The Guilderland Transfer Station is only open to people bringing in material from the Town of Guilderland. We do not accept material from outside the Town of Guilderland.
Guilderland Parks and Transfer Station decals are required and can be issued at the Transfer Station, Parks office, or the Town Clerks office at Town Hall. Bring your vehicle registration to get the decal. The current color isBLUE. The Decals are also needed for entrance to the town park and are also good for the Hazardous waste day events!
****SCALES CLOSE EVERYDAY AT 3:30. THERE IS NO DEMOLITION OR HOUSE/GARAGE/ATTIC/BASEMENT ETC. CLEAN OUT MATERIAL ACCEPTED ON OUR WEDNESDAY EVENING HOURS. ALL THIS MATERIAL IS ONLY ACCEPTED TUESDAY TO SATURDAY 7:30 TO 3:30. THANK YOU.****
Garden mulch produced by the Town's yard waste collection and composting program is currently UNVAILABLE.
When available you can load mulch yourself for free or pay $4 per yard for us to load it into your pickup or trailer with our loader.
Guilderland’s green initiatives
GUILDERLAND — Guilderland is implementing or looking into energy-saving green initiatives, including a town-owned solar farm at the landfill and a dual charging station at the town hall that residents can use for free to recharge their electric cars.
The town is a “Clean Energy Community,” Supervisor Peter Barber told The Enterprise, referring to a New York State Energy Research and Development Authority designation. The town used a NYSERDA grant to convert Town Hall and parking-lot lighting to light-emitting diodes.
In addition, Barber said, the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation recognized Guilderland as a “Climate Smart Community” based on its pledge to address the effects of climate change by enacting climate-smart land-use principles and by setting goals for climate action, decreasing energy use, and shifting to renewable energy, the supervisor said.
The town is planning to add to its website a page devoted to its response to climate change, and for now has posted answers to a list of questions often asked by residents in person and on the phone.
The Enterprise — Elizabeth Floyd Mair
Bikes: As Rashmina Sayeeda steadies the handlebars, Taylor Thompson removes the pedals from a donated bike that will go to Troy Bike Rescue, which repairs and refurbishes old bikes and gives them to economically disadvantaged children. Sayeeda and Thompson are both seniors at Guilderland High School. The organization also accepts adult bicycles, which it sells, with profits funding the group’s work. Bicycles were just one type of direct recycling that went on at Farnsworth Middle School’s Recycling Extravaganza on Oct. 26. Other items included used medical items such as walkers; items made of metal; and old electronics. Students who volunteered at the Recycling Extravaganza received community-service hours, which Sayeeda and Thompson said they needed for National Honor Society.
Guilderland has approved GE Solar to set up a solar facility at the town’s landfill at 6363 Frenchs Mill Rd. This project will have a community-solar aspect, Barber said.
In agreements like this, the solar company typically sells energy to residential or commercial customers at a guaranteed 5- to 20-percent discount to the National Grid price, according to a report prepared for the town by Solomon Energy.
Solomon Energy is the town’s consultant on solar energy projects.
Guilderland already has a solar facility in Amsterdam, Barber said. Guilderland partnered with a company in California to develop that facility, and it came online in June. The town is producing solar energy and receives credits to its energy bill, he explained.
Distributed Solar Development (a GE Renewable Energy venture) proposed to the town a 5.699,000 wDC (5.69 MWDC) system that would produce an estimated 6.986,974 kWh per year, according to the Solomon Energy report.
Construction would start in August 2020, the report says, and the lease would be for 25 years.
Solomon reviewed offers by three solar companies for the town — including Standard Solar and BQ Energy — and recommended DSD.
The town has proposed becoming involved in the Community Choice Aggregation program, in which it would join with other municipalities to purchase electric power at favorable rates, from sources other than National Grid.
This program allows local governments to procure power on behalf of residents, using the residents’ collective buying power to drive down costs while allowing the municipalities to choose the source of the electricity generation.
But municipalities need to supply enough customers — 40,000 — to make it worthwhile to the energy suppliers, which means collaborating.
Recently, Guilderland, New Scotland, Voorheesville, and Knox have all chosen to enter into separate, non-binding agreements with the not-for-profit organization Municipal Electric and Gas Alliance to begin exploring a Community Choice Aggregation program for their residents.
An educational seminar about the CCA will be on the agenda for the town board’s Nov. 19 meeting, said Barber.
Open space preservation
Guilderland owns over 700 acres of open space, Barber said, more than 200 acres of which it acquired during the past three years.
There is far more than 700 acres of open space in the town, Barber said, noting that that figure does not include a large portion of the Pine Bush, wetlands that are owned by the Department of Conservation, or land designated as open space that is owned by private organizations, homeowners' associations, and private people.
He said that, based upon GIS (Geographic Information System) mapping, he believes that the town-owned open space accounts for more than 2 percent of Guilderland’s total land, with the total amount of open space exceeds 5 percent of the town’s land.
The town’s open space will allow, Barber said, the creation of a “green infrastructure” of multi-use trails connecting neighborhoods, schools, and businesses, and protecting stream corridors.
Barber said the best informational source on the town’s expanding hiking trails is in a page, Hike Guilderland!, on the town’s website.
This page includes interactive maps of hiking trails at Tawasentha Park and Vosburgh open space near the Twenty West subdivision, as well as hiking trails in the Town that are managed by the Albany Pine Bush Commission, the DEC, and the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy.
As Guilderland acquires more undeveloped land, Barber said, additional trails are planned, with the goal of a “green infrastructure” connecting neighborhoods to destinations through a multi-use trail system.
