Don’t Throw Pumpkins in the Trash…Recycle Them!

Now that Halloween is behind us, don’t forget to compost your Jack-o’-Lantern. Composting is easier than ever in Tompkins County! Residents can bring their pumpkins and food scraps to one of fifteen Food Scraps Recycling Drop Spots free of charge. Locations include:

  • Recycling & Solid Waste Center
    160 Commercial Ave., Ithaca
    Open Mon – Sat from 7am – 3:30pm
  • Brooktondale Community Center
    522 Valley Rd.
    Open every Tuesday from 4pm – 6pm
  • Cayuga Compost
    3225 Agard Rd., Trumansburg
    Open 24 hours a day
  • Cayuga Heights Village Office
    836 Hanshaw Rd.
    Open every Sunday from 11am – 3pm
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension
    615 Willow Ave., Ithaca
    Open every Sunday from 10am – 2pm
  • Danby Town Hall
    1830 Danby Rd. (Route 96B)
    Open every Saturday from 9AM-Noon
  • Dryden Town Highway Department
    61 E. Main St. (Rt. 392)
    Open every Saturday from 9am – Noon
  • East Hill Plaza – Ithaca
    Pine Tree Rd. (Next to Rite Aid)
    Open every Saturday from 11am – 2pm
    Open May-October Wednesdays 4pm-6pm
  • Groton Town Clerk’s Office
    101 Conger Boulevard
    Open every Saturday 9am-11am
  • Hancock Street
    Corner of Fifth and Hancock Streets, Ithaca
    Open every Wednesday from 4pm – 6pm
  • Lansing Village Office
    2405 N. Triphammer Rd.
    Open every Saturday from 10am – 1pm
  • Newfield Town Hall
    166 Main Street
    Open every Thursday from 4pm – 6pm
  • Tompkins County Highway Department
    170 Bostwick Rd, Ithaca
    Open every Saturday from 9am – Noon
  • Trumansburg Dept. of Public Works
    Corey Street
    Open every Saturday from 9am – Noon

Let your pumpkins rot the right way – in a compost pile! Food scraps recycling is a great way to save on disposal costs and keep your garbage can clean. Learn more at, or visit any drop spot during their hours of operation.


Tompkins Recycling and Materials Management

(607) 273-6632