Permits and Fees


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:

  1. 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.
  2. Fill out and submit a Permit Application – mail, or bring to the Recycling and Materials Management office; AND
  3. 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

Type1st Vehicle Permit FeeAdditional Vehicle Permit Fee
Residential$20No 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.**

Hauler Licenses

Vehicle Sticker$25

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 Card5 punches – each punch is for one 35 lb. garbage bag/can; use for any vehicle.$12 (5 punches)
Disposal Coupons
Category 1
1 load of garbage – Sedan Vehicles: 2 and 4 door$10
Disposal Coupons
Category 2
1 load of garbage – Larger capacity vehicles: Wagon, SUV, & Mini Van$15
Trucks/Altered Load/Other/HaulerVehicle 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 $93/ 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

Recycling Fees

If a material has an associated fee, a permit is required.

ElectronicsTelevisions and Monitors$15 per item
ElectronicsOther electronicsNo Charge
Food Scraps – Commercial Loads3 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 CardIn bags or cans$12 (6 punches)
Yard Waste Coupon$8 per vehicle load (residential cars, pick-up trucks, and SUVs only)
Yard Waste – Commercial Loads $90 per ton ($15 minimum)


Earth Machine Compost Bin$40
Compost Bin – Base/Aerator$10
Food Scraps Transport Container6 gallon – $12
GEOBIN Compost System$30
Recycling Bin18 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.