Robert A. Bennett

Director of Public Services

Michael Sherba

Supervisor of Public Works

Johnson City Refuse Department
243 Main Street
Johnson City, New York 13790

Office Hours: 6:00am – 2:30pm

Phone: (607) 797-3031
Fax: (607) 798-9553

Johnson City Refuse Department

The Refuse Department consists of ten (10) full time employees, four (4) Refuse Drivers and six (6) Sanitation Men also known as "pickers" or "garbage men", a Foreman who is also the Parks Foreman and a Deputy Superintendent of Public Works.   There is one Account Clerk Typist that is responsible for payroll, personnel, time-off, billings/invoices and customer service for Streets, Sewer, Mechanics, Parks and Refuse.  The department is supplemented throughout the year by members of the street, parks and sewer departments.

For Johnson City Residents, recycle bins may be picked up at the Harry L. Drive or the Floral Avenue Fire Stations. Please take proof of residency.

If you have a broken recycle bin that needs to be disposed of, please clearly mark on the container “GARBAGE” and put it with your garbage.


2019 Schedule



Johnson City, NY Refuse Collection Map

Garbage, recycling & yard waste cannot be put out to the curb earlier than 24 hours prior to regular pick-up. All refuse must be out to the curb by 6:00AM on pick-up days.

Failure to follow the rules below will result in a violation tag being placed on your garbage receptacle, recycling bin and/or loose garbage. If the violation is not remedied within 24 hours, the Department of Public Works will return to pick up the tagged item/s and you will be charged a minimum fee of $105.


  • Limit is 6 items of garbage per dwelling unit. This consists of any combination of items, such as cans, bundles, bags, sofas, mattresses, etc.
  • Garbage cans cannot be larger than 32 gallons.
  • Weight limit per item is 50 pounds.
  • Maximum length of any item is 6 feet.
  • Appliances are to be set out on your regular garbage day. These items are picked up in a separate vehicle.
  • Paint cans must be open and completely dried out. (Kitty litter can speed up drying process if any paint is in the can)
  • In order to minimize the potential for liquids being deposited onto the Village streets, it is suggested that residents drain all garbage prior to collection. This practice will help eliminate excess liquid build-up within the refuse trucks.
  • Every occupant of a dwelling unit SHALL dispose of all garbage in a clean and sanitary manner by placing it in containers with covers. Lost or damaged covers are the owner's responsibility - not the Village's. If cans are not covered, the contents should be placed in tied bags.
  • Reminder - recycling is mandatory.
  • Plastic Bags are not recyclable. Cardboard must be broken down to 36” x 36” and tied or placed in paper bags.
  • Electronic equipment can no longer be collected at the curb. Please call 797-3031 for drop off locations.


COLLECTED MONDAYS VILLAGE WIDE (unless affected by a holiday)

  • Limit is 9 items of yard waste per building lot.
  • Leaves and grass clippings must be placed in covered cans or untied bags weighing no more than 50 pounds. Cans are preferred. Grass tends to stick inside the bags and the bags end up being windblown throughout the Village.
  • All brush must be securely bundled, no longer than 6 feet, easily handled by one person and no limbs larger than 3 inches in diameter.
  • Garbage cannot be mixed with yard waste.


  • This service is for residents only; all contractors that are hired must remove/dispose of construction debris.
  • C & D is picked up the same day as your garbage.
  • The limit is three 3 cans or bundles per building lot. This limit of 3 is included in the 6 items of garbage.
  • The weight limit for each item is 50 pounds.

Effective January 1, 2012, the Village of Johnson City Refuse Dept. can no longer collect electronic equipment at the curb. The following is information regarding the mandatory recycling of these items.


The NYS Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act was signed into law on May 28, 2010. The law will ensure that every New Yorker will have the opportunity to recycle their electronic waste in an environmentally responsible manner. The law requires a convenient system for collection, handling, and recycling or reuse of electronic waste beginning April 1, 2011.

For more information on electronics recycling collection locations please click here.

Residential and Small Quantity Generators will be eligible to recycle the following covered electronic equipment (CEE) at no charge:

  • Computers
  • Televisions
  • Small scale servers
  • Monitors
  • Keyboards and mice
  • Fax machines
  • Scanners
  • Printers
  • VCRs
  • DVRs
  • Portable digital music players
  • DVD players
  • Digital converter boxes
  • Cable or satellite receivers
  • Electronic or video game consoles

Under a separate act, the New York State Wireless Recycling Act, which became effective January 2, 2007, mandates that all wireless telephone service providers must accept cell phones for reuse or recycling. The eWASTE Alliance Partnership will also accept cell phones at no charge *See for a list of participating locations.

The new law will eventually prohibit the disposal of electronic waste in the state by all consumers; beginning January 1, 2012 for business and municipalities, and January 1, 2015 for individuals and households.

