Food Scraps Recycling Drop Spots:

Users can bring up to 10 gallons of food scraps and paper napkins & towels per day, free of charge, to one of our Drop Spots:



Recycling & Solid Waste Center

160 Commercial Ave., Ithaca

Open Mon - Sat from 7am - 3:30pm


Brooktondale Community Center

522 Valley Rd.

Open every Tuesday from 4pm - 6pm


Cass Park Ice Skating Rink

701 Taughannock Blvd., Ithaca

Open every Thursday from 3pm - 5pm


Cayuga Compost

3225 Agard Rd., Trumansburg

Open 24 hours a day


Cayuga Heights Village Office

836 Hanshaw Rd.

Open every Sunday from 11am - 3pm


Cornell Cooperative Extension 

615 Willow Ave., Ithaca

Open every Sunday from 10am - 2pm 


Danby Town Hall

1830 Danby Rd. (Route 96B)

Open every Saturday from 9am - Noon


Dryden Town Highway Department

61 E. Main St. (Rt. 392)

Open every Saturday from 9am - Noon


East Hill Plaza

Pine Tree Rd. (Next to Rite Aid)

Open every Saturday from 11am - 2pm

and Wednesdays 4pm - 6pm during Farmers Market


Hancock Street

Corner of Fifth and Hancock Streets, Ithaca

Open every Wednesday from 4pm - 6pm


Lansing Village Office

2405 N. Triphammer Rd.

Open every Saturday from 10am - 1pm


Tompkins County Highway Department

170 Bostwick Rd, Ithaca

Open every Saturday from 9am - Noon


Trumansburg Dept. of Public Works

Corey Street

Open every Saturday from 9am - Noon





It's Easy:

1. Collect your food scraps in your kitchen caddy, lined with a compostable bag.


2. Empty your kitchen caddy into a transportation container with a secure lid.


3. Bring your transportation container to one of our Drop Spot locations to dispose of your food scraps. 


NOTE: Caddies, bags and transportation containers are available free of charge from theDepartment or Recycling and Materials Management office or at any Drop Spot. For more information about the guidelines regarding the food scraps recycling kits, please click here.


All material collected is processed by Cayuga Compost and available for sale at a number of local retailers.















What's Accepted:

  • Bread & Grains
  • Beans & Nuts
  • Eggs & Dairy
  • Fruits & Vegetables
  • Meat, Fish, & Bones
  • Paper Towels/Napkins 

What's NOT Accepted

  • Diapers 
  • Glass
  • Metal
  • Pet Waste
  • Plastic
  • Styrofoam®
  • Utensils
  • Yard Waste –Yard waste can be dropped off separately at the Public Drop-off of the RSWC.

 Drop off Procedure:food scraps

  • Stop and see the Drop Spot attendant, and follow instructions to the blue tote. Replacement compostable bags are available both at the Drop Spots and the Recycling and Materials Management office.
  • Gently place your food scraps in the tote. Be sure to close the lid.

Users may bring up to 10-gallons (two 5-gallon buckets) per day.


Alternate Container Ideas:

  • Compostable bags at the RSWC are sized to fit a 2.5-gallon kitchen caddy.
  • Reuse coffee or other tubs that are about 2.5-gallons in size for your kitchen caddy.
  • Reuse a clean kitty litter, food service, or home improvement bucket as your transportation container.
  • Using a kitchen caddy is not required.

Trouble with Odors?:

  • Sprinkle baking soda on top of food scraps.
  • Keep your transportation containers outdoors and in the shade, especially during the summer.
  • Freeze meat and dairy until your next trip to any drop spot.


Food Scraps Recycling for Businesses:
There are options for Tompkins County businesses that generate more than 10 gallons of food scraps per day through the ReBusiness Partners Program.

More information:
For more tips and information on home composting, visit Cornell Cooperative Extension's compost resources page.


Liquid Fats, Oils, and Grease (FOG):

Fats, oils, and grease are a valuable resource that can be turned into biodiesel and other products. They don't belong in your drain where they can cause clogs and other problems that are expensive to fix. Residents of Tompkins County can collect the liquid fats, oils, and grease from their cooking and then deposit it at the FOG station at the Recycling and Solid Waste Center. FOG funnels are available for free at the Recycling and Materials Management Office.


Procedures for collecting liquid FOG:

  • Allow the liquid FOG to cool.
  • Pour into a reusable container such as an empty milk jug. 
  • When convenient, deposit FOG at the RSWC.



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