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Sierra Processing

Sierra Processing, the region’s only material recovery facility (MRF), receives, separates and prepares recyclable materials for end-user manufacturers. County Waste NY invested in this Albany facility and it serves an essential function in their environmental waste management infrastructure in New York.

Benefits of Recycling

EPA Waste Management Hierarchy

When it comes to sustainability and managing waste, the EPA ranks Recycling as #2 in their Sustainable Materials Management: Non-Hazardous Materials and Waste Management Hierarchy.

The benefits of recycling include:

  • Preventing the emission of many greenhouse gases and water pollutants
  • Saving energy
  • Supplying valuable raw materials to industry
  • Creating jobs
  • Stimulating the development of greener technologies
  • Conserving resources for our children's future
  • Reducing the need for new landfills and combustors

Contact Sierra Processing

Sierra Processing
865 S Pearl Street
Albany, NY 12202



Hours: Monday-Friday 8AM to 5PM
Closed: Saturday & Sunday

Sierra Processing receives truckload quantities of materials from businesses only.  Organizations interested in a tour of the facility may contact them directly to schedule a tour.


The recyclable materials accepted and processed by Sierra Processing include:

  • Glass beverage bottles and food jars
  • Metal food and beverage cans
  • Paper cardboard, paperboard, newspaper, magazines, other wastepaper
  • Plastic bottles, tubs and jugs

For a more detailed list of the items they accept in County Waste's recycling containers, visit the Recycling section of this website.

Recycling Safety

Material Recovery Facility

Whenever someone puts an item in the recycling stream that’s not accepted, it is someone else’s job to take it out. When unacceptable items are placed in recycling collection containers they end up at Sierra Processing in Albany and they put locals at risk:  our co-workers, local first responders and the public.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), at least 25 MRF workers died on the job between 2011 and 2017.

Never place unacceptable items in residential or business containers for recycling collection. These items are especially dangerous to people and equipment.

  • Ammunition
  • Batteries
  • Bulky rigid plastics
  • Cell phones
  • Chains
  • Christmas lights
  • Clothes
  • Clothes hangers
  • Electronics
  • Electrical wires
  • Extension cords
  • Fuels
  • Garden hoses
  • Glass, broken
  • Household Hazardous Waste
  • Liquids
  • Needles, sharps
  • Plastic 6-pack holders
  • Plastic bags
  • Pipes, metal, plastic, etc.
  • Ribbon
  • Rope, twine, cord
  • Scrap metal


If you are not 100% sure an item can be placed in a residential or commercial recycling container, visit the Recycling section of this website.

And remember, there are many items that are not allowed in any County Waste container like ammunition, batteries, cell phones, electronics, fuels, Household Hazardous Waste, liquids, and needles/sharps.