• 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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County Legislature Endorses State Proposal on Food Waste Recycling and Recovery


The Tompkins County Legislature is voicing support for Governor Cuomo's proposal to require large-scale generators of food waste to donate and recycle excess food. The resolution passed by the Legislature notes that keeping food waste out of landfills and instead using it for compost or energy recovery is a beneficial outcome environmentally and economically. The County already implements programs to reduce and recycle food scraps and is gearing up to recover even more. Edible leftover food is also best to keep out of landfills and instead be used to feed people.


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.


Food Scraps Recycling Drop Spot Program Expands


Tompkins County Recycling and Materials Management has opened three new food scraps recycling drop spots at the Cass Park Ice Rink, Tompkins County Highway Department on Bostwick Rd, and at the Trumansburg Department of Public Works.


Read more about local food scraps recycling and composting initiatives in Tompkins Weekly 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.


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.



First HHW Drop Off Event of 2017 is April 15th



Check Out Our Spring 2017 Newsletter

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