The official site for the Town of Patterson

Patterson Town Hall
1142 Route 311
Patterson, NY 12563

- Patterson Single Stream Recycling -

At A Glance

Contact Information

Patterson Recycling Center

271 Cornwall Hill Road (at the Metro North tracks)

Thursday 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Friday and Saturday 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Call 845-878-4956 for general information

Garbage District 1:

AAA Carting Co. is the primary sanitation company, and can be reached at 845-628-5000.

Garbage District 2:

Russell Goff, Administrator
Patterson Garbage District Office
Cornwall Hill Road

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The Town of Patterson strongly encourages all residents and business owners to participate in the recycling programs available in our town. SINGLE STREAM is fiber and co-mingles mixed and collected together and should equal 75% of your garbage. Household garbage should equal 25% of your total waste.

75 / 25 - The Townwide Goal For Recycling

Recycling is not only good for the environment but it also has an impact on your taxes. There are no operating landfills within Putnam County and all waste must be carted out of the area. The cost to dump town garbage includes fuel, labor, and wear and tear on the trucks. Patterson is also charged a fee by the landfill operator each time one of our trucks dumps a load at the landfill. It makes sense to reduce the number of trips made to the landfill, and recycling is an vital way of reducing the amount of garbage that must be hauled to the landfill. The Town actually receives revenue from many of the materials that are collected for recycling.

In 2014, the Town collected approximately 2,642 tons of garbage and recyclables, not including e-waste. The Town's goal is to recycle 75% of the waste. In 2014, that would have amounted to 1,981 tons of recyclables which would have produced a revenue of $33,687.00. Reducing the non-recyclable waste to 660 tons would have saved the Town approximately $178,000.00 in tipping fees. The savings are huge and have a direct impact on property taxes.

The easiest way for residents to participate in a recycling program is to use the curbside programs provided by both of the Town's garbage districts. In addition, the town operates a Recycling Center that can be used to drop off recyclables, including many items that cannot be collected curbside.

The Patterson recycling program is a single stream program that has 3 objectives:

  1. Save taxpayers' money
  2. Make it easier for Pattersonites to recycle
  3. Remove recyclables from the garbage stream and put these materials back into the recycling system

Other Ways to Recycle Unwanted Items

Plastic Bags, Plastic Film, Bubble Wrap:

A consortium of retail stores and manufacturers maintain dropoff centers for plastic bags, plastic film, bubble wrap, and other types of retail plastic packaging not accepted by Patterson Recycling. Please visit for a list of dropoff sites and items accepted. The Putnam County Health Dept. has also compiled a list of dropoff sites within the County. There is no charge for using these sites.

Building Materials, Electrical, and Hardware:

Habitat for Humanity operates Restore in nearby Danbury, CT. ReStore is a home building supply thrift store that recycles new, gently used and antique items donated by manufacturers, stores, contractors and individuals. The donations are sold to the public at very low prices or used in the construction of Habitat houses. ReStore may be able to take your leftover building supplies from remodelling projects, old but usable kitchen cabinets and bathroom fixtures, furniture, lighting fixtures, and similar items. Please contact ReStore directly to discuss any items that you might like to donate. Donations may be tax deductible.

Household goods, Furniture, TVs, Computers, Tools, etc.:

Putnam County Freecycle is the local chapter of a nationwide network of groups dedicated to giving away and receiving items that are no longer needed but still usable. The Putnam chapter has an active membership and its main rule is that the donated item be usable, given away freely, and described accurately. It's a grassroots and nonprofit effort dedicated to reducing the amount of waste sent to landfills. Membership is open to anyone and is free but does require a Yahoo logon.

Compost Vegetable Food Scraps and Yard Waste:

Kitchen food scraps (no meats or fish) and yard waste can be composted to create a valuable and natural garden fertilizer. The process is easy. Visit the Putnam County Cooperative Extension website for more informaton.


Many area churches, charitable groups, and other organizations, such as the Putnam Humane Society and the Putnam Hospital Auxilliary, operate thrift stores to support their causes and will be happy to accept clean and usable items that you no longer need. Many donations qualify for a tax deduction.

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Regulations for the Curbside Single Stream Recycling Program

The recycling program allows recyclable materials to be co-mingled for curbside pickup.

Household garbage MUST still be separated from the recyclable materials.

