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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FLEFF Filmgoers Learn Truth Behind Food Waste


Did you know that nearly 40% of all food produced in North America is never eaten? Or that 97% of food waste in the US ends up in the landfill or incinerated? These were just two of the shocking revelations in the film documentary Just Eat It, shown as part of this year's Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival, or FLEFF. Read more here.


Compost Fair and 4H Duck Race this Sunday!


Come join the Master Composters of Tompkins County from Noon-4pm on Sunday, April 26th at Cornell Cooperative Extension on Willow Avenue in Ithaca for a day of fun, learning and rubber ducks! There will be activities and information for adults and kids of all ages. Learn more.

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.




Tompkins Trust Company's Annual Shred Day is April 25th





Tompkins County Recycling Efforts Praised in State Audit