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:
- 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, email, or return to Recycling and Materials Management; AND
- 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|
|Commercial – Businesses & Organizations||$40
|$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.**
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 TCSWMD click here.
Permits and Hauler Vehicle Stickers must be affixed to the driver’s side window of the vehicle to be valid -not the front windshield.
Permits and Hauler Vehicle Stickers are available for purchase at TCSWMD office only.
|Disposal Punch Card||5 punches – each punch good for up to one 35 lb. garbage bag/can or vehicle tire; use for any vehicle.||$12 (1 punch – $2.40)
|1 load of garbage – Sedan Vehicles: 2 and 4 door||$8
|1 load of garbage – Larger capacity vehicles: Wagon, SUV, & Mini Van||$14
|Trucks/Altered Load/Other/Hauler||Vehicle weighs in and out at the scales.||
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
|Fluorescent Light Bulbs and Tubes – Non-Residential||$1.15-$9.20/lb based on type|
|Tires (with or without rims)||$2 per tire (limit 10)|
|Tires (with or without rims)||$150 per ton (limit 25)|
|Yard Waste – in Bags and Cans||Free to Residents|
|Yard Waste – Larger Loads||$45 per ton|
|Earth Machine Compost Bin||$40|
|Compost Bin – Base/Aerator||$10|
|GEOBIN Compost System||$30|
|Recycling Bin||18 gallon – $8
22 gallon – $12
|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.