Ellen Pratt
Sustainability Manager

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Telephone:
607-687-8274

56 Main Street, Room 102
Owego, NY 13827

Main Phone:
607-687-8274

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What and why curbside recycling has changed in Tioga County

Last Updated: 2/1/2021

Tioga County has provided residents with countywide curbside recycling collection since 1992.  In June of 2020, Tioga County went out to bid for this service and the lowest bid came in at more than double the current rate.  Due to this rate more than doubling the current rates, the county could not increase taxes without exceeding the NYS mandated 2% tax increase rate cap.  The tax cap is important to stay under because other county programs rely on the funding that is tied to staying under the cap.  Staying below the cap also drives the property tax relief check that residents may receive from New York State. 

Recycling has NOT gone away!  You are still required to recycle.  What has gone away is the “RECYCLE” tax levy on your County tax bill and the county contracting for curbside recycling.  

As of December 31st, the county curbside recycling contract with Taylor Garbage came to an end.  Residents are required to contract with a private hauler for recycling pickup. We are pleased to say there are four options for Tioga County for curbside recycling only as well as curbside trash & recycling collection and they are:

  • B&E Disposal – 607-699-3406
  • Taylor Garbage – 607-797-5277
  • Bert Adams Disposal – 607-648-4863
  • RPM Group – 607-223-8714

Casella (607-358-7771) do not provide curbside recycling only but are an option for curbside trash & recycling collection.

According to Taylor Garbage, residents are no longer allowed to drop recycling off at their transfer stations, only trash.  Residents were originally told that they would be able to drop recycling off at one of the transfer stations in the County based on information from the NYS Department of Conservation (NYSDEC); however, NYSDEC came back later and said this is not the case. 

 


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