The Department of Solid Waste operates 8 transfer stations throughout Fulton County, where permitted residents can dispose of their garbage, recycling, or bulk metal.
A few items can also be dropped off without a permit, including textiles, electronics, vehicle batteries, and motor oil.

Refrigerators, freezers, dehumidifiers, or air
conditioners go directly to the DSW, 847 Mud Road, Johnstown,
for disposal. This is the only county-sponsored site that accepts
Freon containing units. There is a $5 charge per unit. Residents
must report to the scalehouse attendant, and show proof of county
residency. Remove doors and any food before disposing of refrig-
erators or freezers.


Cannot be disposed of at the transfer station as
liquid waste. If an automotive shop will not take it back, the only
other options are:

  1. Bring it to the next Household Hazardous Waste CollectionDay, Aug. 14, 2021, by appointment.
  2. Dry it up with cat litter, sand/dirt, sawdust or wood shavings, then throw away as garbage. Empty antifreeze jugs go in the garbage (not recycling).

Classified as an appliance: Stove, furnace/wood
stoves, dishwasher, washer, dryer, hot water tanks. Put in metal bin.

Caroga residents only: $5 appliance disposal charge, tickets sold by
the town clerk. All other stations accept appliances at no charge
from permitted residents. Station attendants are not expected to help
with disposal, residents should bring assistance to help unload.

Residents must bring Freon containing units (refrigerator, freezer,
dehumidifier, air conditioner) directly to the Fulton County DSW,
847 Mud Rd., Johnstown, for recycling. (See “Freon” page 6)


- Is NOT accepted at transfer stations, but small quan-
tities are accepted by appointment at the next Household Hazard-
ous Waste Collection Day, Aug. 14, 2021. Or call 518-736-5501
for more information on disposal.


No hot ashes from fireplaces or wood stoves or pellet stoves are accepted.


- Whole automobiles, automobile frames, engines and transmissions are
NOT allowed in the metal bin at the transfer stations. Car doors or bumpers
can go in the metal bin. Residents should be encouraged to call a junk car
disposal company.


Vehicles should keep back a minimum of five feet if backing up to
disposal hoppers as a personal safety precaution to residents during
unloading of materials.


Barrels/55-gallon drums (metal or plastic)should be rinsed clean.
They should be cut in half, or tops and bottoms MUST be
removed to show that there is nothing inside. 55-gallon metal drums
with tops and bottoms removed can be placed in the metal bin,
as long as they are NOT rusted out. Plastic drums
should be disposed of as garbage.


Only rechargeable batteries can be dropped off at the
Electronics Collection at transfer stations. AAA, AA, C 
and D-cells etc. are considered as garbage.


Residents can bring rechargeable batteries 
(nickel/cadmium or lithium ion batteries) to any transfer
station, there is a special container, in with electronics.


Are NOT allowed to be disposed of as garbage.
A designated location is available at the transfer station,
as these are recycled. Residents should be encouraged to trade
in their old battery, for a $5 to $10 rebate on the purchase of a new
battery, wherever vehicle batteries are sold.


Metal bed springs go in the metal bin. Fabric
covered box springs go in the garbage hopper.


The overwrap used to seasonally store boats should go into the garbage.


Boats are NOT allowed in the garbage hoppers or metal
bins at the transfer stations. Residents should be encouraged to sell
or give away an unwanted boat. If it is in total disrepair, call the
DSW to arrange for direct disposal and to get information on the
current commercial refuse rate, (which will be charged by weight).


Soft cover books and phone books can be placed in recycling.
Hardcover books are NOT acceptable as recyclable, with
covers intact. Either remove the binding and recycle the paper,
share books with others, check with your local library to see if they
want it as a donation, or throw the entire book in the garbage.


Stoves, furnace/wood stoves, dishwashers,
washers, dryers, hot water tanks, automobile doors, mufflers,
aluminum chair frames, old pipe, etc. These go into bulk
metal bins at transfer stations (resident must have valid permit).

