Recycling of certain items is mandatory for all businesses
and residents in the Town of Bethlehem (see the
Single Stream Recycling: Some of the waste haulers in Town are now collecting recyclable materials
all together in one “single stream” container. In addition to the standard recyclables, there are now
several more types of items that can be accepted for recycling in “single stream” than in the past,
All plastic containers clean of contaminants, with a few exceptions: Containers made of
Styrofoam/polystyrene and very small items (straws, utensils, pens, etc.) are NOT recyclable with
the Single Stream system. NOTE: Plastic store bags, and plastic film (i.e. shrink wrap, dry
cleaning bags, etc.) should be recycled at the grocery or department store plastic bag recycling,
NOT placed in your single stream container.
Rigid plastics (i.e. hard plastic toys, the old plastic recycling bins from your hauler,
all-plastic parts from tools and household items, etc.).
Hard cover books can now be recycled along with all other types of paper and cardboard,
including soiled pizza boxes (though wax paper and remaining food must be removed)
Please follow the hauler’s instruction sheet and/or sticker on the can lid about what materials
can be placed in that bin and how that should occur.
NOTE from Town Recycling Coordinator, Dan Rain: "I have twice toured the County Waste Single Stream
facility in Albany where haulers such as Robert Wright and County Waste take their single stream
recyclables. I have developed a slide show with photos and information about how that facility
Click here to view the slide show."
Separated Materials: A few haulers continue to require recycling to be separated by
residents and businesses before collection. Glass bottles, plastic containers (almost all types
are now recycled--see chart above), and metal cans must be placed loose in the recycling bin
provided by private waste haulers. Newspapers, corrugated cardboard (flattened), kraft paper
bags, magazines/catalogs, paperboard, single layer boxes (flattened) and office paper should
be bagged or tied according to the hauler’s instructions. It is important to FLATTEN all boxes
before putting curbside for recycling.
Those who use the Rupert Road Transfer Station
are also required to separate the above-mentioned items from trash for recycling. (NOTE: The Town is,
however, currently researching the viability of offering single stream recycling service at the
Transfer Station in the future).
Corrugated cardboard, paperboard boxes (single layer cardboard) can be recycled all year round at
the Elm Avenue Park 'n' Ride at the Town bins, and all types of paper and cardboard can be recycled
at the Green Fiber bins there.
The public is encouraged to donate their used eyeglasses, sunglasses and
hearing aids to their
Lions club; look for the blue and white Lions Recycle For Sight collection
box at the Town Clerk's office at Town Hall. Located there are also drop-off
boxes for recycling the following: U.S. flags, license plates, six-pack
rings, non-alkaline household batteries and cell phones. Cell phones,
plastic six-pack rings and household batteries can also be dropped off any time
during business hours at the Highway Garage in Selkirk or Elm Avenue Park
Offices. Year round voluntary recycling is
offered for single layer paperboard boxes, clothing
and shoes, paperback books, and more. Recycle at the Rupert Road Transfer Station
the Recycling Coordinator for drop-off locations for items as well as how to recycle hard cover textbooks by removing the
cover. For more information, please see the
A voluntary recycling program for telephone books was arranged by the Town with Green Fiber, a
paper recycling company. Two (2) square green bins are placed next to the orange
clothing bins at the Elm Avenue Park n' Ride; the bins will be there April
through October. If recycling telephone books there, do not include the
While visiting local stores, check out
the Environmentally Preferable Products to purchase, such as paper
products with post-consumer recycled content, remanufactured ink and toner
cartridges, and furniture, binders and organizers made with post-consumer recycled
content steel or plastic.Also look for eco-friendly or nontoxic cleaners.Purchasing recycled content items closes the loop of recycling.
RECYCLING INSTRUCTIONS REQUIRED BY HAULERS* FOR PLACING RECYCLABLES AND TRASH CURBSIDE
Instructions and haulers are subject to change due to
changing rules, regulations, permits, and recycling facilities acceptance of
items. The haulers mentioned here have permits to recycle and pick up
trash in the Town of Bethlehem.
DEFINITIONS AND DESCRIPTIONS
Do not use plastic bags unless instructed by hauler.
Commingled is bottles and cans mixed together.
Paperboard/boxboard is the single layer cardboard of cereal, cracker,
tissue, and shoe boxes. Freezer boxes are NOT acceptable.
All Cardboard MUST be flattened to save space in the hauler’s truck.
Robert Wright Disposal, Inc.
All Recyclables are picked up weekly along with the trash on the scheduled
day. All recyclables will now go into your new 64-gallon, green lid, recycling cart.
ALL RECYCLING WILL NOW BE COLLECTED WITH AUTOMATED TRUCKS. THE FOLLOWING ITEMS ARE
IMPORTANT FOR THE SUCCESS OF THE SINGLE STREAM PROGRAM.
Place recycling cart out the night prior to your scheduled collection day.
Place recycling cart at least 4 feet away from trash cart. Be sure all carts are at
least 4 feet away from mailboxes, basketball hoops, telephone poles and parked cars. We
suggest placing the trash cart on one side of your driveway and the recycling cart on
the opposite side.
Please place your recycle cart out only when full or nearly full. Dumping
carts with small amounts of recyclables wastes fuel and other natural resources.
Your old recycle bin is yours to keep. Do not place it at the curb because our
automated trucks cannot dump it. If you wish to dispose of the bin, simply place it inside
your new recycling cart and it will be recycled.
Please cut up large cardboard boxes and place them inside your new recycling cart. DO
NOT leave cardboard under or near the recycling cart.
Allied Waste Services of N. America, Inc.
Recyclables should be put out on scheduled day: commingled bottles and cans one week and
paper items the next week. Trash is collected weekly.A calendar is
provided to each customer.
