ITHACA, N.Y. –– On the heels of its $10 increase to recycling pick-up, the Tompkins County Department of Recycling and Materials Management (TCRMM) announced fee changes for drop-off prices of trash on Tuesday.

The fee changes, which will take place beginning Jan. 1, will affect the following services:

  • Trash disposal punch cards, which are used to pay for the disposal of 5 bags or cans of trash, will now cost $15.
  • Disposal fees for residents and haulers will increase to $96 per ton. The flat tier rates will remain unchanged at $15 for 0 to 333 lbs., $30 for 334 to 666 lbs., and $45 for 667 to 1000 lbs.
  • The cost to recycle televisions and monitors will be lowered from $15 to $10.

Yard waste and all other fees not  mentioned will remain at the same levels they were in 2020.

As with the increase in recycling fees, the county says fees for waste management (with the exception of television disposal which is driven by a lower than expected cost for electronics recycling), reflect increased costs of contracted services for garbage and recycling.

“The industry has changed, increasing costs for recycling and the equipment needed. We’re getting 70 percent less in the form of revenues, and our operation costs have increased.” Recycling and Materials Management Department Director Barb Eckstrom said.

For more information on recycling and waste management, and what to do with your home waste, you can visit the TCRMM’s website here.

Anna Lamb

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