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This summer, gardeners and CSA members will have a convenient way to donate their extra vegetables, fruit and eggs by dropping them off at one of 13 convenient Neighborhood Food Hubs located throughout Tompkins County. Friendship Donations Network’s Neighborhood Food Hubs make donating garden produce easy. Simply drop off your extra vegetables, fruit or…(Read More)

The Tompkins County Legislature recently awarded Elmira Structures, Inc. the contract to construct a food scraps transfer building at the Recycling and Solid Waste Center (RSWC) in Ithaca. The County’s Department of Recycling and Materials Management was awarded a $355,000 New York Department of Environmental Conservation Climate Smart Communities grant to help fund…(Read More)

The latest issue of the 4R Times, Tompkins County Recycling and Materials Management’s quarterly newsletter, is now available. Read the latest news about recycling and waste reduction in your community including: New curbside recycling guidelines and a revamped Food Scraps Recycling Drop Spots opening at the East Hill Plaza farmers market and…(Read More)

A new Food Scraps Recycling Drop Spot opened on June 28th in partnership with the Town of Newfield. The drop spot will be located at the Town Hall at 166 Main Street, and will be open every Thursday from 4pm to 6pm. Click here to read the full press release for more details…(Read More)

Join us in welcoming Forty Weight Coffee Roasters and The Ithaca Voice as our newest ReBusiness Partners. Founded in 2010, Forty Weight Coffee Roasters produces a wide variety of high quality coffees from their roastery and coffee lab in Ithaca in addition to operating a mobile pop-up coffee shop. The Ithaca Voice, an online…(Read More)

The new 2018-2019 Curbside Recycling Guidelines brochure is now available, covering the 12-month period from July 2018 through June 2019. Inside, there is valuable information about single stream curbside recycling collection, including a list of items that can be recycled both at the curb and at the Recycling and Solid Waste Center at…(Read More)

The East Hill Food Scraps Recycling Drop Spot is now open during the East Hill Plaza Ithaca Farmers Market on Wednesdays from 4pm to 6pm in addition to its usual hours of 11am to 2 pm on Saturdays. The drop spot and market take place at 380 Pine Tree Road in Ithaca, next to Rite…(Read More)

Rather than being poured down the kitchen sink where it can cause buildups and blockages, Fats, Oils, and Grease (FOG) from cooking is best collected separately and recycled into biodiesel. The FOG station has re-opened at the Recycling and Solid Waste Center after being closed for the winter. FOG can be collected in any…(Read More)

The Department of Recycling and Materials Management is seeking back-up drop spot attendants for its food scraps recycling program. The position staffs drop spots on an as-scheduled basis, when coverage is needed. The attendant provides customer service, outreach materials and information, and monitors traffic flow and safety. Interested? Contact Nancy Webster at nwebster…(Read More)

By unanimous vote, the County Legislature went on record in support of legislation proposed by Governor Cuomo to require large-scale generators of food waste to donate and recycle excess food, in line with the federal Good Samaritan Food Donation Act. The resolution notes that the proposed legislation is consistent with County values and practices…(Read More)