Household Hazardous Waste

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Hazardous Waste (HHW) drop-off event!

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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.

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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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Recycling and Solid Waste Center

Many additional items can be dropped off at the RSWC - Batteries, Clothing, Electronics, Fluorescents, Food Scraps, Propane Tanks, Yard Waste and more…

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Food Scraps Recycling

Residents can bring food scraps, paper towels and napkins free of charge, to the Recycling and Solid Waste Center, or any Drop Spot.

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New Recycling Guidelines and Curbside Schedule


The 2016-17 Curbside Recycling Guidelines brochure was NOT mailed to County households this year. Free copies are available at the Solid Waste Division Office and the Recycling and Solid Waste Center public drop-off, as well as Ithaca City Hall, all town and village offices, Cornell Cooperative Extension in Ithaca, Wegmans' and Tops' Customer Service, and several other locations. The Guidelines and the recycling pick up schedule can be downloaded here.


New FOG Station Proves Popular in First Three Months


In the three months since the Recycling and Solid Waste Center added a collection station for liquid cooking fats, oils and grease (FOG), nearly 275 gallons of material have been dropped off by residents. The FOG collection station is part of the newly redesigned food scraps drop spot at the RSWC. The FOG will be processed by Buffalo Biodiesel into a renewable, biodegradable fuel. PLEASE: Liquids only; solid material goes in the food scraps totes. 


Congratulations to Our Newest ReBusiness Partners

We'd like to welcome Hilton Garden Inn Ithaca , Ithaca Children's Garden Rosie (the fastest and most convenient way to shop for groceries), Lansing United Methodist Church and Congregation Tikkun v'Or to the roster of ReBusiness Partners, and thank them for their commitment to the 4Rs - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Rebuy. Call our team today for your free Waste Assessment .


Don't Let Your Veggies Grow Up to be Compost!

The fourth season of Friendship Donation Network's Neighborhood Food Hubs continues through October 1st, and makes donating extra produce from your garden or CSA share easy. Sinply drop off your extra vegetables, fruit and eggs at one of the 17 Neighborhood Food Hubs, and it'll be distributed to area food programs the next day!


Check out the article on FDN published in Tompkins Weekly:

Sharing Summer's Bounty with Our Neighbors



Download the "Recycle Tompkins" App Today


Need to know the schedule for curbside recycling pick up on your street? Download our app onto your iPhone or Android device. 

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.





America Recycles Day Theme is "Be Recycled"




Food Scraps Curbside Collection Pilot Ends December 31st


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