Items unacceptable as bulk metal include:

  • Tires (see Tires)
  • Large propane tanks (see Propane Tanks)
  • Paint cans (see Paint)
  • Cloth covered box springs (go in garbage)
  • Freon units (see Freon)
  • Engine parts, Car frames, Gas tanks

Residents must bring all Freon containing units (refrigerator,
freezer, dehumidifier, air conditioner) directly to the Dept. of Solid
Waste, 847 Mud Road, Johnstown. There is $5 charge per unit. See
also: “Appliances” page 1 and “Metal Bin” page 8.


Are NOT allowed to use the transfer stations. Transfer stations are
for RESIDENTIAL use only, as specified in the County’s Local
Solid Waste Management Law, as well as contracts between mu-
nicipalities and the County. Business and commercial entities
should arrange for garbage disposal on their own, through a permit
to use the Fulton County Landfill, or by hiring a private garbage/
refuse hauler. Call the DSW at 518-736-5504 about the Small Busi-
ness Recycling Program, which offers direct recycling drop-off.


Cell phones may be dropped off at any Electronics Drop-off, located at all transfer stations.


The DSW recommends that residents find a clean-fill location
to dispose of cement blocks. This department does not make
recommendations of any particular clean fill area, as
residents must find these locations on their own. Or they can call
the DSW for rates and disposal at the Mud Road Facility.


These special non-residential disposal categories for construction and demolition debris, as well as clean wood products, were established by the Fulton County Dept. of Solid Waste in 2010. It provides an alternate disposal to landfilling - and these categories qualify for LEED certification for recycling.

CATEGORIES CANNOT BE MIXED

Clean Wood Products will be processed and ground in the department’s tub grinder. The finished material will be used as mulch or compost.

  • Tree parts
  • Brush
  • Pallets
  • Lumber - No paint (max length 8 ft.)

*NOT ACCEPTED AS CLEAN WOOD:

  • Wood treated with paint, adhesive, lacquer or other chemicals.
  • No Plywood.

Call 518-736-5501 for details


No plastic bags are allowed in singlestream recycling,
with the exception of shredded paper (from a paper shredder)
which should be in a clear plastic bag. This bag can be included in
the singlestream recycling bin or set beside it if a large bag. Black
bags are not allowed for garbage (white or clear bags are both ac-
ceptable).


Residents must be unloaded and out of the station by closing time.
This means they should allow enough time to unload their vehicles to exit at
the scheduled closing time. The attendant has the right to refuse to allow a
resident to unload if it will prevent the station from closing at the assigned time.


As of Jan. 1, 2015, all electronics are banned from landfill disposal, as per
New York state law. The Department of Solid Waste offers Electronics
Collection to all Fulton County residents, with drop-offs at all transfer stations
(during the station’s regular hours). There is no cost, and no transfer station
sticker is needed to drop off: computer towers, monitors,
keyboards, printers, computer peripherals, fax machines, cell
phones and televisions. (Small businesses and non-profits can use
the Electronics Collection at the Department of Solid Waste, 847
Mud Road, Johnstown).


These special non-residential disposal categories for construction and demolition debris, as well as clean wood products, were established by the Fulton County Dept. of Solid Waste in 2010. It provides an alternate disposal to landfilling - and these categories qualify for LEED certification for recycling.

CATEGORIES CANNOT BE MIXED

Construction & Demolition Debris will be crushed and used as alternate daily cover or as road base.

  • Concrete (no metal)
  • Asphalt pavement
  • Bricks
  • Rocks

Call 518-736-5501 for details


Should NOT be disposed of at a transfer station;
it is liquid and NO liquid waste is accepted. If this comes up
for a business, direct them to contact the DSW directly at 518-736-
5504 for a listing of businesses that handle cooking oil disposal.


Waste and recyclables must be contained when being brought to a
transfer station. Garbage and recyclables must be contained so that
they do not create litter while being transported from a residence to the station.
Contained garbage is a state Department of Transportation Law!!
This can be accomplished in several ways – a tarp over loose garbage,
or covers on containers such as garbage cans, or weighted down bags.


Is available in 11 municipalities. Check the recycling brochure for the
pick up schedule. All transfer stations have drop off of singlestream recycling,
as well as the following recyclable items: used motor oil; vehicle batteries;
rechargeable batteries; bulk metal items (excluding Freon units);
electronics; and textiles.