Please leave your recyclables loose in your recycle bin. Plastic bags clog the machines at the recycling facility.

Clear (see through) plastic bags are requested for household garbage.

Recycling bins must not be larger than 45 gallons. If you are buying a new recycling bin, please purchase a blue colored container marked for recycling. Otherwise, any container may be used but it must be labelled with an "R".

Metal, plastic, glass metal food cans, aluminium foil food trays, foil juice packs, etc.

glass bottles, juice, wine, catsup bottles, food jars, canning jars, etc.

plastic containers #1,2,3,4,5,6,7 & 9 such as dairy jugs, bottles such as juice, water, shampoo and soda, laundry detergent containers, etc.

Rinse cans and bottles

Cans and plastic bottles can be flattened

Leave caps on bottles

Fibrous materials newspaper, office paper, flattened cardboard, mail, junk mail, magazines, office waste, phone books, books, cereal boxes, juice cartons, wrapping paper. Pizza boxes are accepted but food residue should be cleaned first. Items should be bundled together and tied tightly
waste paper from paper shredders Shredded paper should be put in clear plastic bags so they may be pulled out to be recycled separately.
Electronic waste, household items almost anything with an electrical cord or circuit board; see list below in the Recycling Center dropoff list for examples small items may be left curbside but it is preferable to bring the items to the Recycling Center
These items are not acceptable:
  • plastic bags: see the note under "Other Ways to Recycle Unwanted Items" for information about recycling plastic bags and film
  • diapers
  • food waste
  • plastic toys
  • laundry baskets
  • broken glass, mirrors, tempered glass, light bulbs, plate or window glass
  • ceramics, flower pots, Pyrex, crystals
  • fish tanks
  • Styrofoam including packing "peanuts", bubble wrap

Place bins at curbside no earlier than 6:00 PM the day before pickup and no later than 5:00 AM.

Co-mingles and fibrous materials can be put in the same container


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The Patterson Recycling Center

An annual permit is required to use the facility. Permit fees of $20 for one vehicle or $25 for 2 vehicles are used to defray the cost of operating the Center.

Town residents may purchase a permit at Town Hall or by mail. The Center is open only to Patterson residents.

Ammunition is not accepted, but can be brought to the State Police Barracks at 1672 Rt 22, Brewster, NY.

Item Special Instructions
Any material accepted for curbside recycling Refer to the curbside recycling rules
Bulk Items: white goods, air conditioners, dehumidifiers, refrigerators, dishwashers, stoves, washers / dryers, water heaters etc., sofas, old furniture Special permit and fee required for some items - see permit application instructions

No construction or demolition materials

Mattresses accepted with permit Also accepted during regular garbage pickup with permit
Scrap Metals: coat hangers, door frames, pots, pans, etc.  
Used motor oil, auto batteries  
Used clothing  
Tires Special permit required
Leaves and grass clippings only no wood or brush
Household Items:
  • anything with an electrical cord
  • cameras
  • carpet sweepers (corded or rechargeable)
  • clocks
  • gas cylinders
  • fluorescent ballasts
  • VHS or audio cassette tapes

Anything with a circuit board is considered electronics. New York State law prohibits the disposal of e-waste with household garbage due to the toxic materials used in their components. E-waste must be brought to the Recycling Center. Examples of e-waste include computers and peripherals, TVs and remotes, telephones and cell phones, and CD/DVD and tape players.

To protect your privacy, be sure to erase the data on your hard drives or remove it from the computer and dispose of it with your trash after removing the circuit board which can be recycled

Special permit required

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Recycling Bulletin Board

2018 Recycling Center Permits

Recycling Permits for the year 2018 are now on sale in the Town Clerk's office. Residents are reminded to please bring the registration of the vehicle(s)they plan on using when going to the recycling center. We will not be able to issue permits without proper proof of residency. Town residents may purchase a permit at Town Hall or by mail. Fees are as follows:

One car $20.00
Two cars: $25.00

Commercial Recycling Permits are now on sale in the Town Clerk's office. The cost is $175.00 for January 2016 to the end of December 2016. Please provide registration of your vehicle.


©2001-2018 The Town of Patterson
Patterson Town Hall
PO Box 470
1142 Route 311
Patterson, New York 12563
(845) 878-6500