Bottles and cans commingled loose in blue recycling bin
Newspapers, kraft paper bags, magazines, office paper, junk mail, paperboard,
telephone books and clean, dry milk and juice cartons commingled in a second
Corrugated cardboard emptied, flattened, cut to 2’ by 2’ size and placed near the
paper recycling bin
County Waste & Recycling Service, Inc.
All recyclables should be placed curbside next to trash on scheduled day. Recycling is picked up every other week. Trash is picked up weekly.A calendar is
provided to each customer.
Plastic and glass bottles, metal cans and wax coated milk and juice cartons are to be
commingled loose in recycling bin
Mix paper items in second recycling bin:newspapers,
magazines, catalogs, telephone books and boxboard (cereal boxes and the like)
Corrugated cardboard, empty, flattened and stacked next to paper goods
I.C.S. of Albany
Trash is picked up every week, note even-odd weeks for recyclables.
Plastic and glass bottles, metal cans and wax coated milk and juice cartons are to be
commingled loose in recycling bin on even weeks
magazines, catalogs, telephone books, boxboard (cereal boxes and the like)
and cardboard (empty, flattened) in recycling bin on odd weeks
Cross Brothers Transportation, Inc. – Rubbish Services
All trash and recyclables must be at curbside by 5:00 AM on the day of your pickup;
curbside means within 5 feet of roadside.
Commingled recyclables must be cleaned and rinsed before being put in the recycling
bin loose, not bagged. Commingled recyclables consist of Food Containers Only, made of
glass, plastics, and tin/bi-metal or aluminum cans and aluminum foil.
Newspapers and mixed paper must be bagged or tied and placed next to commingled
Corrugated cardboard and paperboard must be flattened out and tied together with
string prior to being put out for collection.
*PERMITTED HAULER REQUIREMENTS
Compliance with all mandatory residential and commercial recycling criteria.
Submission of mandatory quarterly recycling report forms.
Hours of Collection:
Commercial stops5:00 AM – 6:00 PMMonday – Saturday
Residential stops6:00 AM – 6:00 PMMonday – Saturday
Your hauler MIGHT pick up bulky items.Bulky items include refrigerators, washers, dryers, furniture, and tires,
for example. You must call hauler to arrange a pickup.Often there is an extra fee for these extra items.Many bulky items are accepted at the Rupert Road Transfer
Before throwing out reusable items, first check with your local day care facilities, schools, churches and hospitals. They may need books, magazines, games, toys, furniture, flower pots, clothing or have a thrift shop that supports their programs through sales.
All donated clothing should be in current season, clean, and not torn. Many organizations do not have large storage areas but are happy to receive your donations. Please call ahead.
Furniture and appliances must be undamaged and in working condition. Padded items and mattresses must be clean and not torn, with no holes. Check with your municipality for proper disposal of broken furniture and non-working appliances.
Additional Information for Reusable Items
Cotton towels and cotton clothing - stained, torn cotton items make great rags for home, or check with your local gas station mechanic. Many veterinarians,
animal shelters and rescue groups will also take clean towels (they can be stained, have tears/small holes, as long as the towel is still usable).
Eye and Sun glasses - Bethlehem Lions Club collects eye and sun glasses for reuse. Deposit metal and plastic framed glasses in boxes located in the Town Hall, Town Library, Key Banks, Trustco, Charter One, Bank of America, Cohoes Savings Banks, DiNapoli, Hughes and Buenau's Opticians. The Bethlehem Lions Club also accepts hearing aids.
Hearing aids - The Bethlehem Lions Club accepts hearing aids—see Eye Glasses above for drop off locations.
Shoe Exchange (if one wears two different sized shoes) - instead of discarding the odd sized shoe, why not investigate The One Shoe Crew, 86 Clavela Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95828. This organization attempts to match up persons who need different sized left and right shoes. Another alternative is the National Odd Shoe Exchange, Phoenix, AZ, their telephone number is 602-841-6691.
Styrofoam (PS) peanuts - Stores like Ship, Copy and More in Delmar will accept Styrofoam packing peanuts and foam blocks (must be clean and dry). Check with other shipping companies.
Greeting cards - Shiny, glossy cards can be recycled with magazines and catalogs. Non-shiny cards and envelopes are recycled with office/home/copy paper. Greeting card fronts can be reused by cutting the front/picture off and gluing that to a piece of colored paper or cardboard. Also, St Jude’s Ranch for Children accepts greeting card fronts. If you would like to recycle card fronts, send Campbell UPCs, purchase cards or make a monetary donation visit
www.stjudesranch.org or call 800-492-3562.
Old Flags - deposit in special boxes at Town Hall, the Library, and after 3:00 p.m. at the American Legion Post on West Poplar Drive, Delmar, for proper disposal.
Yarn, Embroidery thread, and other craft materials - craft and quilt clubs, art classes at schools, senior projects and scout troops may need these items for projects.
Household batteries - Recycle lithium, rechargeable (nickel-cadmium), button, lithium ion, mercury, cadmium and sealed lead acid batteries in boxes at Town Hall, Elm Avenue Park, Highway Department in Selkirk, Rupert Road landfill, Radio Shack stores, and various Post Offices. NOTE: All alkaline batteries can go in the trash.
Plastic six-pack rings - recycle in special boxes located at the Town Hall, Elm Avenue Park and the Highway Department in Selkirk.
Records, tapes, and discs - look under the yellow page headline in the telephone book for Buying, Trading and Selling Used Audio Tapes, Records, and Discs. They must be free of scratches and not warped.
Second hand stores - listed in the yellow pages of the telephone book, see additional sources for selling or donating reusable clothing and furniture.