• 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.

  • 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.

    Learn More

  • Household Hazardous Waste

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

    Learn More

  • 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.


    Learn More



  • 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



ReUse Trail Treasure Hunt in October


Get Your Greenback Tompkins and 14 reuse stores have partnered to create the Treasure Hunt on the ReUse Trail! During October, treasure hunters can solve a puzzle and be entered to win prizes such as a $200 reuse store gift card. Learn more.



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.



Curbside Recycling Guidelines and Schedule


The 2017-18 Tompkins County Curbside Recycling Guidelines
brochure, including the schedule for bi-weekly collection, can
be downloaded here.


Food Scraps Drop Spot Open Saturdays in Danby


Anthony Bourdain in New Food Waste Documentary

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