Occasionally, if yard waste is particularly heavy, our crews are sometimes not able to complete the entire Citywide route on a given Monday. If this occurs, please keep your yard waste at curbside, and our crews will collect it on Tuesday. If for some reason it is still not collected by 4:00 PM Tuesday, please contact D.P.W. Administration, at (607) 772-7021.
The Sanitation Division is responsible for collecting refuse from curbsides and, public receptacles throughout the city and disposing of it in accordance with applicable law and regulation. Refuse may include garbage, trash, recyclables, yard waste, and large metal white goods. Please see the information below on what day your refuse is collected, how holidays may affect collection, the rules for placing refuse out for collection, what is allowed and prohibited for collection, and additional information.
Most definitely. Since the inception of the recycling program in 1990, over 130,000 tons of material has been diverted from the County Landfill, from the City of Binghamton alone. This has saved the City over $5,000,000 in tipping fees.
Yard waste includes any and all parts of trees (including Christmas trees), shrubbery, grass, flowers, and similar organic waste. Soil and stone are not considered yard waste, and are not collected. Branches must be less than four (4) feet in length, less than four (4) inches in diameter, and must be bundled with string, twine or rope (no wire please). The maximum weight for bundles is 50 pounds. All other yard waste must be placed in an open top container no greater than 33 gallons; in compostable paper yard waste bags; or in untied black plastic yard waste bags.
When recycling started in 1991, the City eliminated the tipping fee tax included on everyone's property tax bill that was based solely on assessment. Instead, the City went to the bag (user fee) system, which charges residents for the amount of garbage they actually generate. See City solid waste ordinance §350-21.
Anything that fits in an official City Bag belongs in a City Bag and is considered garbage. Anything too large or too heavy to go in a City Bag is considered trash.