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ITHACA, NY – Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, the Environmental Protection Agency estimates that Americans toss out 25% more waste than normal. In Tompkins County, you can recycle more this holiday season by following these helpful tips:

  • Most municipalities have programs for recycling Christmas trees. Check with your city, town, or village for more information.
Recycling Chistmas trees. (Photo: Montgomery County Division of Solid Waste)
  • 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 donating excess food to local food pantries. A list is available from the Human Services Coalition of Tompkins County at or by dialing 211.
  • Use one of six convenient food scraps recycling drop spots in the County. For the location nearest you visit
  • Wrapping paper, gift bags, greeting cards and envelopes can be placed in your curbside recycling bin (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.

The Solid Waste Division wishes you and yours the happiest of holiday seasons, and thanks you for doing your part to reduce, reuse, recycle and rebuy.

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Michael Smith

Michael Smith reports on politics and local news for the Ithaca Voice. He can be reached via email at, by cell at (607) 229-0885, or via Google Voice at (518) 650-3639.