Are NOT allowed to be put in containers at
transfer stations. Medium to large animal carcasses (such as dead
deer), are classified as Special Waste and can be disposed of directly
at the Department of Solid Waste – call ahead for an appointment
and a nominal fee will be assessed at the commercial rate.


Should NOT be coming into a transfer station.
Residents should dispose of them on their own property, or bring
that material to a clean fill area. This department does not make rec-
ommendations of any particular clean fill area.


Year 2020 rates are $53/ton for the garbage
containers hauled by the Department of Solid Waste to the landfill,
which is charged back to the municipality. Recycling (hauling) rates
are $20.00/ton from transfer stations, so the more residents recycle,
the more money they save.


Can be disposed as a tire (with rims off), at the
Solid Waste Department. There is a $3.00 charge for donut tires.


Dump Trucks and Dump Trailers are NOT allowed at transfer stations, under any circumstance.


As of Jan. 1, 2015, all electronics are banned from landfill disposal, as per
New York state law. The Department of Solid Waste offers Electronics
Collection to all Fulton County residents, with drop-offs at all transfer stations
(during the station’s regular hours). There is no cost, and no transfer station
sticker is needed to drop off: computer towers, monitors,
keyboards, printers, computer peripherals, fax machines, cell
phones and televisions. (Small businesses and non-profits can use
the Electronics Collection at the Department of Solid Waste, 847
Mud Road, Johnstown).


Residents should be encouraged to refill
those that are refillable. Empty fire extinguishers (with all con-
tents discharged) can go in the bulk metal bin at transfer stations.
Hold full or partially full tanks for the next HHW event.


Fluorescent tubes and compact fluores-
cent light bulbs can be dropped off at the DSW Electronics Collec-
tion Trailer during regular hours (7:15 am-3 pm weekdays; 7:15-
11:30 am Saturday), or they can be disposed of at the Household
Hazardous Waste Day, Aug. 14, 2021. They can also be disposed of
as garbage by residents. Business disposal of fluorescent bulbs is
handled differently; businesses should call the Recycling Info-Line
direct at 518-736-5504 for alternate disposal options.


Refrigerators, freezers, dehumidifiers, or air
conditioners go directly to the DSW, 847 Mud Road, Johnstown,
for disposal. This is the only county-sponsored site that accepts
Freon containing units. There is a $5 charge per unit. Residents
must report to the scalehouse attendant, and show proof of county
residency. Remove doors and any food before disposing of refrig-
erators or freezers.


Helium tanks and oxygen tanks can not be disposed of at transfer stations,
either in the garbage or recyclable metal. Residents should return them to the
original place of purchase, or contact Bornt’s Waste & Metal at
518-725-6227 for disposal options.


Residents should be encouraged to sell or
give away an unwanted hot tub. If it is in total disrepair, call the
DSW to arrange for direct disposal and to get information on the
current commercial refuse rate, (which will be charged by weight).


Station hours are posted on large
signs at the front of each station. Holiday closings are announced
in the local newspapers, in the Recycling Calendar, and at the sta-
tions where a flier is posted. Municipal clerks and officials are
notified by letter through the Department of Solid Waste.


The Department of Solid Waste sponsors household hazardous
wastes drop off on alternating years. It is for residents only, by
appointment
, the second Saturday in August, in odd-numbered
years. The next program is Aug. 14, 2021. There is no charge.

The following type of items are accepted at the Household Haz-
ardous Waste Drop-Off
event:

  • Pool Chemicals & Pool Chemical Bottles
  • Lawn Care Products (Pesticides, Fertilizers, Herbicides, Insecticides)
  • Oil Paint, Stains
  • Household Cleaning Products
  • Solvents, Degreasers
  • Driveway Sealer
  • Automotive Fluids (anti-freeze, brake fluid etc.)
  • Home Maintenance Products(Thinner, Strippers, Varnish)
  • Roofing Tar
  • Photographic Chemicals

The next county-wide Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off Day will be held the second Saturday of August, 2021.

