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On Thursday, November 26th and Friday, November 27th, 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 30th. The Recycling and Solid Waste Center will be closed on Thursday, November 26th for Thanksgiving Day but will be open…(Read More)

November 15 is America Recycles Day (ARD), a nationally recognized day dedicated to bringing awareness to and energizing recycling across the United States. During this celebration, we are encouraged to recognize the importance and impact of recycling and to take steps towards solutions that help to address the challenges of recycling today and protect…(Read More)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, November 12th, 2020 Fire at Recycling Center Likely Caused By Batteries in Recycling (Ithaca, NY) – On Monday afternoon, a load of recyclables from the residential drop off area began smoking inside the tip floor area of the Recycling and Solid Waste Center. Casella employees at the facility quickly responded with…(Read More)

Now that Halloween is behind us, don’t forget to compost your Jack-o’-Lantern. Composting is easier than ever in Tompkins County! Residents can bring their pumpkins and food scraps to one of fifteen Food Scraps Recycling Drop Spots free of charge. Locations include: Recycling & Solid Waste Center160 Commercial Ave., IthacaOpen Mon – Sat…(Read More)

The Tompkins County Department of Recycling and Materials Management would like to remind residents that their recycling bins will be rejected if they include wrong materials starting November 2nd. This measure will ensure that Tompkins County continues to produce clean, high quality recyclables with low contamination. Making sure that your recycling gets collected is easy…(Read More)

Plastic Bag Ban Will Be Enforced by NYS DEC (Ithaca, NY) – The New York State Bag Waste Reduction Law officially went into effect on March 1st, 2020, but enforcement was delayed due to an industry lawsuit. Ultimately, the law was upheld by the New York State Supreme Court, and the New York State Department…(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 following information comes from the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County Master Composters program: Advanced Composting Class Series(3) Thursdays, October 8, 15 & 22, 5:30-7:00pm Go beyond compost basics and “dig deeper” into the art and science of composting in this three-class series: (10/8) Class 1 – types of…(Read More)

The Tompkins County Department of Recycling and Materials Management quarterly newsletter, the 4R Times, is now available at and in a mobile-friendly format.Highlights of this issue include: ReBusiness Gets a RebootTake the Recycling and Solid Waste Center SurveyGet Your Punch Cards in the MailAnd more… Click here to sign up to…(Read More)