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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)

Nestled just off the beaten path on the West side of the historic State Theatre of Ithaca, The Watershed is a bar and gathering space serving Ithacans and visitors seven days a week. Aside from serving cocktails and appetizers, the Watershed recognizes the escalating dangers of climate change and aims to lessen the bar’s…(Read More)

The latest edition of the 4R Times, Tompkins County Recycling and Materials Management’s quarterly newsletter, is now available.    Learn about:   Recent changes in plastic recycling rules, An easy way to always remember your recycling day, What The Watershed is doing to be a minimal waste bar, Important household waste dates, community events, and…(Read More)

Finger Lakes ReUse is hosting weekly Volunteer Donations-Processing Parties.   They will take place most Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the winter at the Ithaca ReUse Center (214 Elmira Road) from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm.   Come have fun, meet great people, and help put materials back into active use!    ReUse staff and regular volunteers…(Read More)