Trash Tags

All garbage set out for collection in Tompkins County must have a trash tag affixed to the bag or can.  One tag is required for every bag or can of garbage. Garbage not collected may be left with a note explaining why it was not collected. The resident may face a fine if uncollected waste is not removed. Click here to read the local trash tag law. 

To receive garbage collection service, Tompkins County residents and businesses must arrange garbage pickup with a Tompkins County licensed hauler.


The City of Ithaca and Village of Cayuga Heights offer a municipal collection service for residents which would make privately contracting with a hauler unnecessary. Residents should contact their local municipal offices for more information. 

Trash tags are available at various locations throughout Tompkins County as well as by mail from each licensed hauler. To find out more about garbage removal and where trash tags are available, see the list of licensed haulers in Tompkins County.

Please note: Trash placed in dumpsters do not require a trash tag.

For more disposal options in Tompkins County click here.

Remember to look for ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle items first before you throw them away in your garbage.

For more information about what is accepted for curbside recycling in Tompkins County and at the Recycling and Solid Waste Center click here.