• Food Scrap Recycling Drop Spots


    Drop off your food scraps for free at any one of thirteen locations including the newest drops spots in Danby and on Hancock Street in Ithaca.

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  • Friendship Donations Network

    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.

    Learn more here.

  • Household Hazardous Waste

    Sign-up for the next Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) drop-off event! The first date of 2018 is April 21st.

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  • Recycling and Solid Waste Center


     Residents can bring trash and single stream recyclables to the public drop off , as well as yard waste, scrap metal and additional materials such as electronics and appliances, large rigid plastics, propane tanks and plastic bags.


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  • Curbside Recycling

    Get the Guidelines for every other week curbside recycling collection provided to residents of Tompkins County.

    Learn More

  • Permits and Fees

    Residents and businesses must purchase permits to dispose of garbage and certain recyclables at the Recycling and Solid Waste Center.

    Learn More



Now Accepting Recycling Assistant Applications


The Department of Recycling and Materials Management is accepting applications for the position of Recycling Assistant. Applications can be submitted on the Tompkins County Human Resources website.


The deadline for applications is January 22nd. 


TCRMM Offering Presentations to Local Groups


Does your community group or business want to know more about recycling and waste reduction in Tompkins County? The Tompkins County Recycling and Materials Management (TCRMM) team is planning to offer presentations to local community organizations and businesses in 2018 to improve awareness of services and programs to recycle and reduce waste. They can work into the schedule of a regular event such as a monthly group meeting. Presentations would be 15 minutes in length and could cover the following topics:

  • An overview of the Department of Recycling and Materials Management services

  • Curbside Recycling collection

  • Food Scraps Recycling

  • Waste reduction and cost savings opportunities

Presentation opportunities that allow us to reach a large and diverse audience are preferred. If you would like to schedule a presentation please email jbetterley@tompkins-co.org


Finger Lakes Toy Library Accepting Donations


The Finger Lakes Toy Library is a wonderful example of a community centered reuse program that benefits local families and children. While many of the toys people buy are owned permanently but realistically only enjoyed for a short period of time, a toy library improves access to toys for everyone.


The Toy Library is starting its first annual fund campaign. Learn more at their website.


William George Agency Now a ReBusiness Partner


The William George Agency for Children's Services in Freeville is now an official ReBusiness Partner! The agency serves at-risk youth and young adults. 


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, and check out this short video promoting the ReBusiness Partners program.


New Video Highlights Food Scraps to Compost


Thomas Hoebbel Photography and Video has produced a video showing the full life-cycle of food scraps in Tompkins County from kitchen trimmings to finished compost. It features behind-the-scenes footage of Cayuga Compost's turning and sifting processes. 


Visit Recycle Tompkins' YouTube channel to view the new video along with other "How to.." segments related to curbside recycling collection, food scraps recycling drop spots, food waste prevention, and using the Recycling and Solid Waste Center.





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2017 TCRMM Winter Newsletter Now Available

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