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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)

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)

Tompkins County residents can bring Christmas trees and wreathes and other kinds of yard waste to the Recycling and Solid Waste Center (a solid waste permit and fees are required). Click below to see what options your municipality offers. https://recycletompkins.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Christmas-Tree-collection-2021.pdf…(Read More)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Clearing Up Holiday Recycling Confusion This year, lighten your holiday celebrations by reducing waste and recycling right! Check the Tompkins County Curbside Recycling Guidelines (twice!), and use the following tips as you prepare for the season’s festivities and clean-up afterwards.  Curbside recycling collection normally scheduled for Friday, December 25th…(Read More)

The Tompkins County Department of Recycling and Materials Management quarterly newsletter, the 4RTimes, is now available. This issue covers: 2021 Fee ChangesCurbside RejectionUnderstanding the Annual FeeHow batteries pose a recycling fire hazard,and more… Click here to view the newsletter in a mobile-friendly format, or view a print-friendly version at recycletompkins…(Read More)

With extreme winter weather conditions on the way, the Tompkins County Department of Recycling and Materials Management reminds residents there could be delays in curbside recycling collection. Updates on the status of curbside pick-up will be posted at www.recycletompkins.org. Because of the range of severity and duration in weather disruptions, it is…(Read More)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Don’t Let Your Bin Get Rejected!  (Ithaca, NY) – If you’re still not recycling correctly, now is the time to get your bin in order.  Starting November 1st, recycling bins and set-outs that do not follow the guidelines for Tompkins County will receive Rejection stickers and be left…(Read More)

The Tompkins County Department of Recycling and Materials Management is announcing fee changes that will take place beginning January 1st, 2021. The fee changes that will affect all residential households and users of the Recycling and Solid Waste Center are included below: Trash disposal punch cards, which are used to pay for the disposal of…(Read More)

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