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Holiday Recycling Reminders

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

The Tompkins County Solid Waste Division wishes you and yours a happy holiday season. Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, the EPA estimates that Americans toss out 25% more waste than normal.

In Tompkins County, be sure to recycle more this season by following these tips:

  • Most municipalities have programs for recycling Christmas trees. Check with your city, town, or village for more information. Christmas trees and wreaths can also be brought to the yard waste area of the Recycling and Solid Waste Center (160 Commercial Avenue in Ithaca) at no cost to residents. Please remove all decorations. 
  • Consider donation options for excess food items from holiday feasts and look to our food scraps recycling drop spots to help you recycle more than ever before. 
  • Wrapping paper, gift bags, and greeting cards and envelopes can be recycled in your curbside bin with the rest of your single stream materials (please remember, nothing metallic or foil-lined, and no tissue paper). 
  • Damaged LED holiday lights can be accepted with electronics at the Recycling and Solid Waste Center. Non-LED style light strands can be recycled, but must have the bulbs removed. In addition, some retail stores such as Lowe’s, ACE Hardware and Walmart may accept complete older style light strands. 
  • Styrofoam is not recyclable, but packing peanuts may be accepted at certain shipping companies for reuse.

For more information, contact:
Tompkins County Solid Waste Division

(607) 273-6632