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The Tompkins County Department of Recycling and Materials Management recently installed a second public space recycling station in the Village of Trumansburg, as part of a plan to expand the program in 2019. There are now 11 public space bins at nine different locations in Tompkins County. Staff from the village Department of Public Works…(Read More)

The new 2019-2020 Tompkins County Curbside Recycling Guidelines brochure is now available. The brochure is produced by the Department of Recycling and Materials Management, and covers the 12-month period from July 2019 through June 2020. Inside, there is valuable information about curbside recycling collection, including a list of items that can be recycled…(Read More)

In April, New York State passed The Food Donation and Food Scrap Recycling Act, which addresses preventing food waste, rescuing surplus wholesome food for those in need, and recycling any remaining food scraps. Read more about the bill from the Natural Resource Defense Council…(Read More)

The Department of Recycling and Materials Management recently installed its ninth public space recycling station on Hancock Street in the city of Ithaca. Located adjacent to a TCAT bus shelter, the specially designed bin features receptacles for both single-stream recyclable items and trash. The unit is NOT to be used for household recycling and…(Read More)

Tompkins County Recycling and Materials Management’s Spring 2019 Newsletter is now available. Highlights include: 2019 Household Hazardous Waste Collection Dates Public Space Recycling Expands ReBusiness Revisits the Dryden Cafe And more… A digital version of the newsletter is available at this link: Or, visit the newsletter page of our website…(Read More)

It’s time to get more flavor and less waste out of meal prepping. Whether you’re a prepping pro or just starting out, here are the tools you need to make a shopping list, portion your meals, and maximize what’s in your fridge. The Meal Prep Mate offers tools for experts and pre…(Read More)

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)