• 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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  • 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.

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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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Finger Lakes ReUse Receives 'Environmental Excellence Award' From New York State DEC


The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced that Finger Lakes ReUse, Inc. was among eight organizations awarded the Environmental Excellence Award for 2016. Finger Lakes ReUse was honored for "turning waste into opportunities by diverting reusable materials from the landfill."


Read the full news release here.


Natural Upcycling Begins Food Scraps Collection


Natural Upcycling, Upstate New York's leading food waste collection company, has acquired P&S Excavating/Cayuga Compost's food scraps collection business. They will be handling the pickup and delivery of food scraps in Tompkins County while Cayuga Compost continues to focus on processing those food scraps into a high quality soil amendment.


Click here to read the full press release. 


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


This past summer, Tompkins County Solid Waste worked with a few 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 CenterRenovus SolarWaffle Frolic, and Thomas Hoebbel Photography.


Friendship Donations Network Helps Neighbors in Need


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.


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.



Holiday Closings and Curbside Recycling Schedule




Recycling Center Upgrades are Underway


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