In Monroe County, many items can be recycled at the curb if your waste hauler offers the County’s “Blue Box” Recycling/Recovery Program. Most other items can be dropped-off at the ecopark facility.
Monroe County’s “Blue Box” Program
Monroe County’s “Blue Box” Program can accept many items for recycling—paper materials, plastics #1-7, and some metal items. They need to be placed in your recycling box for pick-up on your regular trash collection day.
Find out more about what Monroe County recycles by taking a tour of the Monroe County Recycling Center, 384 Lee Road in Greece. You’ll be surprised at all the helpful information they provide. The Center provides tours to community, scouting and school groups. Call 585-753-7646 to schedule.
How to recycle non-Blue Box items
As you just read on the Monroe County’s web site, not everything can be recycled under the “Blue Box” program. Below are a few suggestions that you may consider.
A partnership between Monroe County and Waste Management of NY, ecopark provides county residents with a “one-stop drop-off” to dispose of or recycle certain items.
- ecopark is located south of the airport on 10 Avion Drive.
- Learn more on the ecopark website
Many of the items below can be droped at ecopark. If not, alternative solutions or facilities are provided by using the “ecopark Prospector” tool on its website.
- Aerosol Cans
- Asphalt Shingles
- Automotive Items
- Business Hazardous Waste
- Cell Phones
- Cooking Oil/Grease
- Driveway Sealer
- Electronic Storage Devices
- Electronics (Computers, TVs, etc.)
- Home Heating Oil
- Household Hazardous Waste
- Light Bulbs & Ballasts
- Paints and Stains
- Photo Chemicals
- Pool Chemicals
- Printer Cartridges
- Radioactive Materials
- Shredding Documents
- Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
- Unwanted, Usable Products
- Wire Coat Hangers
Plastic Bag and Other Limited Plastic Product Wrap
Plastic shopping bags and flexible product wrapping are not accepted in curbside recycling bins. Shopping bags and the following plastic material should be returned to the store for recycling: bags from newspapers, dry cleaning, bread and produce; wrapping from toilet paper, diapers, napkins, paper towels, furniture, electronic components and beverage cases; cereal/cracker box liners; Tyvek (no glue, labels or other materials); plastic shipping envelopes (no bubble wrap – remove labels). Click the following link for a full list. Items should be clean with no food residue. plasticfilmrecycling.org
NYS Plastic Bag Reduction, Reuse and Recycling Act requires most larger stores and retail chains providing plastic shopping bags to customers to set up a plastic bag/wrap recycling program.