COVID-19 Announcements

*While the landfill is still operating all landfill users are strongly encouraged to follow established NY COVID-19 guidelines and limit visiting the facility unless it is a necessity. *

Compost is not available at this time. 

Recycling bins are temporarily not being handed out at the landfill scalehouse.

Household hazardous waste and electronics recycling drop-off days are temporarily suspended until further notice.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.

Broome County Recycling Program Information

The Plastic Bag Ban is now in effect, but you can still drop off film plastics for recycling at retailer collection bins: Plastic Bag & Film Plastic Recycling 

For proper battery recycling & drop-off locations please see: Battery Recycling

One of the primary challenges of our recycling program is contamination, which is non-recyclable materials that are put into recycling bins and ultimately disposes of. It is increasingly important to reduce the amount of contaminants in recycling streams to maintain a sustainable recycling system. The below Recycling Quick Guide shows some of the most basic and common materials we do accept and a few of the contaminates many mistakenly place in their recycling bin. Recycling Quick Guide 2019




  • Newspaper, magazines, catalogs, junk mail, manila folders, envelopes, brown paper bags
  • White, colored notebook and fax paper
  • Soft and hardcover books 
  • Wrapping paper (non-metallic)

No blueprints, carbon copy paper, metallic paper, tissues, napkins, paper towels, paper cups, paper plates or paper egg cartons


  • All Cardboard Boxes
  • Pizza boxes
  • Corrugated boxes (wavy middle layer)
  • Single-layer cardboard (cereal boxes) 

No wax-covered cardboard (can scrape off wax with your fingernail), mold-covered or food contaminated material


  • Milk and juice cartons


  • Clear, brown and green (jars and bottles only)

No window pane glass, mirrors, ceramics, plates, cups or light bulbs


  • Food and beverage containers (no food or liquid left in the container)
  • Detergent, Shampoo containers, etc
  • Landscape plant trays & flower pots (no soil)   
  • Microwave trays   
  • Small plastic totes   
  • Small plastic wastebaskets   
  • Plastic reusable bottles   
  • Plastic reusable food storage containers (no food or liquid-empty containers)  

No plastic bags*, plastic film*, Styrofoam, packing foam, packing peanuts, automotive fluid containers, small appliances, utensils and plates.

*Plastic bags and plastic film can be recycled through bag recycling programs at store locations.


  • Tin and steel food and beverage cans (no food or liquid-empty containers)
  • Aluminum pans, cans and clean foil
  • Metal pots, pans and bowls

No utensils, hangers, wire, cords or scrap metal

Recycling Frequently Asked Questions >>

BC LANDFILL DROP-OFF (Residents Only- No Businesses)


  • MOTOR OIL AND ANTIFREEZE (Landfill Drop-off)
    5 gallons per person per visit or take to any oil change service station 
    See list of materials above (What to Recycle) or Broome County Recycling Guide
    (This is a special plastic recycling program that is separate from the regular recycling program materials)

    Plastic bucket with metal hands
    Plastic milk/soda crate
    Plastic laundry baskets and totes
    Plastic lawn furniture
    Plastic drums and garbage cans
    Plastic toys and pet carriers
    Plastic coolers
    Plastic shelving
    Plastic flower pots and trays (no soil)
    PET blister pack
    5-gallon water bottles
    Automotive plastic (bumpers, pick-up truck bed liners, grills, hub caps)

    Material NOT accepted as part of the bulk mixed rigid plastic drop-off at the landfill are:
    PVC pipe/tubing, vinyl siding
    Glass, metal, wood, paper, clothes, Styrofoam
    Poly-coated paper
    Flexible water hoses, hazardous material or medical waste
    Narrow neck liquid containers; small plastic containers (yogurt cups & bottles)
    Oil/chemical containers.

For More Information Call Division of Solid Waste Management 607.778.2250

RECYCLING DROP-OFF SITE (Residents Only-No Businesses)

Materials accepted at drop-off sites include all materials listed on this page. Used motor oil, batteries, antifreeze and oil filters can be recycled at the Broome County Landfill drop-off only.

BATTERY ONLY DROP-OFF SITES (Residents Only- No Businesses)

As of June 8, 2011 all retailers selling rechargeable batteries are required to accept back the same type of rechargeable battery for recycling. Check with a local retailer. NOTE: Store locations will only accept rechargeable batteries.

The Broome County Landfill, Wegman's, the Broome County Library and the SUNY Broome Ice Center accept all household batteries such as alkaline, button batteries and rechargeable batteries for recycling. Please tape the ends of the batteries.  

Additional Battery Drop-Off Locations (Residents only-No Businesses)

Broome County Landfill
286 Knapp Rd., Binghamton, NY
Hours: Monday-Friday 7am-2:45pm, Saturday 7am-11:45am
Accepts all household batteries: alkaline, button batteries and rechargeable batteries
Collection container is located in the recycling area.

650 Harry L Drive, Johnson City, NY
Accepts all household batteries: alkaline, button batteries and rechargeable batteries
Collection container is located in the main entrance lobby

SUNY Broome Ice Center
901 Upper Front St., Binghamton, NY 13905
Accepts all household batteries: alkaline, button batteries and rechargeable batteries Collection container is located in the main entrance lobby on left side

Broome County Library
185 Court St., Binghamton, NY 13901
Accepts all household batteries: alkaline, button batteries and rechargeable batteries Collection container is located inside the main entrance on the right side.


Broome County is temporarily suspending the direct distribution of recycling bins to residents from the scalehouse located at the Broome County Landfill.


To replace or receive a new yellow curbside recycling bin, please contact your private or municipal hauler.  Below is a list of municipality contact numbers.  For private haulers check the yellow pages.

For a larger 32-gallon bin bring please visit the landfill. The 32-gallon bins are only available at the landfill. One free 32-gallon blue bin per household.  Additional 32-gallon bins may be purchased for a nominal fee.  Call 607.778.2250 for more information.

Municipal Haulers:

  • City of Binghamton - 607.772.7020
  • Johnson City - 607.797.3031
  • Village of Endicott - 607.757.2429
  • Town of Union - 607.786.2980


Multiple yellow bins are available if needed. At this time the 32-gallon bins are only available to households. Please contact the Broome County Division of Solid Waste at 607.778.2250.


Now it is easier than ever before to offer recycling at public events.

The Division of Solid Waste now has specialized ClearStream recycling units available for loan.  The units are compact and easy to use.

To make arrangements to borrow the units for free please call 607.778.2250 or email
Please give two weeks notice.


Material Exchange Program

Broome County is excited to be a partner of the MAT-EX Western/Central NY Materials Exchange Program. Mat-ex is a reuse program that provides opportunities for material exchanges to be made therefore keeping non-hazardous, reusable materials out of the landfill. Materials are listed under two categories: wanted and available. To view the listing and for more information on posting a listing go to or call the Division of Solid Waste Management for a copy of the listing at 607.778.2250.