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On Thursday, November 22nd and Friday, November 23rd, the Tompkins County Department of Recycling and Materials Management will be closed in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. The office will re-open on Monday, November 26th. The Recycling and Solid Waste Center will be closed on Thursday, November 22nd for Thanksgiving Day but will be open…(Read More)

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County will discontinue its annual “leaf swap” this year due to the presence of the invasive Jumping Earthworm in our area, which CCE staff believes can be further spread by the sharing of leaves between infected and non-infected properties.  While the jumping worms themselves may not be present in…(Read More)

The Tompkins County Department of Recycling and Materials Management is seeking back-up drop spot attendants for its Food Scraps Recycling Program. This position staffs drop spots on an as-scheduled basis, by filling in at various sites when coverage is required. The attendant provides customer service, offers outreach materials and information regarding the drop…(Read More)

DEC Announces Two New Certified Climate Smart Communities Tompkins County Earns Silver Certification and Town of Ulysses Achieves Bronze Certification for Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Energy Use This article was reposted from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation website. View the original article here. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC…(Read More)

Nestled just off the beaten path on the West side of the historic State Theatre of Ithaca, The Watershed is a bar and gathering space serving Ithacans and visitors seven days a week. Aside from serving cocktails and appetizers, the Watershed recognizes the escalating dangers of climate change and aims to lessen the bar’s…(Read More)

The latest edition of the 4R Times, Tompkins County Recycling and Materials Management’s quarterly newsletter, is now available.    Learn about:   Recent changes in plastic recycling rules, An easy way to always remember your recycling day, What The Watershed is doing to be a minimal waste bar, Important household waste dates, community events, and…(Read More)

Finger Lakes ReUse is hosting weekly Volunteer Donations-Processing Parties.   They will take place most Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the winter at the Ithaca ReUse Center (214 Elmira Road) from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm.   Come have fun, meet great people, and help put materials back into active use!    ReUse staff and regular volunteers…(Read More)

Don’t Miss Your Recycling Day Again!, the website of the Tompkins County Department of Recycling and Materials Management, has been updated with a fresh look and new tools designed to make finding information about recycling easy and convenient. Visitors to the website will appreciate the new “Find My Recycling Day” tool on…(Read More)

There has been a great deal of attention in the national media of late on changes in recycling markets, and how those changes impact the collection and processing of recyclable materials. We would like to offer a brief explanation and outline the changes taking place locally. Recycling markets are volatile by nature and this has…(Read More)

The Tompkins County Legislature 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 the…(Read More)