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Since 2008, The Tompkins County ReBusiness Partners program has supported over 250 Tompkins County businesses and organizations with reducing waste and saving money through 4R (reduce, reuse, recycle, and rebuy) practices. The program has now been updated to meet the ever-evolving needs of businesses of all sizes and allow for remote consultations in light…(Read More)

The cover of the 2020 curbside recycling guidelines brochure

“Recycle Right” in Tompkins County The new 2020-2021 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 2020 through June 2021. The publication includes a recycling pick-up calendar through June 2021. There is…(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: New Curbside Recycling GuidelinesFood Waste Prevention TipsA Few Recycling RemindersUpcoming holidaysHousehold Hazardous Waste eventsAnd more… Click here to sign up to…(Read More)

(Ithaca, NY) – Did you know that you can now buy trash disposal punch cards and coupons, solid waste permits, and more without leaving your home? has a Shop Online feature that residents can use to: Purchase disposal punch cards and coupons,Purchase yard waste punch cards and coupons,Purchase solid waste permits and…(Read More)

Tompkins County Recycling and Materials Management (TCRMM) would like to ask residents to put cardboard in their recycling bin rather than stacking it to the side. This would allow recycling collectors to touch fewer surfaces while picking up recycling bins and dumping their contents into the recycling truck. Although COVID-19 is thought to spread…(Read More)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Residents: Please Limit Trips to the Recycling and Solid Waste Center (Ithaca, NY) – Tompkins County Recycling and Materials Management would like to remind residents during the COVID-19 pandemic that social distancing does not just mean maintaining a distance of 6’ from others, but also eliminating unnecessary trips from the home. Although…(Read More)

The Spring 2020 edition of the 4RTimes is now available. This issue covers the plastic bag ban, why you shouldn’t bag recyclables, new yard waste coupons, and more. The 4R Times Spring 2020 Newsletter is now available at this link (web version) and as a PDF…(Read More)

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)