Tompkins Food Scrap Recycling Expands

A new food scrap drop spot is planned for East Hill, and a food scrap recycling bay at the Solid Waste Center is slated for construction, according to a news release...

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Fresh produce at Ithaca Farmers Market(University Photography)
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By Andrew Casler via Ithaca Journal, 8/19/15

Solid Waste Division Manager Barbara Eckstrom that Tompkins County residents have embraced Tompkins County’s food scrap recycling initiative and helped divert waste from landfills.

“As we’ve said, food scraps recycling is the ‘next frontier,’ and through our efforts at making it clean, comfortable and convenient, we’re seeing participation continue to grow,” Eckstrom said in a news release.

The new recycling bay is scheduled for completion before Thanksgiving. The East Hill drop spot’s exact location hasn’t been finalized, but the facility is scheduled to open in October, according to Solid Waste Division spokesman Geoff Dunn.

Use of the food scraps drop off area of the RSWC has increased dramatically in the last two years, seeing upwards of 1,000 visitors a month, and collecting over 10 tons of material per month, the news release said

Data collected through July shows the six current drop spots in Ithaca, Lansing, Dryden, Cayuga Heights and Trumansburg have diverted 100 tons of organic material and compostable paper from the landfill in 2015, the news release said. The material collected is processed by Cayuga Compost in Trumansburg and marketed as a soil amendment to landscapers, farmers and homeowners.

The County offers free countertop kitchen caddies, compostable bags, educational materials and transport containers to residents. The tool kits are available at the Solid Waste Division office or at any of the drop spot locations. So far, 2,500 of the kits have been distributed.

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