Trash & Yard Waste Collection / Tags

Trash, Yard Waste & Recycling Collection

Trash is picked up at city residences every week. Recycling is picked up every other week on the same day as trash. Collection of yard waste occurs within the city between April 1 and November 30, or until snow falls, on the weeks opposite of recycling collection. Yard waste collection days are the same days as trash collection; however, yard waste is collected later in the day.  Call the Streets and Facilities Division at 607-272-1718 to find out when your trash is collected or use our resident services search tool.


Recycling information is available from Tompkins County Solid Waste 607-273-5700.

Yard Waste Tags

Currently yard waste tags are available at City Hall, Agway, all GreenStar locations, P&C Fresh (Pine Tree Road), Cornell Campus Store, the Dandy Mini Mart on West Buffalo Street, Tops, and Wegmans. Yard waste tags are $9 for a sheet of 6.

Trash Tags

Effective January 1, 2019, the City of Ithaca will offer only one type of trash tag for waste disposal. The tag will be valid for large trash cans and/or bags weighing up to 35 pounds. The cost of the large tag (color yellow) will be $4.50 each, sold in a sheet of 6 for $27.00. Trash tags are available at the following locations:

Trash Tag Location
City Hall  
City Chamberlain's Office
108 E. Green St.
Agway Farm and Home Center
213 S. Fulton St. 
Cornell Campus Store
Cornell University Campus 
135 Ho Plaza
Greenstar Co-op Market
770 Cascadilla St. 
Greenstar College Town
307 College Ave.
Dewitt Mall 
215 N Cayuga St
P&C Fresh
East Hill Plaza
Dandy Mini Mart
805 W. Buffalo St.
2300 N Triphammer Rd
500 S. Meadow St. 
Kinney Drugs513 N Cayuga

All current tag sales are FINAL. Trash tags and yard waste tags both expire at the effective date of a change in the purchase price. We will offer exchanges or refunds on expired tags for up to 90 days after the expiration date. During that time, exchanges and refunds are only available in person at the Chamberlain's Office.