ITHACA, N.Y. –– Halloween is officially over and Tompkins County department of Recycling and Materials Management is reminding residents that their pumpkins can have an afterlife –– as compost!

According to TCRMM, compositing is not only a great way to save on garbage disposal costs –– it can also keep your garbage can clean. In addition to your Jack-O’-Lantern, your compost can also include bread and grains, beans, nuts, eggs, dairy, fruits, vegetables, meat, fish, bones and paper towels/napkins.

There are 15 available compost drop of locations in Tompkins County where residents can bring their pumpkins and food scraps to drop off free of charge.

Locations include:

  • Recycling & Solid Waste Center 160 Commercial Ave., Ithaca Open Mon. through Sat. from 7a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Brooktondale Community Center 522 Valley Road. Open every Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Cayuga Compost 3225 Agard Road, Trumansburg Open 24-hours a day
  • Cayuga Heights Village Office 836 Hanshaw Road. Open every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension 615 Willow Ave., Ithaca Open every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Danby Town Hall 1830 Danby Road(Route 96B) Open every Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon
  • Dryden Town Highway Department 61 E. Main St. (Rt. 392) Open every Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon
  • East Hill Plaza Ithaca Pine Tree Road (Next to Rite Aid) Open every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Open May through October Wednesdays 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Groton Town Clerk’s Office 101 Conger Blvd. Open every Saturday 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • Hancock Street Corner of Fifth and Hancock Streets, Ithaca Open every Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Lansing Village Office 2405 N. Triphammer Road. Open every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Newfield Town Hall 166 Main St. Open every Thursday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Tompkins County Highway Department 170 Bostwick Road, Ithaca Open every Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon
  • Trumansburg Department of Public Works on Corey St. Open every Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon

To learn more about compositing in Tompkins County, check out the TCRMM website here, or visit any drop spot during their hours of operation.

Photo courtesy of Arlington Department of Environmental Services.

Anna Lamb

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