Residents are advised to hold unsafe materials in a safe spot until the next HHW event (8/14/2021) – especially petroleum-based products, or items marked as poisonous, flammable or caustic.

Many items can be left in the original can and dried out (such as paint, roofing tar, or sheetrock and joint compound). Once completely hardened, the material can be disposed of in regular garbage, (NOT Recycling) with the lid clearly removed, so garbage crews can tell there is no liquid contained within. This is the best way to dispose of old/bad paint.

To dispose of good, reusable latex paint, the Solid Waste Department offers a Latex Paint Exchange every Saturday morning in June, July & August at the Landfill Transfer Station on Mud Road in Johnstown. There is no cost for Fulton County residents to dispose of (or take up to five gallons weekly of) latex paint. This program is intended as a reuse effort, so donated paint should be in a condition to be given away. Bad paint should be dried up in the can and disposed with garbage, as explained above.

For questions, call the Solid Waste Department’s Recycling Info-Line at (518) 736-5504.


Transfer stations are open only to residents of the municipality for their regularly
generated household garbage and small quantities of remodeling
waste.
This is specified in both local County law and the contract
between the municipality and County for the use of each station.
The rule of thumb for quantity allowed for remodeling waste is the
equivalent of five pick up truckloads for any one project (except
Northampton, which accepts only 3 loads of remodeling debris). If a
resident says they will have more than this quantity, they should be
advised to hire a private hauler to handle the job. Call the Depart-
ment of Solid Waste at 518-736-5501 for a list of permitted haulers in your area.


Are NOT allowed to use transfer stations to dis-
pose of garbage from their tenants’ apartments; for clean-out of a
dwelling when a tenant leaves; or in renovating an apartment house.
Landlords are considered to be businesses, since they earn revenue
from renters. Therefore, a landlord should be advised to tell his or
her tenants to utilize existing curbside garbage collection services in
the municipality where they live, or to obtain a permit for the sta-
tion that serves the municipality where they rent. The Landlord may
hire a hauler to bring refuse directly to the Fulton County Landfill,
or may open an account with the Department of Solid Waste.


Runs at the Department of Solid
Waste, 847 Mud Road, Johnstown, on Saturday mornings June
through August, (7:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.) No transfer station permit
is needed. One, two, five-gallon and quart containers of good latex
paint can be dropped off (at no charge). Cans must be at least half
full, rust free, with legible labels, and paint must be free of lumps
(never frozen). Paint will be sorted by color and given out, at no
cost, to the public. Fulton County residents can take up to five gallons weekly of good
latex paint, (on a first come, first serve basis). This program is NOT
meant for bad latex paint, which should be dried up in the original
can and disposed of with garbage, with the lid removed. Thinners,
oil based paint, lacquers, aerosols, stains or drums of paint should be
held for the HHW event – see “Paint


Can be recycled in the bulk metal bin at transfer stations.
License plates are NOT accepted in curbside pick
up programs.


Of any kind is NOT allowed to be disposed of
at any Fulton County Solid Waste facility, including the transfer
stations. (Used motor oil is considered a recyclable.) Paint must be
dried up by putting cat litter, dirt, sand or sawdust in the paint until
it is no longer in liquid form. Any good, reusable latex paint can be
brought to the Latex Paint Exchange at the Department of Solid
Waste, 847 Mud Road, Johnstown, from June through August. See
“Latex Paint Exchange” .


Manure may not be disposed of at any Fulton County
solid waste facility. Manure generated by farm animals should be
disposed of on site as a farm is considered a business and is not al-
lowed the use of transfer stations. Small quantities of animal waste
can be disposed of at the transfer station, but it must be contained in
a bag, or sealed in some manner.


Mattresses (and cloth-covered box springs) can be
disposed of as garbage. (Metal bedsprings go into metal bin).


