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Plastic Bag Ban and Paper Bag Fee Beginning March 1st, plastic carryout bags will be banned in New York State. A local law in Tompkins County will also require businesses to charge a $.05 fee for all paper carryout bags so as to encourage the use of reusable bags. Please refer to the following graphics…(Read More)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tompkins Recycling Announces New Yard Waste Coupon (Ithaca, NY) –Tompkins County Recycling and Materials Management has received feedback from residents that there should be more payment options for yard waste recycling. The Department has listened, and is now adding a Yard Waste Coupon that will allow users of the facility to pay…(Read More)

Tompkins County Recycling and Materials Management now charges a fee for all televisions and monitors brought to the Recycling and Solid Waste Center. These fees were made necessary because funds formerly received through state grants for electronics recycling have been discontinued. While other electronic items can generally be recycled without cost due to their value…(Read More)

Tompkins County Recycling and Materials Management would like to clarify when users must have a residential solid waste permit for the Recycling and Solid Waste Center. Follow this simple rule: If you are dropping off a material that has an associated fee, you must have a permit. Materials that have an associated fee, and therefore…(Read More)

As of January 1st, users of the Recycling and Solid Waste Center are required to pay to drop off yard waste, and a solid waste permit is required. Users can pay by weight, or with a yard waste punch card. However, many Tompkins County municipalities offer curbside pickup or drop off options for their residents…(Read More)

Tompkins County Recycling and Materials Management’s quarterly newsletter, the 4R Times, is now available. This issue covers fee changes that take effect January 1st, recycling contamination stickers, the new County-wide paper bag fee, holiday closings, and more. Click here for the web version (mobile-friendly) View the newsletter as a PDFJoin our newsletter…(Read More)

Beginning January 1st, Tompkins County Recycling and Materials Management will implement a new fee structure for the recycling and disposal of certain materials. The fee changes will impact both commercial and residential users of the Recycling and Solid Waste Center. “Fee increases have been necessitated by an increase in the overall cost of disposal and…(Read More)

(Ithaca, NY) – On November 19th, the Tompkins County Legislature passed a local law that will impose a $.05 fee on paper carryout bags beginning March 1st, 2020. The local law will act in conjunction with New York State’s Bag Waste Reduction Act, which bans the distribution of certain types of single-use plastic bags…(Read More)

(Ithaca, NY) – For a second year, the Tompkins County Department of Recycling and Materials Management partnered with Challenge Workforce Solutions to offer a free Confidential Document Shred Day for all Tompkins County residents. The event took place Saturday, November 16th from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM in the parking lot of the Recycling…(Read More)