New Recycling Guidelines Brochure Now Available

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 both at the curb and at the Recycling and Solid Waste Center (160 Commercial Avenue in Ithaca).

The publication also includes the popular recycling pick-up calendar through June 2020.

In light of changes in the recycling industry, plastic bottles and containers collected for recycling are now limited to #1, 2 and 5. Rigid plastics can only be accepted at the Recycling and Solid Waste Center (not curbside), as well as plastic bags and films. A specific list can be found at

County residents are reminded that single use plastic bags are NOT acceptable in curbside bins, and recyclables cannot be collected in plastic bags.

Copies of the 2019-20 Curbside Recycling Guidelines are available at the TCRMM office at 122 Commercial Avenue, as well as the RSWC public drop off. They will be distributed to all municipal offices, food scraps drop spots, and all major grocery stores throughout Tompkins County before the end of June.

Electronic copies are available at this link.

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