• New Drop Spots


    Three new Food Scraps Recycling Drop Spots are open: Cass Park Ice Rink, Tompkins County Highway Department on Bostwick Rd, and Trumansburg Village Public Works.

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  • Household Hazardous Waste

    Sign-up for the next Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) drop-off event!

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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.

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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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Friendship Donations Network Fights Food Waste


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. 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.


Friendship Donations Network is helping to organize the 

March for Climate, Jobs and Justice in Ithaca on April 29th as part of Sustainable Tompkins' Earth Day Ithaca Celebration.




Finger Lakes ReUse Deconstruction Program Hiring Temporary Crewmembers


The Deconstruction program from Finger Lakes ReUse is a green alternative to traditional demolition, salvaging reusable building materials. The program is currently hiring temporary crewmembers starting as soon as possible.


Find out more and apply here.




DEC Grant to Establish Food Scraps Transfer Station
The Tompkins County Department of Recycling and Materials Management was awarded a $355,000 grant from the New York Department of Environmental Conservation's Climate Smart Communities program. The funds will be used to create a new transfer station for food scraps, providing a centralized location for material collection and improving the transportation of food scraps to Cayuga Compost in Trumansburg for processing.
Read the full release here


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


We worked with some of our 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.




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.



Annual Community Shred Day is April 29th



Safe Medication Collection Event on April 29th


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