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Composting food-scraps

I am happy to share some information of an upcoming pilot curbside food scrap recycling program that will be initiated in the city-portion of West Hill, and will be expanded into the town-areas of West Hill in approximately mid-2014.

On Monday, October 28, 6:00-7:00 pm, and Saturday, November 2, 10:30-11:30 am, Tompkins County Solid Waste (TCSW) will be hosting informational and celebratory gatherings at LACS Theatre to launch this new community program that will assist residents with convenient collection of compostable food scraps. 

Residents in the target area who live in housing of 5-units or less will receive information, crubside collection containers, kitchen caddies, certified compostable bags and weekly collection service (on the same day as recycling pickup) free of charge beginning on November 15th, 2013.  This initial pilot program begins with approximately 400 residential properties, and will expand over the broader West Hill area over the next 2 years.  For traffic safety reasons the initial pilot area will NOT include residences on Floral Ave, Cliff Street, or Hector Street below Taylor Street and Westmount Drive.

The TCSW is looking for volunteers who will help educate and support our neighbors of the benefits of food scrap recycling.  If you or someone you know is interested in being a “Food Scrap Recycling Friend” please call 273-6632.

Please join us on October 28 and November 2!

Cynthia Brock

First Ward Alderperson, City of Ithaca

— Tompkins County Press Release —

Bid Awarded for Pilot Curbside Residential Food Scrap Collection Program

The Legislature awarded Casella Waste Systems, Inc., of Newfield, the contract for a pilot curbside food scrap recycling program. .. Casella was awarded the contract based on its submitted bid of $161,505 to provide the curbside service from November 15 of this year to December 31, 2015. The pilot curbside collection service is an integral part of the County residential food scrap recycling program, a key element of meeting the County’s goal of diverting 75% of the solid waste stream.

The initial pilot program will focus on about 400 residential properties located on West Hill in the City of Ithaca, then be expanded to other areas over the next two years. Tompkins County Solid Waste currently offers a free drop-off location for food scraps collection at the Public Drop-Off area of the Recycling and Solid Waste Center, and more drop-off sites are planned to be added at other county locations next year. Kitchen caddies and certified compostable bags are available free of charge at the Tompkins County Solid Waste office, and will be provided to pilot residences in November.

2 comments to Composting food-scraps

  • Carol Kammen

    I love the composting program but need more green bags. How do I get them.
    Thanks for doing this


  • Andrejs

    Carol, I have no specific info, but below is the original announcement regarding the program. There may be another way, but going to the Solid Waste office will get you the needed supplies, I think.

    “Stop by the Solid Waste Division office to pick-up your free introduction toolkit, complete with a kitchen caddy, compostable bags, and information about how to get started. . . . For more information, go to recycletompkins.org or getyourgreenback.org.”

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