Sanitation Department

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

39 South Avenue
West Seneca, New York 14224

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

Gregory Zimmerman
Sanitation Supervision

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

Employment Application:

General Rules and Regulations for:

Garbage and Recyling Totes

Holiday Pickup Schedule

General Rules for Garbage Pickup

Disposal of Paint


Electronic Recycling

Hazardous Waste

Medical Waste

Yard Waste

Additional Yard Waste and Highway Department Information



PRINT Garbage Totes Update



Holiday Pickup Schedule for: 


New Year's:       Garbage and Recycling will be ONE DAY DELAYED all week 
January 2
Lincoln's Birthday:          Regular Schedule
February 13
President's Birthday:       Regular Schedule
February 20
Good Friday:                  Regular Schedule
April 14
Memorial Day:    Garbage and Recycling will be ONE DAY DELAYED all week
May 29
Independence:        Garbage and Recycling will be ONE DAY DELAYED for
July 4                       July 4 -7 ONLY
Labor Day:         Garbage and Recycling will be ONE DAY DELAYED all week
September 4 

Columbus Birthday:    Regular Schedule
October 9
Election Birthday:      Regular Schedule
November 7
Veteran's Day:          Regular Schedule
November 10
Thanksgiving:    Garbage and Recycling will be ONE DAY DELAYED for
       November 23 & 24 ONLY

 Christmas:     Garbage and Recycling will be ONE DAY DELAYED all week       


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).  


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 garbarge 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
  2.)    "Do-It-Yourself" projects:  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 AND EQUIPMENT. 
The owner should transport this debris to a private dump or Land Fill Company
3.)        Carpeting/Pads:  Must fit in tote or may be brought to the Highway Department. 
4.)       Concrete/Stones/Brick:  Cannot pick up at curbside. 
Residents may, however, bring clean concrete, stones and brick to Ebenezer Yard
Materials1655 Union Road, (716) 822-5755 for recycling free of charge.
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:
Wheels For Wishes is a vehicle donation program benefiting Make-A-Wish Central New York. At no charge to residents, they pick up or tow away vehicles, anywhere in New York. Earned proceeds are donated to Make-A-Wish Western New York and help to grant the wishes of local kids.  Contact them at 1-855-239-9474 or

8.)   Car parts and heavy metalsCannot 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-freezeWill not be picked up at curbside.  We refer you to full
       service auto repair stations, or retail stores that sell oil.
10.)  Propane TanksWill 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) 


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:
     1.)  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.
     2.)  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.

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:
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. 
     1.)   Large "Appliance" Cardboard Boxes: May be placed next to the tote for pick up.
     2.)   Small Cardboard Boxes:  Should be flattened and placed inside the tote.
     2.)   Newspapers:  No longer need to be separated in tote.
     3.)   Spredded MaterialMay be put in a bag and then in tote. 


Electronic Recycling:
TOWN RESIDENTS ONLY!! (Must provide "Proof of Residency")

The West Seneca Highway Department has become an electronic recycling center to assist our residents with proper disposal.

Electronics may be brought to the Highway Department, 39 South Avenue, 
Monday – Friday, 7:30 am – 3:00 pm 
There is a $5.00 charge for EACH:  (Cash or Check Only)
Any size CRT (tube) TV and/or Older Computer Monitor
 **All other electronics are free of charge. 
Deposits are accepted during these hours ONLY.  ILLEGAL DUMPING IS PROHIBITED!  
This premises is electronically monitored; anyone observed dumping will be prosecuted. 

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.
Upcoming Hazardous Waste Drop-Off :
Erie Community College (North Campus)
(Main Street & Youngs Road, Williamsville)
Saturday, May 7, 2016
9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Erie Community College (South Campus)
(Enter at Big Tree Road - Route 20A via Abbott Road)
Saturday, June 18, 2016
9:00 am - 2:00 pm


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) 
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 Prescriptionsare NOT accepted at the Highway Department. 
For proper disposal, residents should:
1.)  Crush unused pills, put in coffee grounds, and place at curbside
      the night before, or before 7:00 am regular garbage day. 
2.)  Check local publications and websites for occasional drop-off sites:
Sponsored by the National Prescription Drug Drop Off
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:
     1).  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! 
     2.)  Open reusable containersExamples: 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.
    3.)  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 website at
for the following information:
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
Bushes (with roots)
Leaf Pickup Map