“Hey… R you gonna recycle that?”
November 15th is America Recycles Day (ARD), the only nationally-recognized day dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling and waste reduction in the U.S. Residents in Tompkins County are recycling more than ever before, as the County moves toward a goal of 75% waste diversion by 2016.
The Solid Waste Division is encouraging residents to learn more about its Food Scraps Recycling Program by visiting one of the new drop spot locations November 15th and 16th. Food Scraps Recycling allows residents to further reduce waste and save money on disposal costs. Staff will be on hand to answer questions and promote food waste prevention, while providing samples of finished compost from Cayuga Compost in Trumansburg.
Additionally, in support of the first statewide textile recycling campaign, clothing donations will be collected at each of the drop spots. Residents can also bring unwanted items such as shoes, belts, purses, blankets, towels, sheets and pillowcases, and drapes. All material should be placed in clear plastic bags. The drop spot locations and hours are:
Recycling & Solid Waste Center
160 Commercial Avenue, Ithaca
November 15th from 7:00am – 3:30pm
Dryden Town Highway Department
61 E. Main Street (Rt. 392)
November 15th from 9am - Noon
Lansing Village Office
2405 N. Triphammer Road
November 15th from 10am - 1pm
Cornell Cooperative Extension
615 Willow Avenue, Ithaca
November 16th from 10am - 2pm
November 15th also happens to be the final Household Hazardous Waste Drop Off Event of the year at the Recycling and Solid Waste Center. Pesticides, oil-based paints, automotive fluids, and household cleaners are accepted. A solid waste permit is required, and you must pre-register online at www.recycletompkins.org.
For more information on America Recycles Day in Tompkins County, visit www.recycletompkins.orgor call the Solid Waste Division office at (607)273-6632.