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 (RSWC).

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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 and compostable disposable items, free of charge, to the Public Drop-off at the Recycling and Solid Waste Center

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Special Notice Regarding New Recycling Guidelines


The 2016-17 Curbside Recycling Guidelines brochure will NOT be 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, and will be distributed to Ithaca City Hall, all town and village offices, Cornell Cooperative Extension in Ithaca, Wegmans' Customer Service, and several other locations. They can also be downloaded here.


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) and Lansing United Methodist Church 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 and learn how your business can save money, conserve energy, and divert resources from the landfill.


Changes to Food Scraps Recycling Program in Effect

The County Solid Waste Division and Cayuga Compost have implemented changes to the food scraps recycling program, narrowing the list of acceptable items. Only food items and paper napkins and paper towels are now accepted, along with compostable bin liners, to ensure a high-quality finished compost product. 


Prevent Food Waste and Save $1600 a Year!


Did you know the average American household throws away more than a quarter of all food purchases? Watch our video, featuring celebrity chef Emma Frischfor helpful tips on reducing food waste in your home. The video was made possible with a grant from New York State Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP2I).


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.





Gardener's Plastic Pot Swap and Canning Jar Exchange




FOG Collection Station Now Open at Recycling Center