Reduce waste

Every day in Tompkins County we send about 300,000 pounds of trash to landfills in surrounding counties. That's a lot of waste! Businesses and organizations are taking the lead in significantly reducing the amount of waste they generate through smart and proactive composting and recycling.

Tompkins County Recycling & Solid Waste's Re-Business Partners Program supports businesses and organizations to reduce waste, increase recycling and composting, and adopt green purchasing practices. Over 150 local restaurants, houses of worship, offices, businesses, and non-profits are recognized ReBusiness Partners. Learn more about the program and use the following contact form to sign up:

What do ReBusiness Partners receive?

Rebusiness Partners
  • Public recognition from the community for their efforts to help the environment.
  • FREE assistance from Solid Waste throughout the process, including a waste assessment
  • FREE recycling bins and decals
  • FREE signage
  • Reduced fee for food scraps recycling service
  • The rights to use the ReBusiness logo

 

 Danny Fairchild, back left, and students from Dryden Elementary school, decreased trash from 20 to 3 bags a day through composting and recycling. Photo: nysut.org

Danny Fairchild, back left, and students from Dryden Elementary school, decreased trash from 20 to 3 bags a day through composting and recycling. Photo: nysut.org

In 2008, Dryden Elementary school students and staff were generating 20 bags of garbage every day.  A 5th grade teacher, Danny Fairchild, with his students began analyzing that trash, and realized that much of it could be recycled and composted. In just three years, the students kept 206,000 pounds of food out of the landfill by composting and recycled 15,200 pounds of milk and juice cartons. By cutting down to three or fewer bags of trash per day, the Dryden school district has seen an overall cost savings of $4,200. “It has been a cultural shift through the whole district,” Mr. Fairchild said. “It’s become just what we do here at Dryden.”

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Got Questions?

Contact the waste reduction experts at Tompkins County Recycling & Solid Waste at (607) 273-6632