Sanitation Department

SCROLL DOWN - General Rules and Regulations for:

  1. Garbage and Recycling Totes
  2. Holiday Pickup Schedule
  3. General Rules for Garbage Pickup
  4. Disposal of Paint
  5. Recycling with Totes
  6. Electronic Recycling
  7. Hazardous Waste
  8. Medical Waste
  9. Yard Waste

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2. Holiday Pickup Schedule for 2018:

January 1, New Year's: Garbage and Recycling will be ONE DAY DELAYED all week

February 19, President's Birthday: Regular Schedule

March 30, Good Friday: Regular Schedule

May 28, Memorial Day: Garbage and Recycling will be ONE DAY DELAYED all week

July 4, Independence Day: Garbage and Recycling will be ONE DAY DELAYED for July 4 -6 ONLY

September 3, Labor Day: Garbage and Recycling will be ONE DAY DELAYED all week


October 8, Columbus Birthday: Regular Schedule
November 6, Election Birthday: Regular Schedule
November 12, Veteran's Day: Regular Schedule

Thanksgiving: Garbage and Recycling will be ONE DAY DELAYED for November 22 & 23 ONLY

Christmas: Garbage and Recycling will be ONE DAY DELAYED all week for December 25 - 28 ONLY

NOTE: Your pickup will be one day later if your regular pick-up day is on or follows one of the above holidays. (On those weeks, Saturday is used as a makeup day).

3. Garbage and Household Rubbish Pickup:

NOTE: There is a 12 hour ordinance in West Seneca which prohibits residents from placing their garbage/debris/recycling to the curbside more than 12 hours in advance of their regular scheduled pick-up. Residents should arrange to have their totes at the curbside the night before or before 7:00 AM garbage day.

*All garbage and recycling MUST be secure from weather and/or animals. You can help keep our town clean and beautiful by following these simple rules:

1.) As of MARCH 3, 2014: "Totes Only" rule applies. Any regular garbage can or old recycling bin placed at the curside with or without garbage, will be taken with the trash. ALL TRASH MUST FIT IN THE TOTE WITH LID CLOSED, OR IT WILL NOT BE PICKED UP.

2.) "Do-It-Yourself": Excess project debris that does not fit in tote, may be brought to the Highway Department with proof of residency during regular business hours of Monday-Friday 7:00am - 3:00pm.



Building and remodeling contractors must dispose of their own debris and scrap. Lumber and material from building demolition cannot be handled by our LIMITED STAFF & EQUIPMENT. The owner should transport this debris to a private dump or Land Fill Co.

NOTE: RED LID totes are available by request (when available) for SMALL DIY projects. The Sanitation Department will deliver/pickup the totes at curbside. LIMIT: 2 WEEKS

3.) Carpeting/Pads: Must fit in tote or may be brought to the Highway Department.

4.) Concrete/Stones/Brick: Cannot be pick up at curbside. Residents may take clean concrete and stone (NO DIRT or RED BRICK) to Ebenezer Yard Materials, 1655 Union Road, (716) 462-2744 for recycling free of charge. *Please check in at office located at the white scale house at rear of complex.

5.) Rubbish/Large Items: **Residents do not need to call ahead** A separate truck collects large items each week on your regular garbage day. Be sure your large items are at curbside the night before, or before 7:00 am garbage day for pick-up.

6.) Tires: Will not be picked up at curbside. However, you may bring them to the Highway Department, 39 South Avenue, Monday – Friday, 7:00 am – 3:30 pm. at a $2.00 fee per regular without a rim, $3.00 per regular with rim, and $5.00 per larger tires.

7.) Cars:

8.) Car parts and heavy metals: Cannot be picked up at the curbside as could easily jam or break our packing machinery. We refer you to junk yard disposal.

9.) Waste Oil and Anti-freeze: Will not be picked up at curbside. We refer you to full service auto repair stations, or retail stores that sell oil.

10.) Propane Tanks: Will not be picked up at curbside. However, you may bring them to the Highway Department, 39 South Avenue, Monday – Friday, 7:00 am – 3:00 pm at a $2.00 per tank fee. (Mini tanks are free of charge)

4. Disposing of Paint:

The West Seneca Highway Dept. does NOT accept paint at 39 South Avenue. The proper way to dispose of paint is as follows:

  • Latex based paint: Open cans and stir in kitty litter, speedy dry or sawdust.Periodic additional stirring will help to speed up the drying process. When paint is completely dry, put the cans (lids off) at curbside with your garbage on your regular garbage day for pickup.
  • Oil based paint: Should be brought to the Erie County Hazardous Waste drop off site as listed on the Erie County Website: or by calling the Erie County Hazardous Waste Hotline at (716) 858-6800.

5. Recycling with totes:


Residents should start using the GREEN LID totes for recycling. Old Recycling bins will no longer be used. All recycling must fit into the tote with the LID CLOSED or it will not be picked up.

Going forward, for recycling questions or missed collection, please contact MODERN Recycling Customer Service at 1(800) 330-7107.

