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County Waste NY Recycling Services

Meeting the needs of Ulster County recycling, Greene County recycling, and Columbia County recycling in New York.

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County Waste Cairo NY meets the residential and business needs of Ulster County recycling, Greene County recycling, and Columbia County recycling.  Not only does County Waste collect recyclable materials, County Waste has invested in the area's only material recovery facility in Albany that sorts and prepares the materials for manufacturers.

All of us benefit when we collect and process recyclable materials for manufacturers to reuse because it saves energy and resources, as well as diverts materials from area landfills.

Residential Recycling Service

New County Waste Cairo NY residential customers receive a 35, 65 or 95-gallon recycling cart with a green lid. The cart provides a safe and secure place to place acceptable recycling materials between pickup dates and the large wheels make it easy to roll carts to and from the end of the driveway.

Collection Frequency Weekly
Residential Schedule Schedule
35, 65 or 95 Gallon Carts
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Residential Recycling Carts

35 Gallon Residential Recycling Cart

35 Gallon Recycling Cart

65 Gallon Residential Recycling Cart

65 Gallon Recycling Cart

County Waste 95 Gallon Recycling Cart

95 Gallon Recycling Cart

Safe Collection

County Waste and Recycling strives to assure the complete safety of our customers, our employees and the public in all our operations. 

5 Steps to Safe & Efficient Collection

  1. Place only acceptable recycling materials in the cart and do not overfill.
  2. Do not bag recycling materials AND close the lid to prevent littering.
  3. Place the carts at the end of your driveway the night before your collection day.
  4. Space carts for safe and efficient collection. (see diagram)
  5. After cart is emptied, remove from driveway.
County Waste Residential Cart Spacing

When you and your neighbors place carts a safe distance from other carts and objects, it allows the auto side load trucks to safely and promptly empty the carts.

Why Cart Spacing Matters

  • The 18’ height spacing is needed to reduce overhead hazards like powerlines and trees.
  • The 3’ cart spacing is needed to accommodate the auto load system.
  • The 5’ distance is needed to safely empty the cart near trees, cars, mailboxes, etc.

Everyone Benefits

When each household consistently follows the 5 Steps to Safe & Efficient Collection everyone benefits with safe, timely service and cleaner neighborhoods.


A convenient way to learn if an item is acceptable in your single stream recycling cart is to check our Waste Wizard or County Waste App, both on the Schedule page.

In a Single Stream Recycling (SSR), also known as a commingled system, the items are not placed in plastic bags. In fact, plastic bags are very dangerous because they clog equipment.

Acceptable Materials

The major types of recyclable materials accepted are:

Unacceptable Recycling Materials List

Acceptable Recycling Materials – Glass

Please rinse out bottles and jars. Place broken glass containers in the trash.

  • Beverage bottles (no lids) clear, brown, green glass
  • Food jars (no lids)
Recycle Glass Bottles and Jars

Acceptable Recycling Materials – Metal

Please empty aerosol cans, and rinse out metal food and beverage cans.

  • Aerosol cans, 100% empty, no lid
  • Aluminum beverage cans
  • Steel or tin beverage and food cans
Recycle Empty Aerosol Cans Recycle Aluminum Cans Recycle Food Cans

Acceptable Recycling Materials – Paper

Only place dry, unsoiled paper products in the recycling container.

  • No plastic bags
  • Paper may be placed in paper bags
  • Flatten all corrugated cardboard and paperboard boxes
  • Remove any non-paper packing material

Acceptable Paper Materials

  • Cardboard, flattened and cut to fit in cart
  • Egg cartons, paper
  • Junk mail
  • Kraft brown paper bags
  • Magazines, catalogs
  • Newspaper and inserts but no bags
  • Paperback books
  • Office and school paper
  • Paperboard/Chipboard
    • Beverage boxes
    • Cereal boxes
    • Pasta boxes
    • Clothing boxes
    • Tissue boxes
  • Telephone Directories, soft cover
Recycle Clean Corrugated Cardboard

Please flatten boxes

Recycle Kraft Paper Bags

Kraft paper bags and cardboard are recyclable when not soiled.

Acceptable Recycling Materials – Plastic

Please empty and rinse out plastic bottles, jugs and tubs.

Screwed on caps are allowed but discard loose lids in the trash. Small, loose items like caps are a hazard at the recycling facility.

Recycle Plastic Water Bottles Prescription Pill Bottles Can Be Recycled Plastic Milk Jugs Plastic Tubs

Recycling Materials Not Accepted

Our team at County Waste and Recycling is very serious about safety. In fact, Safety is our number one Operating Value.

If you are not 100% sure an item is acceptable in your residential recycling or trash cart, use our Waste Wizard or County Waste App, both available on the Schedule page.

When unaccepted items are placed in the Single Stream Recycling system, they can:

  • Cause fires
  • Cause injury to anyone who comes in contact with the materials
  • Clog machines which can increase injuries
  • Contaminate the entire load
  • Reduce value of other recyclables

Materials Not Accepted in Recycling

  • Any item not on the acceptable list
  • Ammunition
  • Batteries
  • Broken glass
  • Bulky rigid plastics
  • CDs, DVDs
  • Cell phones
  • Ceramics
  • Chains
  • Christmas lights
  • Clothes
  • Clothes hangers
  • Diapers
  • Electrical wires
  • Electronics
  • Extension cords
  • Fuels
  • Garden hoses
  • Glass, broken
  • Household Hazardous Waste
  • Leather
  • Light bulbs
  • Liquids
  • Mirrors
  • Needles, sharps
  • Paper, soiled, greasy, or wet
  • Pipes, metal, plastic, etc.
  • Plastic 6-pack holders
  • Plastic bags, film
  • Ribbon
  • Rope, twine, cord
  • Scrap metal
  • Styrofoam
  • Toys
  • Window glass
  • Wood
  • Yard waste

REMINDER - There are many items that are not allowed in any County Waste container like:  ammunition, batteries, cell phones, electronics, fuels, Household Hazardous Waste, liquids and needles/sharps.