Garbage

Tompkins County residents and businesses have a variety of options to dispose of their trash; but before throwing it away, check to see if it can be recycled.


Click links below to learn more.



Hire a Hauler

Tompkins County businesses and residents have the option to hire a licensed hauler to remove recyclables and garbage from their property.


Trash Tags

All garbage set out for collection in Tompkins County must have a trash tag affixed to the bag or can.

Public Drop-off at the Recyling and Solid Waste Centergarbage

The Recycling and Solid Waste Center (RSWC) only accepts waste from Tompkins County residents, businesses, and licensed haulers who have a valid Tompkins County Solid Waste Management Division (TCSWMD) Permit or Hauler's License.


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


Permits and Fees

Permits may be purchased only by Tompkins County residents and businesses to dispose of all garbage and certain recyclables at the Tompkins County Recycling and Solid Waste Center (RSWC).


Household Hazardous Waste 

The Tompkins County Solid Waste Management Division (TCSWMD) offers a permanent location to accept HHW from Tompkins County residents and qualified businesses and organizations that are Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generators (CESQG). Material is accepted at the Recycling and Solid Waste Center's D.E.P.O.T.