Food Scraps Recycling

Food Scraps Recycling Drop Spots:

Users can bring up to 10 gallons of food scraps and paper napkins & towels per day, free of charge, to one of our Drop Spots:

  • 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
  • Cass Park Ice Skating Rink
    701 Taughannock Blvd., Ithaca
    Open every Thursday from 3pm – 5pm
  • 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
    and Wednesdays 4pm – 6pm at Farmers Market
  • 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

It’s Easy:

  1. Collect your food scraps in your kitchen caddy, lined with a compostable bag.
  2. Empty your kitchen caddy into a transportation container with a secure lid.
  3. Bring your transportation container to one of our Drop Spot locations to dispose of your food scraps.

NOTE: Caddies, bags and transportation containers are available free of charge from the Department or Recycling and Materials Management office or at any Drop Spot. For more information about the guidelines regarding the food scraps recycling kits, please click here.

All material collected is processed by Cayuga Compost and available for sale at a number of local retailers.

What’s Accepted:

  • Bread & Grains
  • Beans & Nuts
  • Eggs & Dairy
  • Fruits & Vegetables
  • Meat, Fish, & Bones
  • Paper Towels/Napkins

What’s NOT Accepted:

  • Diapers
  • Glass
  • Metal
  • Pet Waste
  • Plastic
  • Styrofoam®
  • Utensils
  • Yard Waste –Yard waste can be dropped off separately at the Public Drop-off of the RSWC.

 

Food Scrap Recycling In Tompkins County


What Happens to My Food Scraps?


 

 

 Drop off Procedure:

  • Stop and see the Drop Spot attendant, and follow instructions to the blue tote. Replacement compostable bags are available both at the Drop Spots and the Recycling and Materials Management office.
  • Gently place your food scraps in the tote. Be sure to close the lid.
  • Users may bring up to 10-gallons (two 5-gallon buckets) per day.
  • Alternate Container Ideas:
    • Compostable bags at the RSWC are sized to fit a 2.5-gallon kitchen caddy.
    • Reuse plastic coffee containers or other containers that are about 2.5-gallons in size for your kitchen caddy.
    • Reuse a clean kitty litter, food service, or home improvement bucket as your transportation container.
    • Using a kitchen caddy or transport container is not required.

Trouble with Odors?

  • Sprinkle baking soda on top of food scraps.
  • Keep your transportation containers outdoors and in the shade, especially during the summer.
  • Freeze meat and dairy until your next trip to any drop spot.

Food Scraps Recycling for Businesses:

There are options for Tompkins County businesses that generate more than 10 gallons of food scraps per day through the ReBusiness Partners Program.

More information:

For more tips and information on home composting, visit Cornell Cooperative Extension’s compost resources page.


Liquid Fats, Oils, and Grease (FOG):

Fats, oils, and grease are a valuable resource that can be turned into biodiesel and other products. They don’t belong in your drain where they can cause clogs and other problems that are expensive to fix. Residents of Tompkins County can collect the liquid fats, oils, and grease from their cooking and then deposit it at the FOG station at the Recycling and Solid Waste Center. FOG funnels are available for free at the Recycling and Materials Management Office.

Procedures for collecting liquid FOG:

  • Allow the liquid FOG to cool.
  • Pour into a reusable container such as an empty milk jug.
  • When convenient, deposit FOG at the RSWC.