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Tompkins County Opens Groton’s First Food Scraps Recycling Program

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A new drop spot for recycling food scraps is set to open September 7 in Groton, which will operate every Saturday morning from 9-11:00 at the Town Clerk’s Office, 101 Conger Boulevard.

The program is a partnership between the town of Groton and the Tompkins County Department of Recycling and Materials Management (TCRMM).

“This will be our 15th drop spot,” said TCRMM Director Barbara Eckstrom, “and the first to be located in Groton. Our goal remains 20 spots by the year 2020.” 

Accepted materials include all food scraps, including meat, bones, and dairy products, as well as food-soiled paper towels and napkins, coffee grounds, filters and tea bags.

The material collected is delivered to Cayuga Compost in Trumansburg, where it’s processed into compost and sold as a soil amendment.

“Recycling food scraps offers a clean, comfortable and convenient way for residents to expand recycling opportunities while reducing disposal costs,” added Waste Reduction and Recycling Specialist Seth Dennis. “We want to thank the Town of Groton for their part in helping grow this program.” 

For those interested, TCRMM provides free toolkits, including kitchen caddies and transport containers to participants. You can get one by visiting their table at the Groton Summer Concert tomorrow (August 22) or Groton Olde Home Days on August 24.

Toolkits are also available at any Drop Spot and the Recycling and Materials Management Office in Ithaca.

For more information, including a complete list of drop spot locations and their hours of operation, visit

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