A flurry of complaints greeted this week's announcement from the City Chamberlain's office that trash tag fees were going up, and the deadline to use the old City of Ithaca trash tags was January 31st. City officials have backpedaled, and say residents may use the old tags through February 15th.
The new orange trash tags, which can be used now but must be used from February 17th onward, cost $3.75 each and may be purchased in a sheet of six. The tags are valid for trash cans and bags weighing up to 35 pounds that will be left out for curbside collection.
The City says many residents sharply reduce the expense of disposing of trash by taking full advantage of Tompkins County's expansive curbside recycling program, and a new food scrap and compostables disposal program. County residents may dispose of food scraps and compostables at no charge at the Solid Waste Center's drop-off area at 122 Commercial Avenue in Ithaca's southwest.
City officials say unused purple trash tags, which may not be used after February 15th, may be returned to the City Chamberlain for a refund or for credit towards the purchase of new trash tags. Area residents may visit City Hall during business hours, or mail the tags to the City Chamberlain at 108 East Green Street, and will receive a refund check.
City of Ithaca trash tags can be purchased at the City Chamberlain's office, Agway Farm & Home Center on Fulton Street, the Cornell Store, GreenStar Cooperative Market's west end store and GreenStar Oasis downtown, Jason's Deli on College Avenue, the P&C Fresh at East Hill Plaza, Pete's Grocery on West Buffalo Street, and both Tops and Wegmans supermarkets in Ithaca's southwest.