County Legislature Endorses State Proposal on Food Waste Recycling and Recovery
The Tompkins County Legislature is voicing support for Governor Cuomo's proposal to require large-scale generators of food waste to donate and recycle excess food. The resolution passed by the Legislature notes that keeping food waste out of landfills and instead using it for compost or energy recovery is a beneficial outcome environmentally and economically. The County already implements programs to reduce and recycle food scraps and is gearing up to recover even more. Edible leftover food is also best to keep out of landfills and instead be used to feed people.
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. It provides food donations to hunger relief programs that serve more than 2,000 people a week, and diverts over 1,000 pounds of good food from being wasted every day.
Learn more here.
Food Scraps Recycling Drop Spot Program Expands
Tompkins County Recycling and Materials Management has opened three new food scraps recycling drop spots at the Cass Park Ice Rink, Tompkins County Highway Department on Bostwick Rd, and at the Trumansburg Department of Public Works.
Read more about local food scraps recycling and composting initiatives in Tompkins Weekly here.
DEC Grant to Establish Food Scraps Transfer Station
The Tompkins County Department of Recycling and Materials Management was awarded a $355,000 grant from the New York Department of Environmental Conservation's Climate Smart Communities program. The funds will be used to create a new transfer station for food scraps, providing a centralized location for material collection and improving the transportation of food scraps to Cayuga Compost in Trumansburg for processing.
Read the full release here.
Become a Tompkins County ReBusiness Partner
Join the hundreds of local businesses and organizations who 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
We worked with some of our ReBusiness Partners to create a short video promoting the program. The video demonstrates how easy it is to participate in a waste assessment or reassessment and highlights some of the successes of existing partners. Special thanks to: Cayuga Medical Center, Renovus Solar, Waffle Frolic, and Thomas Hoebbel Photography.
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Online Reuse Directory Highlights Secondhand Shopping
Check out Get Your Greenback Tompkins' Reuse Store directory!
Secondhand shopping provides quality goods at reasonable prices, with most of your money staying in the local economy.