County’s commitment to teamwork leads to Partner of the Year honor RUTLAND, VT – (February 16, 2021) Casella Waste Systems, Inc. is pleased to announce that Tompkins County, New York was recently honored for their leadership in sustainability at the inaugural Casella Sustainability Leadership Award Ceremony. Tompkins County was honored as the 2020 Partner of…(Read More)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Feb. 16th, 2021 Changes Coming to the Recycling and Solid Waste Center Starting March 1st, 2021, the Tompkins County Recycling and Solid Waste Center will be operated under a new contract with Casella Recycling. Changes under the new contract include: Plastic Bags and Films will no longer be accepted for recycling. Clean…(Read More)

For Immediate Release: February 11th, 2021 Recycling collection has been made difficult in recent days due to the buildup of snow on roads and sidewalks in the more densely-settled areas of Tompkins County. Residents are reminded that they have a role to play in keeping their recycling bins accessible for collectors. Please remember to…(Read More)

For Immediate Release: February 5th, 2021 Old Disposal Punch Cards Will Be Accepted Through April Since January 1st, 2021 disposal punch cards used at the Recycling and Solid Waste Center cost $15 and have a blue background. Orange punch cards left over from previous years can still be used for a limited time. The last…(Read More)

The following letter to the editor was issued on February 2nd, 2021. Recycling is our state’s greatest team effort. Millions of New York residents, including here in Tompkins County, set out approximately three billion pounds of newspapers, magazines, cardboard boxes, plastic bottles, and metal cans for curbside pick-up and…(Read More)

Unacceptable recycling set outs will be rejected. For Immediate Release: January 25th, 2021 In recent weeks, recycling collectors have noticed an uptick in curbside recycling contamination, with Styrofoam, plastic bags, and paper towels and tissues identified as the most common culprits. These items are NOT accepted in the curbside recycling stream and bins containing them…(Read More)

The Tompkins County Department of Recycling and Materials Management will be closed on Monday, January 18th, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The Recycling and Solid Waste Center will be open its regular hours, 7:00am to 3:30pm, and there will be no change in curbside recycling collection. Recycling pick up will…(Read More)

As of January 1st, 2021, trash disposal punch cards used at the Recycling and Solid Waste Center cost $15 and have a blue background. If you have any orange punch cards leftover from previous years, there’s still time to keep them from going to waste. Unused punch cards, meaning punch cards with all 5…(Read More)

Take the NYS DEC 30 Day Wasted Food Challenge We look at January 1st as a new chapter, a time to start fresh. However, if you find the idea of drafting up a new list of New Year’s resolutions a bit too abstract, our 30-day wasted food challenge might be a fit, focusing…(Read More)

(Ithaca, NY) – In case you missed it, the Tompkins County Department of Recycling and Materials Management announced earlier this month that the following fee changes that will take effect beginning January 1st, 2021. Trash disposal punch cards, which are used to pay for the disposal of 5 bags or cans of trash, will now…(Read More)

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