The following items may be deposited in the bulk
metal bin at transfer stations for recycling:

ACCEPTABLE

  • Mufflers, Old pipe, Old wire
  • Car doors, Hoods , License plates
  • Appliances (See “Appliances” page 1)
  • Aluminum doors, aluminum chair frames
  • Oil tanks (for furnaces) See Oil Tanks,
  • page 9, for preparation instructions.
  • Metal 55-gallon drums w/tops & bottoms
  • removed & crushed
  • Lawn mower engines with all fluids drained

UNACCEPTABLE

  • Gas tanks
  • Car frames, Tires
  • Car/Truck Engine parts
  • Transmissions
  • Paint cans, Propane tanks
  • Cloth covered box springs
  • Freon-containing units

Motor oil from lawn mowers and vehicles is ac-
ceptable for recycling at all transfer stations at no charge. Oil
must be placed in a translucent jug (See-through, such as a wind-
shield washer container) with a screw-on cap, to keep it from
spilling. Used oil jugs should be handed to the attendant, who
pours it into a 55-gallon drum. It is the attendant’s responsibility
to hold the oil for at least 24 hours to ensure that no contaminants
are in the oil, before pouring it into the drum. Residents are NOT
allowed to pour oil directly into the drums! Do NOT mix thin-
ners, antifreeze or any other automotive fluids in with the oil.


There is no smoking allowed at the transfer
stations, by the attendants, who are county employees. Residents
are also prohibited from smoking while they dispose of garbage
and recyclables and lit cigarette butts should NOT be thrown into
the garbage hoppers, as there is danger of fire.


Oil tanks (fuel oil tanks for furnaces) must be
empty and cut in half and flattened; or they can be drilled with
numerous holes on all sides. An alternative method of disposal is
to take the tank to Bornt Waste & Metal, call 518-725-6227 for
information on their hours and disposal requirements.


Residents are encouraged to use the Latex Paint Exchange to dispose of
good, reusable latex paint. See page 7 for details of this environmentally
friendly, no-cost reuse program.

To dispose of small quantities of any kind of paint – completely
dry up the liquid paint (in the original can) and dispose of it with
regular household garbage, with the lid clearly removed. Dry the
paint by removing the lid and letting the can sit until it is solidi-
fied; or bulk-up liquid paint with cat litter, sand, or sawdust, let it
harden, then throw away in regular garbage, with the lid re-
moved. Do not recycle paint cans in singlestream recycling.

Bad oil paint or stain can be disposed of at the Household Hazard-
ous Waste Drop-off Day, which is held every other year (see page 6).
Call the Recycling Info-Line, 518-736-5504 with questions.


Are the responsibility of the municipality
served by the transfer station, per the contract between the mu-
nicipality and the County. The color of the permit sticker, timing
of renewal and cost of sticker are determined by the municipality,
which should notify this department of the new color, price, etc.
Municipalities are encouraged to ensure the permittee is the
owner of a residence in that municipality, (meaning they have a
residence, not just land with no structure on it,) and obtain their
name, license plate number, make and model of vehicle, address
and phone number. This information assists this department in
identifying anyone who abuses the station rules.

It is Department of Solid Waste policy that transfer station permit
stickers must be permanently affixed to the vehicle listed on
the application
. Residents are NOT allowed to loan their sticker
privileges to others. Proper display of a valid sticker assists the
station attendant to ensure the station is not being abused; assists
them in performing their job, and assures the municipality isn’t
paying for waste that doesn’t come from within their area or from
businesses.


The Director of the Department of Solid Waste through local solid waste
management aw, has the authority to revoke a user’s permit to utilize a transfer
station for just cause. Typically, an attendant brings a problem of
noncompliance, unauthorized business use, or non-resident use of
a station to this department’s attention.

Transfer station attendants are advised to write down the permit
sticker number, license plate number, make and model of the ve-
hicle in case of a problem, so this department can match the per-
mit sticker with the individual. Municipal clerks, who sell the
stickers and keep records of permit numbers, are helpful in identi-
fying an abuser. Depending on the infraction, the Director may
issue a warning, or revoke the permit. Revocation is done via let-
ter, with a copy to municipal clerks and station attendants.

Revocation may be permanent, or for the remainder of the year. If
someone whose permit has been revoked attempts to use a station,
they are turned away. In extreme circumstances, the Sheriff’s Department
may be called to escort a revokee out of the station. Anyone
whose permit is revoked should hire a private hauler or utilize curbside
garbage pick up if offered in the municipality.


