Curbside Recycling

 

Tompkins County contracts for county-wide curbside recycling on an every other week basis. Click "Find Your Recycling Day" above to show your scheduled collection day.



Single Stream Recycling



For your convenience, you can place recyclable paper, glass, metal, and plastic containers in one bin.

Recycling is Easy:

  • Collect curbside recyclables in a recycling bin at home.
  • Place your recycling bin at the curb for your scheduled collection.
  • Bring your empty recycling bin back inside and continue to collect recyclables.

 

View Curbside Recycling Guidelines and Pick Up Schedule.

 

YES

  • Cardboard & Mixed Paper
  • Glass Containers
  • Metal Cans & Foil
  • #1, #2, #5 Plastic Containers
  • Paper Milk & Juice Cartons

NO

  • Plastic bags or film
  • Plastics #3, #4, #6, #7 or unmarked
  • Styrofoam®
  • Drinking glasses, Pyrex®, or coffee pots
  • Paper towels, cups, tissues, & napkins
  • Syringes
  • Containers from hazardous waste
  • Compostable disposables
  • Hangers
  • PVC pipe
  • Rigid plastics

Please note that additional materials, such as appliances with Freon®, batteries, electronics, fluorescent bulbs, household hazardous waste, rigid plastics, plastic bags, scrap metal, textiles, and tires can be recycled at the Recycling & Solid Waste Center, but are not accepted for curbside collection. Permits are required for some materials. Fees may apply. Click here for more information.


Curbside Set-Out:  

Recyclables may be placed at the curb for collection in a:

  • County curbside recycling bin. Bins are available for sale at the Tompkins County Department of Recycling and Materials Management office.

  OR

  • Container that is no larger than 50 gallons, weighs no more than 40 pounds when full, and is clearly marked with an "R". This container may have a lid. "R" decals are available at the TCRMM office, Wegmans, and all municipal offices.
  • Place recycling bins at the curb on your scheduled collection day with the "R" facing the road so the recycling collector can see it.

 

How to Prepare Recycling:

  • Empty all containers, and rinse containers of excess residue. 
  • Lids, labels, neck rings and caps on containers are OK. 
  • Flatten all cardboard boxes. Cardboard that does not fit in your recycling bin or container can be placed next to your recycling bin in stacks no larger than 4ft. X 4ft. X 4ft.
  • Do not use plastic bags to collect your recycling, or place recyclables in plastic bags. 
  • If your recyclables are picked up on the same day as your trash, place your bin at least 2 feet from the trash so the recycling collector can easily see your bin.
  • Staples in office paper or envelopes are OK.

Improperly prepared recyclables or unacceptable materials will be left in your bin with a note explaining why it was not collected.

[close (x) ]
Your Shopping Cart Contents
There are no products in your shopping cart.