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Village of Homer Cracking Down on Residents Throwing Trash in Recycling Bins

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The Village of Homer will now be strongly enforcing the village’s trash guidelines and the Cortland County Recycling guidelines after the village was informed of a large amount of trash that was being placed in the village’s recycling bins.


Trash pulled out of recycling bins from the Village of Homer. Image Courtesy of the Village of Homer.

The village will begin to spot check garbage and recycling bins and flagging bins that are either overflowing, and/or trash/garbage placed in recycling. Flagged containers will not be picked up and the disposal of the items will be the responsibility of the landowner.

The Village of Homer will send out letters to homeowners where a violation has occurred. After the first offense, fines will be issued per offense to the homeowner/landowner in violation of the Village Homers garbage and recycling policy. Those fines may be seen below:

  • Putting Cans out early or not removing within 24hrs
    • 2nd offense: $50
    • 3rd offense: $75
    • 4th offense: $100
    • 5th or more offense: $200
  • Overflowing bins – Trash and Recycling
    • 2nd offense: $75
    • 3rd offense: $150
    • 4th offense: $300
    • 5th or more offense: $500
  • Excess Trash next to cans
    • 2nd offense: $75
    • 3rd offense: $150
    • 4th offense: $300
    • 5th or more offense: $500
  • Trash or items, non-branches, left at curb
    • 2nd offense: $100
    • 3rd offense: $200
    • 4th offense: $400
    • 5th or more offense: $500
  • Trash in Recycling Bins
    • 2nd offense: $100
    • 3rd offense: $200
    • 4th offense: $400
    • 5th or more offense: $500
  • Fines for disposal of ineligible items
    • 2nd offense: $100
    • 3rd offense: $200
    • 4th offense: $400
    • 5th or more offense: $500

Residents who may have questions are encouraged to call the village offices at 607-749-3322 during normal business hours. A flier for guidelines at the Cortland County Recycling Center is also available 2023 Recycling Guidelines

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