Changes Coming to the Recycling and Solid Waste Center

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Feb. 16th, 2021

Changes Coming to the Recycling and Solid Waste Center

Starting March 1st, 2021, the Tompkins County Recycling and Solid Waste Center will be operated under a new contract with Casella Recycling. Changes under the new contract include:

  • Plastic Bags and Films will no longer be accepted for recycling. Clean and dry plastic bags and films can be brought to retail store take back locations for recycling. New York State law requires retail stores to accept a list of clean and dry plastic bags and films for recycling.
  • Fluorescent Light Bulbs and Tubes from residents will now only be accepted during Household Hazardous Waste drop off events. Permits and appointments are required to attend Household Hazardous Waste drop off events. Fluorescent light bulbs and tubes can also be recycled through store take back programs.

The changes listed above are opportunities to reduce costs of operations while still providing needed services by streamlining operations and directing residents to available alternatives. Tompkins County continues to be a forward-thinking community in regards to sustainable waste management.

For more information:

Tompkins County Recycling & Materials Management

(607) 273-6632

www.recycletompkins.org

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