Freeville contracts with Alternatives Waste Services (AWS), which picks up garbage on Thursday morning. Trash cans or well-tied bags should be at the curb by 6:00 a.m. All trash must be bagged. Loose garbage in trash cans–especially things such as cat litter, vacuum dust/dirt, old packages of flour or sugar, etc.–can complicate a pick-up considerably.
The collection schedule does not change for holidays that occur on Thursday. The two exceptions are Christmas day and New Year’s day. If they occur on a Thursday, the village will have garbage pick-up on Friday.
Each garbage tag is good for 20 pounds of garbage. Please be sure that you don’t put out more than your tags actually cover. Garbage tags are available by the sheet (cost of $10 per sheet) at the Village Hall (844-8301) on MWF from 8:00 to 11:00. They are also available by mail if you send a SASE and a check made out to the village (Either by mail or drop in the village mailbox outside the village hall).
Tompkins County Recycling contracts with Cassella, which comes to Freeville on every other Friday. They take most types of paper, metal, and plastic. Containers should be at the curb by 6:00 a.m. Tompkins County Recycling used to mail every household a paper brochure annually that contained the schedule, but they no longer do that. Instead, the Village Hall has copies for anyone who wants one, and you can find the schedule and more information at
It is illegal to dispose of electronic equipment in the trash. Tompkins County residents can recycle them free of charge at the Recycling and Solid Waste Center, 160 Commercial Ave., Ithaca. For dates and hours when people may drop off hazardous materials and electronics, go to www.recycletompkins.org. (Finger Lakes ReUse 2255 North Triphammer Road, accepts electronics that still work, then refurbishes them for sale.)
Special Trash Pick-ups
Every summer (usually in June) the village has three special pick-ups: one for furniture, one for metal, and one for brush.
Village residents may dispose of their Christmas trees by dropping them off at the Village Barn on DPW Drive. All decorations should be removed first.
During national and state elections, the Freeville W. B. Strong Firehouse is the polling place for Election District 2 (districts are identified on the notification cards sent to voters). Voting for village elections takes place in the courtroom at the Village Hall (notification cards are not sent out for village elections).