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The Tompkins County Department of Recycling and Materials Management seeks to hire two Outreach Assistants to help promote recycling programs at community events in Tompkins County.  These are part-time positions starting in April and continuing through November. The position involves working as part of a team to enthusiastically promote participation in recycling and composting…(Read More)

The Tompkins County Department of Recycling and Materials Management reminds residents there could be delays in curbside recycling collection as a result of winter weather. Updates on the status of curbside pick-up will be posted at Because of the range of severity and duration in weather disruptions, it is not possible…(Read More)

The Tompkins County Legislature passed a resolution urging the New York State Legislature to increase recycling and reduce municipal waste management costs by expanding New York’s Returnable Container Act (also known as the Bottle Bill) to include wine, liquor, and other glass beverage containers. Director of Recycling and Materials Management Barbara Eckstrom noted the…(Read More)

The Tompkins County Department of Recycling and Materials Management quarterly newsletter, the 4R Times, is now available. Highlights include: Plastics recycling changes, The newly completed Food Scraps Transfer Building, Confidential Document Shred Day with Challenge Workforce Solutions, Upcoming fee changes, And more.. Click here to view the Newsletter…(Read More)

Effective January 1st, 2019 the tipping fee at the county’s Recycling and Solid Waste Center is $90 per ton, up from $85/ton. There are also changes in the three flat rate tiers for licensed solid waste permit holders. Disposal coupons for vehicle loads of trash saw a small increase in cost. Category 1…(Read More)

Recent trends in recycling markets have resulted in changes to what can be collected for recycling in Tompkins County. A new video, created by Thomas Hoebbel Photography and Video shows residents how to Clean the Stream and Recycle Right at the curb and at the Recycling and Solid Waste Center. Click here to view the…(Read More)

M&T Bank Triphammer recently contacted Tompkins County Recycling and Materials Management about optimizing its practices in regards to the 4R’s–reduce, reuse, recycle, and rebuy. Staff worked with the business to conduct a waste assessment and provide recommendations for improvement. Join the hundreds of other businesses in Tompkins County that have taken…(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)