The Town of Bethlehem has a proud tradition of active participation by residents and local businesses in our award-winning recycling programs. Please do your part to make sure to "Recycle Right" and help prevent contamination in the recycling stream.
Recycling is beneficial to our community, the environment and the economy. It’s also required by law for all businesses and residents. We have made good progress, but there is still a long way to go before reaching Town and State goals for recycling.
What to Recycle?
Certain items must be recycled by law, and there are a variety of other items that should be reused, recycled or composted. List of mandatory and recommended recyclables for all businesses and residents in the Town of Bethlehem.
How and Where to Recycle?
The private waste haulers in town now collect recyclable materials together in one single stream container.
Please follow the hauler’s instructions about what materials can be placed in that bin and how that should occur.
The Town’s Transfer Station remains a “dual stream” facility, where different categories of materials are separated by residents and businesses before recycling at the station. This allows for less contamination than with single stream, and can save on the Town's recycling costs or sometimes even provide revenue by material type.
Bethlehem’s Third Annual Spring Recycling Event Sees Record Attendance
805 households bring 50,730 pounds (over 25 tons) for reuse and recycling
The Town of Bethlehem’s third annual “Spring Recycle Fest” on Saturday, April 8 broke previous records with 805 households participating to drop of approximately 50,730 lbs (or more than 25 tons) of materials, which averages out to nearly 6 lbs. for every household in the entire Town! Over $2,000 in donations were also raised to support Bethlehem Central School District Environmental Programs.
The event was a collaboration between the Town of Bethlehem Recycling/Sanitation, Highway, and Senior Services Departments, Bethlehem Central School District Green Team, the Delmar Farmer's Market, Grassroot Givers, Up-Stitch, American Clothing Company, JGS Recycling, Cascade Recovery and 3N Document Destruction.
Residents can continue to donate clothing, footwear and other textiles for reuse or recycling throughout the year (such as linens, stuffed animals, loose fabric, backpacks, and even ripped, stained or damaged items like missing
Books: In addition to 7,560 lbs of books and cardboard gathered for recycling by Cascade Recovery, Grassroot Givers and volunteers sorted out three vanloads full of high quality titles with reuse value (estimated 3,000 lbs total).
Residents are instructed that they can continue to recycle books, mixed paper and cardboard throughout the year at the Cascade Recovery dumpsters at the Elm Ave CDTA Park and Ride, as well as at the back of the Town Municipal Parking lot on Kenwood Avenue mentioned above. More details.
Shredded documents for recycling: About 8,500 lbs of secure shredding was done on-site by 3N Document Destruction of Clifton Park. This material is baled and sent to a paper mill for recycling back into paper products, according to 3N co-owner Dave Neville.
Electronics, appliances and scrap metal: 21,606 lbs were collected for recycling by JGS Recycling of Waterford. Residents can continue to recycle electronics, appliances and scrap metal items (some fees apply) throughout the year at the Town’s Rupert Road Transfer Station.
NEW this year—sewing and knitting supplies: Up-Stitch, a new local nonprofit creative reuse organization, was overwhelmed with three carloads and a minivan full of sewing and knitting supply donations (estimated at 400 lbs total). For ongoing donation information, visit www.up-stitch.com.