Ithaca moves to four-day trash collection schedule

By WBNG News

Ithaca moves to four-day trash collection schedule

March 12, 2013 Updated Mar 12, 2013 at 4:31 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) Starting on April 1, 2013, the City of Ithaca will begin a new four-day trash collection schedule. 

According to a news release issued Tuesday:

Due to a successfully implemented recycling program and the dedication of our residents, the City collected 94 fewer tons of garbage in 2012 than in 2011, and 363 fewer tons than it did in 2008. 
Estimates project that approximately 60% of the garbage produced by city residents is now being recycled instead of being sent to the landfill.
In order to capitalize on that success and save taxpayer dollars, City crews will now be collecting trash Monday – Thursday will larger loads. 

About 1,250 properties will have their garbage collection schedules changed, which is roughly 25% of the total service area.  Citywide, garbage collection will still happen weekly.  Recycling will remain the same.  Collection will still occur bi-weekly on the same day as it is currently being collected.

Affected property owners will receive a postcard in the mail to inform them of their new trash and yard waste collection day.  Residents with questions about their collection day can contact the Streets & Facilities Division at (607) 272-1718.