• Food Scrap Recycling Drop Spots


    Drop off your food scraps for free at any one of thirteen locations including the newest drops spots in Danby and on Hancock Street in Ithaca.

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  • Friendship Donations Network

    The local Friendship Donations Network (FDN) rescues fresh, nutritious food that would otherwise be thrown away from stores and farms and redistributes it to those in need.

    Learn more here.

  • Household Hazardous Waste

    Sign-up for the next Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) drop-off event! The next date is May 19th.

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  • Recycling and Solid Waste Center


     Residents can bring trash and single stream recyclables to the public drop off , as well as yard waste, scrap metal and additional materials such as electronics and appliances, large rigid plastics, propane tanks and plastic bags.


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  • Curbside Recycling

    Get the Guidelines for every other week curbside recycling collection provided to residents of Tompkins County.

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  • Permits and Fees

    Residents and businesses must purchase permits to dispose of garbage and certain recyclables at the Recycling and Solid Waste Center.

    Learn More




New Recycling Guidelines Brochure Available


The new 2018-2019 Curbside Recycling Guidelines brochure is now available, covering the 12-month period from July 2018 through June 2019. Inside, there is valuable information about single stream curbside recycling collection, including a list of items that can be recycled both at the curb and at the Recycling and Solid Waste Center at 160 Commercial Avenue in Ithaca. The publication also includes the ppoular recycling pick-up calendar through June 2019.


Click here to read the full press release, and for more information about forthcoming changes in items accepted for recycling.



Forty Weight Coffee Roasters and Ithaca Voice are Now ReBusiness Partners


Join us in welcoming Forty Weight Coffee Roasters and The Ithaca Voice as our newest ReBusiness Partners. Founded in 2010, Forty Weight Coffee Roasters produces a wide variety of high quality coffees from their roastery and coffee lab in Ithaca in addition to operating a mobile pop-up coffee shop. The Ithaca Voice, an online-only news and information site, offers a free and independent source of journalism to Ithaca and Tompkins County. 
Hundreds of local businesses and organizations are saving money, conserving energy and diverting resources from the landfill. Make a commitment to the 4Rs - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Rebuy - and call our team today for your free Waste Assessment, and check out this short video on the ReBusiness Partners program.



TCRMM Offering Presentations to Local Groups


Does your community group or business want to know more about recycling and waste reduction in Tompkins County? The Tompkins County Recycling and Materials Management (TCRMM) team is planning to offer presentations to local community organizations and businesses in 2018 to improve awareness of services and programs to recycle and reduce waste. They can work into the schedule of a regular event such as a monthly group meeting. Presentations would be 15 minutes in length and could cover the following topics:

  • An overview of Department services

  • Curbside Recycling

  • Food Scraps Recycling

  • Waste reduction and cost savings opportunities

Presentation opportunities that allow us to reach a large and diverse audience are preferred. If you would like to schedule a presentation please email Communications Specialist Jeremy Betterley at jbetterley@tompkins-co.org




Video Highlights Food Scraps to Compost


Thomas Hoebbel Photography and Video has produced a video showing the full life-cycle of food scraps in Tompkins County from kitchen trimmings to finished compost. It features behind-the-scenes footage of Cayuga Compost's turning and sifting processes. 


Visit Recycle Tompkins' YouTube channel to view this video along with other "How to.." segments related to curbside recycling collection, food scraps recycling drop spots, food waste prevention, and using the Recycling and Solid Waste Center.





FL ReUse Donation Drop Spot in Dryden June 16th



Public Space Recycling Comes to Wood St Park

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