ITHACA, N.Y. — Ithaca residents will have a new spot to drop off food scraps beginning Aug. 9.

The Tompkins County Department of Recycling and Materials Management has announced a new drop spot will operate from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays in the parking lot of Ithaca Coffee Company’s roasting facility at the corner of Fifth and Hancock Streets on Ithaca’s Northside.

Dropping off scraps is free and the program accepts all types of scraps, including meat, bones and dairy products, as well as paper towels and napkins.

“The Drop Spot program continues to grow in popularity,” Nancy Webster, a Waste Reduction and Recycling Specialist for the county, said in a news release. “The Sunday drop spot at Cornell Cooperative Extension is one of our busiest, so we’re happy to offer an additional, midweek site for the Northside and Fall Creek neighborhoods.”

The new drop spot makes 12 total in Tompkins County, and another drop spot is set to open in Danby in the fall.

“The goal is to make food scraps recycling accessible to more county residents, while offering a service that is clean, comfortable and convenient,” TCRMM Director Barbara Eckstrom said in a news release.

For more information, including a complete list of drop spot locations and hours of operation, visit

Kelsey O'Connor

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