Leftover or outdated prescription and over-
the-counter medicines should not be flushed down the toilet. Residents
are encouraged to use the Prescription Drug Drop Box, located in the
lobby of the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department on Rt. 29, Johnstown.
It is no cost and available 24 hours a day. (Controlled substances and
veterinary medicine are also accepted. No liquids or sharps). The
Gloversville Police Department also has a drop-box in the lobby. Open
8 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays. Most pharmacies in Fulton County have
mailback programs for old medicines. An alternate disposal method is
to mix the medicine with dirt, kitty litter, or coffee grounds and put it
into the regular garbage. The empty pill bottles are also garbage (not
recycling).


Clean, non-greasy pizza boxes, both corrugated and
one-layer cardboard, are allowed in singlestream recycling. All food
waste should be removed. Dirty boxes should go into the garbage.


One-use plastic grocery bags should
be deposited at grocery and retail stores. “Bags of plastic
bags” (including bubble wrap and film wrap) go in specially marked
bins at stores. No loose bags or “bags full of bags” are allowed in
singlestream recycling. The New York State one-use plastic bag ban
begins March 1, 2020, residents are encouraged to use re-useable bags.


The following materials are prohibited from disposal at all transfer stations:

  • HOT ASHES
  • COMMERCIAL WASTE
  • LIQUID WASTE
  • INFECTIOUS WASTE
  • EXPLOSIVE WASTE
  • SEPTAGE & SLUDGE
  • HAZARDOUS WASTE
  • PROPANE TANKS (Dispose at DSW only)
  • DEAD ANIMALS
  • FREON UNITS (Dispose at DSW only), $5 ea. for residents. See “Freon” 
  • MEDICAL WASTE
  • TIRES (Dispose at DSW only.) Fees apply. See “Tires” 

20-lb propane tanks (barbeque grill size)
are accepted at the DSW ONLY (next to Freon units). No permit
needed. Small 1-lb propane tanks (Coleman portable stove size)
can be disposed of as garbage if EMPTY. Large propane tanks
(such as 100 lb. residential tanks) should go back to the dealer.


The transfer stations are de-
signed to accept weekly generated household refuse, and SMALL
QUANTITIES
of remodeling debris. Rule of thumb, is any one
project is allowed the equivalent of five pick up truck loads.
(Except Northampton, which allows only three loads). If more
than that quantity will be generated, residents should be advised to
hire a hauler.


Details are outlined in
Department of Solid Waste brochures. Additional brochures
available upon request by calling the DSW at 518-736-5504. All
transfer stations accept the following material (a permit is needed
for singlestream recycling or bulk metals).

  • Singlestream Recycling - Drop-off containers for singlestream
    recycling are located at every transfer station. (See
    Singlestream, page 15 for recycling preparation guidelines).
    Recycling can be transported in any way convenient to resi-
    dents, and dumped loose into the bin at the transfer station.
    Residents need valid permits to recycle at transfer stations.
  • Bulk Metals - Stoves, dishwashers, dryers, etc. (see page 3). Atransfer station permit is needed for metal disposal. Caroga residents must purchase a
    coupon from municipal clerk to dispose of an appliance (see page 1).
  • Electronics and televisions - see “Computers”
  • Textiles & Shoes - Put in textile collection boxes. See
    “Textiles” for expanded list.
  • Motor Oil - Put used motor oil in a translucent jug with a tight
    cap, hand to station attendant (Residents DO NOT pour the oil
    into the 55-gallon drums themselves).
  • Propane Tanks - 20-lb propane tanks are accepted at the Solid
    Waste Department ONLY. No permit needed. (Put next to
    Freon units). Small, empty 1-lb propane tanks are garbage.
  • Rechargeable Batteries - Residents can bring rechargeable bat-
    teries and button batteries and dispose of them in special contain-
    ers at each transfer station (in with electronics).
  • Vehicle Batteries - Place in designated location at each transfer
    station. Or encourage residents to turn in their batteries for the
    rebate at stores that sell vehicle batteries.

