
  • Foil and foil pans

Please remember to rinse all food containers!

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.

Remember the Three R’s:

  • Reduce

  • Reuse

  • Recycle

Department of Sanitation
26 Howard Street
Poughkeepsie, New York 12601
Recycling Coordinator:  845.451.4050
Transfer Station:  845.451.4108