The Town of West Seneca has a mandatory recycling law which means that every home, business, and institution within the Town MUST recycling items like glass bottles, plastic, metal cans, aluminum containers, paper, junk mail, magazines, cardboard, writing paper, milk & juice cartons, and telephone books. See the improved list of acceptable recyclables below:

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Please note:  Pizza Boxes (show below) are not able to be recycled.

Residents should arrange to have their recyclable material in their recycling totes and placed at curbside the night before, or before 7:00 am regular garbage day.

  • Large "Appliance" Cardboard Boxes: May be placed next to the tote for pick up.
  • Small Cardboard Boxes: Should be flattened and placed inside the tote.
  • Newspapers: No longer need to be separated in tote.
  • Shredded Material: May be put in a bag and then in tote.

6. Electronic Recycling:

TOWN RESIDENTS with Proof of Residency may bring electronics to the Highway Department during Regular Business Hours Only. ILLEGAL DUMPING IS PROHIBITED! Premise is monitored/recorded; anyone observed dumping will be prosecuted.

Electronics are accepted at:
Highway Department, 39 South Avenue
Monday - Friday 7:00 am - 3:00 pm

There is a $5.00 charge for EACH: CRT (tube) TV and Older Computer Monitor.

*All other Electroincs and Computer Components are FREE of CHARGE.

7. Hazardous Waste:

The West Seneca Highway Department does NOT collect Hazardous Waste at the curbside, and can no longer accept Motor Oil, Gasoline, and Anti-freeze at 39 South Avenue.
(For local proper disposal you may contact any auto parts store, retail business that sells motor oil, or full service auto garage.)

Hazardous Waste material may be brought to an Erie County Drop-off Site which are for area residents to properly dispose of household hazardous waste items free of charge. NO LATEX PAIN, TIRES, COMPUTERS, PHARMACEUTICAL, COMMERICAL/INDUSTRIAL WASTE will be accepted.Visit the Erie County Website at: or call the County's Hazardous Waste Hotline at (716) 858-6800.


  • 1. Pesticides, Fertilizers, Pool and Household Chemicals/Cleaners (limit 2gal. / 20 lbs.)
  • 2. Oil Based Paints, Spray Cans (limit 10 gallons) - No Latex
  • 3. Thinners, Stripper and Solvents (limit 2 gal.)
  • 4. Mercury Thermometers and Thermostats
  • 5. Propane Tanks and Cylinders (full or empty)

8. Medical Waste:

Hypodermic Needles: are accepted for proper disposal from Town Residents at: Highway Department, 39 South Avenue
Monday - Friday, 7:00 am - 3:30 pm

Unused Prescriptions: are NOT accepted at the Highway Department. For proper disposal, residents should:

  • Crush unused pills, put in coffee grounds, and place at curbside the night before, or before 7:00 am regular garbage day.
  • Check local publications and websites for occasional drop-off sites:

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9. Yard Waste:

Yard wastes make up approximately 40% of our solid waste. Disposal costs are high and increase annually. It is highly recommended that residents try backyard composting as an alternative to disposal of yard waste. You may also want to consider mowing your lawn and leaving the grass. Recycling grass is good for your lawn. Grass clippings decompose quickly and return a perfect balance of nutrients to the soil and help the lawn resist drought.

Proper Disposal Procedure:
Yard waste is collected for our community composting site on 500 Mineral Springs Road every week during the period starting the 1st week in May and to the 1st week in December. Residents should arrange to have their yard waste at the curbside the night before or before 7:00 am regular garbage day in:

  • Paper lawn and leaf bags: Available for purchase at Tops, Wegmans, Home Depot, Lowes, most hardware stores, and at the Highway Department 5 bags for $3.00. DO NOT USE plastic bags for yard waste. They will not be picked up!
  • Open reusable containers: Examples: old garbage can without lid, bushel basket, plastic container. Containers should not weigh over 50 pounds, and we ask that you do not place rocks, metal or household garbage in with your yard waste.
  • For quicker service: Residents may bring their yard waste to the Compost Site, 500 Mineral Springs, Monday - Friday 7:30 am - 2:30 pm.


Additional Yard Waste and Highway Department Information:

Visit the HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT PAGE for the following information:

  • Overview
  • Parks
  • Vehicles
  • Town Tree Maintenance
  • Replacement Trees
  • Street Light Outages
  • Winter Policies Clarified
  • Compost Site
  • Branches and Bushes (without roots)
  • Branches over 6" in diameter Hedges
  • Large tree limbs
  • Stumps
  • Bushes (with roots)
  • Leaves
  • Leaf Pickup Map

Matthew D. English
Superintendent of Highways,
Sanitation and Buildings & Grounds

Phone: (716) 674-4850 Ext. 18
Fax: (716) 674-0981

Gregory Zimmerman
Sanitation Supervision
Phone: (716) 674-4850

39 South Avenue
West Seneca, NY 14224

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday: 7:00am - 3:30pm

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