Permits may be purchased only by Tompkins County residents and businesses to dispose of all garbage and certain recyclables at the Tompkins County Recycling and Solid Waste Center (RSWC).
Permits can be obtained at the Tompkins County Department of Recycling and Materials Management office or through the mail.
Items Needed to Obtain a Permit Sticker:
- A current vehicle registration. If the vehicle is registered outside of the County, then proof of Tompkins County residency (electric bill, etc.) is also required.
- Fill out and submit a Permit Application – mail, or bring to the Recycling and Materials Management office; AND
- Payment for Permit – by cash, check (made out to Tompkins County), credit account (commercial only), or accepted credit cards
Permit stickers must be placed on the vehicle’s driver side window.
Permit Types & Cost
|Type||1st Vehicle Permit Fee||Additional Vehicle Permit Fee|
|Residential||$20||No charge for a second vehicle permit|
|Commercial – Businesses & Organizations||$40||$20, if purchased in same year|
NOTE: All permit stickers are valid for 3 years. Permits may be revoked for non-payment of fees or failure to abide by the regulations governing disposal at the RSWC.
**If your permit has not expired and you change vehicles, you can acquire a replacement permit free of charge at the Recycling and Materials Management office.**
NOTE: All Hauler Licenses are valid for one year. Licenses may be revoked for non-payment of fees or failure to abide by the regulations governing disposal at the RSWC.
To download, print, and fill out a Hauler’s License Application and mail, email, or drop-off to TCRMM.
Permits and Hauler Vehicle Stickers must be affixed to the driver’s side window of the vehicle to be valid -not the front windshield.
Hauler Vehicle Stickers are available for purchase at TCRMM office only.
Trash Disposal Options
|Disposal Punch Card||5 punches – each punch is for one 35 lb. garbage bag/can; use for any vehicle.||$12 (5 punches)|
|1 load of garbage – Sedan Vehicles: 2 and 4 door||$10|
|1 load of garbage – Larger capacity vehicles: Wagon, SUV, & Mini Van||$15|
|Trucks/Altered Load/Other/Hauler||Vehicle weighs in and out at the scales.|| 3 Tier Flat Fees|
• 0-333 lbs. $15
• 334-666 lbs. $30
• 667-999 lbs. $45
• 1,000 lbs. or greater $90/ ton
NOTE: Tompkins County is not responsible for loss of Disposal Punch Cards and Coupons. Prices are subject to change without notice. No refunds.
Disposal Punch Cards and Coupons can be purchased at:
- Recycling and Materials Management office
- Ithaca Wegmans – customer service desk
If a material has an associated fee, a permit is required.
|Electronics||Televisions and Monitors||$15 per item|
|Electronics||Other electronics||No Charge|
|Food Scraps – Commercial Loads||3 Tiers|
• 0-499 lbs. flat fee $5
• 500-1000 lbs. flat fee $10
• 1,000 lbs. or greater $20/ton
|Freon® Units||$20 per unit|
|Fluorescent Light Bulbs and Tubes – Non-Residential||$1.15-$9.20/lb based on type|
|Tires (with or without rims)||$3 per tire (limit 10)|
|Tires (with or without rims)||$285 per ton (limit 25)|
|Yard Waste Punch Card||In bags or cans||$12 (6 punches)|
|Yard Waste – Commercial Loads||$90 per ton ($15 minimum)|
|Earth Machine Compost Bin||$40|
|Compost Bin – Base/Aerator||$10|
|Food Scraps Transport Container||6 gallon – $12|
|GEOBIN Compost System||$30|
|Recycling Bin||18 gallon – $10|
24 gallon – $14
|Illegal Dumping – Civil Penalty||$50 minimum|
|Returned Check||$20 per check|
|Uncovered Load||$10 – 1st Offense|
$20 – 2nd Offense
$40 – 3rd & Additional Offenses
NOTE: All fees are subject to change.