Household Hazardous Waste

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Hazardous Waste (HHW) drop-off event!

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Permits and Fees

Residents and businesses must purchase permits to dispose of garbage and certain recyclables at the Recycling and Solid Waste Center (RSWC).

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Curbside Recycling

Get the Guidelines for every other week curbside recycling collection provided to residents of Tompkins County

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Recycling and Solid Waste Center

Many additional items can be dropped off at the RSWC - Batteries, Clothing, Electronics, Fluorescents, Food Scraps, Propane Tanks, Yard Waste and more…

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Food Scraps Recycling

Residents can bring food scraps and compostable disposable items, free of charge, to the Public Drop-off at the Recycling and Solid Waste Center

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Holiday Closing and Curbside Recycling Schedule


Both the Tompkins County Solid Waste Division Office and the Recycling and Solid Waste Center will be closed on Monday, May 30th in observance of Memorial Day. There will be no curbside recycling collection on Monday, May 30th. Recycling pick up will take place a day later for the remainder of the holiday week. That means if your regularly scheduled collection day is Monday, recycling will be picked up on Tuesday; regular Tuesday collection will be Wednesday, etc.


Congratulations to Our Newest ReBusiness Partners

We'd like to welcome Hilton Garden Inn Ithaca , Ithaca Children's Garden, and Rosie (the fastest and most convenient way to shop for groceries) to the roster of ReBusiness Partners, and thank them for their commitment to the 4Rs - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Rebuy. Call our team today for your free Waste Assessment and learn how your business can save money, conserve energy, and divert resources from the landfill.


Changes to Food Scraps Recycling Program Now in Effect

The County Solid Waste Division and Cayuga Compost have implemented changes to the food scraps recycling program, narrowing the list of acceptable items. Only food items and paper napkins and paper towels are now accepted, along with compostable bin liners, to ensure a high-quality finished compost product. 


**To assist businesses in explaining the new guidelines to customers, we have developed signs for sorting stations for recycling, food scraps, and trash. Read here how the Dish Truck concept is taking hold at one local business. Additional assistance is available through our ReBusiness Partners program.**



Prevent Food Waste and Save $1600 a Year!


Did you know the average American household throws away more than a quarter of all food purchases? Watch our video, featuring celebrity chef Emma Frischfor helpful tips on reducing food waste in your home. The video was made possible with a grant from New York State Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP2I).


Download the "Recycle Tompkins" App Today


Need to know the schedule for curbside recycling pick up on your street? Download our app onto your iPhone or Android device. 

Online Reuse Directory Highlights Secondhand Shopping


Check out Get Your Greenback Tompkins' Reuse Store directory! 

Secondhand shopping provides quality goods at reasonable prices, with most of your money staying in the local economy.





Volunteer with CRT Crew at 2016 Ithaca Festival




Special Notice Regarding New Recycling Guidelines