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, online or through the mail.

Items Needed to Obtain a Permit:

  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 return to Recycling and Materials Management; AND
  3. Payment for Permit – by cash, check (Made out to Tompkins County), credit account (Commercial only), or accepted credit cards

* Permits must be placed on the vehicle’s driver side window

Permit Types & Cost

Type 1st Vehicle Permit Fee Additional Vehicle Permit Fee
Residential $20
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No Charge
Commercial – Businesses & Organizations $40
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$20, if purchased in same year

NOTE: All Permits 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 or online.**

Hauler’s License

Type Fee
Application $100
Vehicle Sticker $25

 NOTE: All Hauler’s 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.

Disposal Options

Type Description Fee
Disposal Punch Card 5 punches – each punch good for up to one 35 lb. garbage bag/can; use for any vehicle. $12 (1 punch – $2.40)
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Disposal Coupons
Category 1
1 load of garbage – Sedan Vehicles: 2 and 4 door $10
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Disposal Coupons
Category 2
1 load of garbage – Larger capacity vehicles: Wagon, SUV, & Mini Van $15
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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 are available for purchase at:

  • Recycling and Materials Management office or Online
  • Ithaca Wegmans – customer service desk

Additional Materials for Disposal

Material Fee
Freon® Units * $20
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) * $225 per ton (limit 25)
Yard Waste – in Bags and Cans Free to Residents
Yard Waste – Larger Loads * $45 per ton

*Permit required


Type Fee
Earth Machine Compost Bin $40
Compost Bin – Base/Aerator $10
GEOBIN Compost System $30
Recycling Bin 18 gallon – $10
24 gallon – $14
Tarp $5


Type Fee
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.