The town recently installed a dual charging station, Barber said, at the town hall, which is available for residents’ use free of charge and which works for any make of electric car.
Guilderland uses software supplied by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, he said, that allows the town to monitor how much energy it is using, “particularly at the water-filtration plant,” Barber said.
A new water interconnect with Rotterdam, Barber said, will reduce the need to use the filtration plant, since Rotterdam’s water is already treated, so it needs only chlorine treatment and will not need to go through the filtration plant, he said.
The town is going to be acquiring 600 street lamps from National Grid, Barber said, and will then change them over to light-emitting diodes, or LEDs. The town is working with New Scotland, Altamont, and Voorheesville on acquiring National Grid’s lights and converting them to LED.
Guilderland also is partnering with neighboring municipalities as part of a combined effort to maintain the LED lights, since sharing that responsibility would cost less, he said. He expects to have a contract to purchase the lights ready for town board adoption in early 2020, he said.
The town also sets aside two days a year for for disposal of residential household hazardous waste at the highway department; the most recent was Sept. 7.
While not hosted by the town, an annual Recycling Extravaganza at the Farnsworth Middle School is part of the pervasive effort in Guilderland to re-use and recycle. At this event, people drop off items that can be directly recycled, including bicycles, books, medical items like walkers, and items made of metal.
Meanwhile, at the town’s transfer station, goods like cardboard and paper continue to be recycled. Since China has stopped taking the world’s refuse, markets for some recyclables have dried up or cost money to dispose of. Hence, on Jan. 1, Guilderland will start charging residents for recyclables.
David Corey, the foreman at the transfer station, said that the town will begin charging residents for bringing in recyclables.
This year, he said, the town had absorbed many unexpected charges as the market for these items dropped out, after China stopped accepting it.
“We used to get a check for maybe $100 a month. Now we’re paying $600 or $700 a month to get rid of it.” The bill for last month, he said, was $588.
Those fees are money that was not budgeted and that must be passed on to residents, he said, adding, “It’s something we don’t want to do; it’s just that we have to.”
The town will charge residents younger than sixty $7 per trip, and those 60 and older $6. The town could always do away with this fee later, he said, if the market for these items returns.
Corey said these materials — such as tin, glass, plastic — are in fact still being recycled.
“It’s now forcing companies in the U.S. to create a market,” he said, but there is a lag of perhaps a decade as those companies get started.
Planning Unit Overview
The City of Albany, acting as lead agent for the Capital Region Solid Waste Management Partnership Planning Unit (formerly known as “ANSWERS”), operates a solid waste management system located in the City of Albany, Albany County, New York.
Currently, with a combined population of approximotely 206,000 people, these communities include:
As part of the solid waste management system, the City of Albany operates a landfill facility on Rapp Road within the city. This landfill, which is fully permitted by the NYSDEC, is anticipated to be able to provide relatively low cost, reliable and environmentally sound waste disposal capacity for the Planning Unit until the end of 2016.
In addition to the landfill facility, the municipalities that make up the Planning Unit typically operate resident's drop-off stations for those residents who do not contract with private waste and recycling collection companies. Some municipalities, including the City of Albany, also facilitate the collection of yard waste, household hazardous wastes and electronics waste.
The Planning Unit is also served by several commercial recycling facilities that accept recyclables from both municipal and commercial collection vehicles. These facilities hold contracts with the Planning Unit municipalities or with the commercial collection companies.
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City of Albany Rapp Road Waste Management Facility
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Employees at Senior Services Center in Guilderland test positive for COVID
GUILDERLAND, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Two Guilderland employees at the Senior Services Center have tested positive for COVID-19. The town said the Senior Services Department has suspended on-site services and programs at the center and Town Hall until further notice.
The town said any person who recently attended events or services offered by the Senior Services Department may have been exposed to COVID. Those potentially exposed should observe for illness and seek testing. The town has informed the Albany County Department of Health for contact tracing.
The Guilderland EMS Department is offering free COVID-19 testing to any senior who may have been exposed. You can contact the EMS Department at 518-456-3600 to schedule an appointment or if you have any questions.
COVID can present with a wide range of symptoms including fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, runny nose, nasal congestion, sore throat, fatigue, headache, muscle aches, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or loss of taste or smell. Any person who develops new symptoms should stay home, limit their contact with others, immediately contact their healthcare provider and get tested.
The town advises residents to protect themselves and others by:
- Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol
- Avoiding close contact with others. When outside your home, keep a distance of at least 6 feet between yourself and others.
- Wearing a cloth face covering that covers your mouth and nose to protect others when in public areas.
- Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Staying home if you have a fever or are not feeling well.
- Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces.
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Guilderland Town Landfill in Altamont, New York
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Guilderland Town Landfill Contact Information
Address, Phone Number, and Hours for Guilderland Town Landfill, a Landfill, at Frenchs Mill Road, Altamont NY.
- Guilderland Town Landfill
- 6363 Frenchs Mill Road
Altamont, New York, 12009
- Mon-Fri 10:00 AM-5:00 PM; Sat 9:00 AM-1:00 PM
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About the Guilderland Town Landfill
The Guilderland Town Landfill, located in Altamont, New York is a solid waste disposal facility that buries trash and garbage beneath layers of soil or other cover materials. Sanitary Landfills, dump sites, and garbage dumps in Altamont are regulated by both the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and by New York state environmental departments. New York is also responsible for permitting trash disposal facilities. Permitting rules determine the Guilderland Town Landfill design, operations, and allowable waste streams offered to county residents.You may contact the Waste Facility for questions about:
- Guilderland Town Landfill waste management policies
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- Household waste and yard waste policies
- Industrial waste, construction and demolition disposal
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