Household Hazardous Waste

Sign-up for the next Household

Hazardous Waste (HHW) drop-off event!

Learn More


Permits and Fees

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

Learn More


Curbside Recycling

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

Learn More


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…

Learn More


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

Learn More

Welcome to our website. We will continue adding information to better serve you. If you cannot find what you are looking for, contact us.



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 new 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).


Neighbors in Need Enjoyed 8,000 Pounds of Homegrown

Donated Produce this Summer


Backyard gardeners and other area growers donated more than 8,268 pounds of produce to neighbors in need via Friendship Donations Network's Neighborhood Food Hubs. Read more here.


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. 


Cayuga Compost Premium Compost On Sale


Cubic foot bags (about  45 lbs.) of locally produced Premium Compost can be purchased at the Solid Waste Division office, as well as other locations in Tompkins County. Find a complete list here.

Weaver Wind Energy 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.




Solid Waste Division Office Closed Columbus Day; RSWC Open and No Change in Curbside Recycling Collection




Public Space Recycling Bins Installed in Ithaca and Lansing