Perth residents are allowed use of the Broadalbin Transfer Station, 221 Un-
ion Mills Road, to drop off used motor oil, rechargeable batteries, vehicle
batteries, electronics or textiles at no charge (and no sticker needed).


“Source Separation” or recycling, has been
mandatory in Fulton County since 1992. This means that recycla-
bles previously noted, CANNOT be included in with garbage. It is
a Transfer Station Attendant’s job to look at both garbage bags and
recyclables to ensure adherence to both recycling and garbage dis-
posal guidelines. The more residents recycle, the less they pay
through their local taxes, and it lengthens the life of the Fulton
County Landfill.


Freon containing units (refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners and dehumidifiers)
are not accepted at transfer stations. They may be disposed of only at the
Fulton County Department of Solid Waste, 847 Mud Road, Johns-
town. There is a $5 disposal fee (residential). See Freon


Out of County waste is NOT permitted to come to
the transfer stations. Municipalities selling permit stickers should
make every effort to ascertain that a permit applicant is a resident of
their municipality (meaning they have a residence in that municipal-
ity, not just land with no structure on it.)


Once deposited at a County-
owned facility such as the transfer station, all materials become the
property of the County. Residents are NOT allowed to take items
from transfer stations, and are NOT allowed to climb into any con-
tainer to retrieve anything. ABSOLUTELY NO EXCEPTIONS!
County ownership is noted in the County’s local solid waste law,
and there is liability on the part of the County if someone were to
get hurt trying to retrieve an item out of any county container.


There are several safe, approved methods of disposal for used needles, syringes
and lancets. Palmer’s Pharmacy in Johnstown participates in the
“Project Needle Smart” program. A free 1 quart container or mini-
holder is given on request, and the store has an anonymous drop-off
kiosk to deposit the container when filled. (Sharps disposal contain-
ers can also be purchased at all pharmacies). Filled containers can
also be dropped off at the Fulton Center for Rehabilitation and
Health Care, 847 County Highway 122, Johnstown. Call the facility
at 518-773-3400 for drop-off information. An alternate method is to
place needles in a rigid plastic container, (such as a liquid laundry
detergent bottle) and tape the top closed with duct tape and PUT IT
IN THE GARBAGE.

A PLASTIC JUG WITH NEEDLES SHOULD NEVER GO IN WITH RECYCLABLES!


Can be disposed of at transfer stations, but refer to
QUANTITY AND LIMITATIONS (page 12), for the equivalent
of 5 pick-up truck loads
(except Northampton, which allows 3
loads) for a home improvement project. If the quantity will be
greater than five loads worth, resident should be advised to hire a
private hauler. Call the Department of Solid Waste for a list of local
permitted haulers. Station attendants are within their job duties to
request the loads be spaced out and not be brought on the same day,
so the garbage hoppers do not become overfull.


Shredded paper (from a paper shredder)
should go into a clear plastic bag. This bag should be included with
(loose) singlestream recycling. Put the tied bag (of shredded paper)
into recycling containers at transfer stations. For curbside recycling
put the bag in the bin if it fits, or else set a larger bag on the ground,
beside the recycling bin. This should be the only item in plastic
bags for singlestream recycling.


(all loose, no plastic bags)

  • Paper Products - Newspapers, color inserts, magazines, glossy ads,
    junk mail, phone books and soft cover books, clean pizza boxes,
    milk and juice cartons, and “grayboard” (one-layer cardboard, like
    cereal boxes or paper egg cartons). Shredded paper (only) goes in a
    clear plastic bag. NO hardcover books, carbon paper, tissues or
    paper napkins.
     
  • Corrugated Cardboard- (three layers with a wavy inner layer).Flatten all cartons. These go into singlestream containers at transfer stations. For curbside recycling, corrugated cardboard can be set beside or under the bin (do not tie / do not put in plastic bag).
  • Glass- Clear, brown & green bottles and jars– rinse clean. La-
    bels and caps DO NOT have to be removed. Take deposit bottles
    back for 5-cent refund.