For more detailed information please visit the NYS DEC Website

NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Division of Solid & Hazardous Materials
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233-7251


Phone: 518-402-8706

Hazardous Materials must be taken to the Broome County Landfill Hazardous Waste Facility

286 Knapp Road
Binghamton, NY 13902

Transport of Hazardous Waste

  • Bring wastes in original or hand-labeled containers with caps and lids fully tightened. Never mix hazardous wastes together.
  • Place wastes in sturdy boxes and place newspaper or cardboard between containers. Wrap leaking containers in newspaper and place in a plastic bag.
  • Transport wastes as far from passengers as possible. Keep your vehicle well ventilated. Secure the load to prevent shifting during transport.
  • Do not eat, drink or smoke while packing, transporting or dropping off hazardous waste.
  • At the facility, remain in your car. Trained personnel will unload your vehicle.

Materials Accepted

  • Household cleaners and floor care products
  • Pesticides and fertilizers
  • Oil paints, solvents, stains, polishes and varnishes
  • Driveway sealers
  • Pool and photography chemicals
  • Gasoline and kerosene
  • Propane Tanks
  • Fluorescent bulbs, mercury, mercury containing devices
  • Computers, monitors, printers, laptops
  • Keyboards, radios, stereos, modems
  • Televisions, VCRs, fax machines, microwaves
  • Mobile phones, pagers
  • Up to 3 TV's &smp; 3 monitors per resident

Materials NOT Accepted

  • Radioactive materials, smoke detectors
  • Medical or infectious waste
  • Explosives and shock sensitive materials (picric acid)
  • Counter top appliances, telephones, answering machines and vacuums

Collection Hours are: 7:30am - 11:30am.

Please call the landfill for collection dates.


Yardwaste will be discontinued for the winter months. The exact date to stop picking has not been established. It will be based on weather conditions. Generally, yardwaste collection stops the first or second week of December.

Residents are reminder of the following rules regarding yardwaste.

  • Limit is 9 items of yardwaste per building lot.
  • Leaves and grass clippings must be placed in covered cans or untied bags weighing no more than 50 pounds. Cans are preferred. Grass tends to stick inside the bags and the bags end up being blown by the wind throughout the Village.
  • All brush must be securely bundled, no longer than 6 feet, easily handled by one person and no limbs larger than 3 inches in diameter.
  • Garbage cannot be mixed with yardwaste.
  • Yardwaste cannot be placed at the curb earlier than 24 hours prior to regular pickup on Monday mornings.

Christmas trees will be collected on January 8th and January 15th, 2018. All ornaments, tinsel and garland must be removed from the trees. Please DO NOT leave your tree in a plastic bag at the curb. Residents also have the option of delivering their Christmas trees to the designated area in the northern portion of Boland Park, behind the baseball field backstop.

Village yard waste collection will resume April 1, 2019.

Tire Drop Off Collection

Effective in 2013, the  Village of Johnson City will NO LONGER have a free tire drop off in May. This is because the Broome County Landfill will no longer allow the Village to utilize the annual tipping fee waiver for tire collection and disposal. Tires can be disposed of at the Broome County Landfill at a cost of  $2.50 per tire.



Year of Rate Change Single Family Residence & Per Apartment Commercial Property
2014 $66 per quarter $115 per quarter
2018 $70 per quarter $119 per quarter


Please follow these tips in order to keep our recycling program successful. Remember recycling is mandatory.

  • All containers (glass, metal, plastic & waxy coated milk cartons are recyclable). Rinse clean, remove lids, labels & flatten if possible. Place all containers loose in bin, including cartons (not in individual bags).
  • Only clean, unbroken glass jars & bottles are recyclable. (No broken glass, glassware, cookware, ceramics, light bulbs or window panes.)
  • Plastic jugs & bottles containing the recycling emblem numbered 1-7 are recyclable. (No plastic bags, lids, trays, auto fluid containers of any kind, styrofoam or unmarked items).
  • Clean aluminum foil & metal cans are recyclable. Rinse, remove labels & flatten. (No spray paint or auto fluid, motor oil cans; no cookware).
  • Place all papers, catalogs, telephone books & small cardboard boxes in PAPER grocery bags, or bundled. (No plastic bags, soiled papers or hardcover books).
  • Cardboard boxes including clean pizza boxes must be flattened and secured in manageable bundles.
  • Items not accepted include soiled papers, frozen good containers, egg cartons, household hazardous waste, medical waste, plastic bags.

If you have any questions, call the Village of Johnson City refuse department at 797-3031

  • Need a recycling bin?

    To obtain a yellow recycling bin, Village residents need to go to the Northside Fire Station on Harry L. Drive or the Southside Fire Station on Floral Avenue.

    The blue 32 gallon recycling containers are only available at the Broome County Landfill.