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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Changes Forthcoming in Food Scraps Recycling Program

The Tompkins County Solid Waste Division and Trumansburg-based Cayuga Compost will be implementing changes to the food scraps recycling program, narrowing the list of acceptable items effective April 1st, 2016. Only food items and paper napkins and paper towels will be accepted, along with compostable bin liners. Read more here.



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, starring 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. 



Check out our new video on Curbside Recycling in Tompkins County!


Congratulations...The CommonSpot on the Ithaca Commons is an official ReBusiness Partner!


Call our team today to schedule your free Waste Assessment and learn how implementing the 4R's: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rebuy into your business practices can save money, conserve energy and divert resources from the landfill.


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.




New East Hill Food Scraps Drop Spot Opens Feb. 20th



Food Waste Prevention Training Manual Now Available