  • Plastic- Food and beverage containers that resemble a bottle(screw top),
    milk jugs, and containers such as margarine tubs, yogurt
    cups (flexible plastics). Caps and labels DO NOT have to be
    removed, but container should be rinsed. Take plastic deposit bot-
    tles back to the store for 5-cent refund. NO: flowerpots, toys,
    Styrofoam, pool chemical bottles, pill bottles or motor oil bottles
    should be put into recycling.

  • Tin & Aluminum Cans- Rinse can, put lid inside can and crimp.
    Labels DO NOT have to be removed. Take aluminum deposit
    cans back to the store for 5-cent refund.


is NOT allowed, by political candidates, non-profit organizations, busi-
nesses, etc., due to liability issues. If a group or organization asks
to sell something or distribute fliers or information at a station, the
request will be denied.


Should be disposed of onsite, and are not allowed at
transfer stations due to size and quantity. Residents should check
the DEC website (http://www.dec.ny.gov/) or call the Recycling Info
Line at 518-736-5504 to locate a DEC-approved land-clearing
debris disposal site.


Are NOT recyclable in Fulton
County’s recycling program. Suggest reusing them for mailing
fragile packages or donating them to commercial mailing centers.
Large blocks of Styrofoam packaging, as well as Styrofoam cups,
plates, to-go containers or egg cartons, go in the garbage.


Residents can drop off televisions at ANY
transfer station, (with electronics) during regular hours of opera-
tion, at no charge (no permit needed). Small businesses and non-
profits must bring electronics directly to the DSW.


Containers are located at all transfer stations.
These are for clothing, shoes, belts, hats, curtains, linens, blan-
kets, towels and stuffed animals. Items should be placed inside a
clear plastic bag that is tied. Residents should be directed to the
Salvation Army Thrift Store, 43 West Fulton St., Gloversville, or
other second-hand stores, if they have miscellaneous household
items such as lamps, small appliances, vases, knickknacks. These
(non-cloth) items should not be placed in the textile boxes.


Non-digital (mercury containing) thermo-
stats can be dropped off year round at the Electronics Collection
at the Department of Solid Waste. There is no charge, and this
program is open to residents, contractors and businesses. Ther-
mostats are also accepted at the HHW Drop-Off.


ALL TIRES MUST BE OFF THE RIM. Residents
can drop off tires ONLY at the Fulton County Department of
Solid Waste, 847 Mud Road, Johnstown.
The charge per tire is:

  •  $3 each for tires up to, and including 16” (a typical car orpick up truck tire. This includes motorcycle and donut tires.)
  •  $5.00 each 16.5” - 21”
  •  $13 each 21.5” - 24.5”
  • Tires over 24.5” will be charged by weight: $350/ton
  • Bulk Tires (over 20 tires) are charged by weight: $350/ton.

Residents must report tires to the scale house attendant, and 
pro-vide proof they are a Fulton County resident. Tires must be 
placed in a designated location at the DSW transfer station.
The attendant will direct residents to the appropriate spot.

Residents should also be encouraged to utilize disposal options
offered wherever their new tires were purchased.


are allowed to use transfer stations, but only single
axel, (2 wheel) non-dumping style, maximum size 5’ by 8’. No
exceptions. (All other larger trailers are considered commercial
and owners must obtain a permit to use the Fulton County Land-
fill if so desired.)


Are NOT allowed at transfer stations. If a resident
inquires about renting a U-Haul, have them call the DSW for ap-
proval and information on disposal rates and guidelines.


Accepted at all stations (no permit needed).
Place in designated location. Stores that sell vehicle bat-
teries will give a $5 to $10 rebate when an old battery is brought
in, so encourage residents to trade in their batteries for the rebate.


If a resident intends to do a home improvement/remodeling pro-
ject, or a huge clean out of a garage, attic, shed, etc., and the quan-
tity will be more than the equivalent of five pick-up truck loads
(three loads in Northampton
), a private hauler should be recom-
mended. Call the Department of Solid Waste (578-736-5501) for a
list of permitted haulers in your area.


Limbs are acceptable, but only 3 feet in length maximum,
and 6 inches in diameter. If there is a large quantity,
it is recommended that residents hire a private hauler.