Rain or shine, come to the Market every Sunday for fresh and delicious vegetables, fruit, meat, and more. Help support local farmers who, by growing food in sustainable ways, create a healthier food supply and a cleaner environment. ColorBrightonGreen has a table at the Brighton Farmers’ Market on the third Sunday of every month. On most of those Sundays, we have an Expert at our table to talk with you about a sustainability topic. In addition, we have another volunteer there to collect recyclables that we are still collecting. You can recycle the following items at the ColorBrightonGreen.org table.
- Market’s dates and locations
- Our posts about recycling tips
- Our posts about recycling resources around Brighton.
ColorBrightonGreen.org has made significant changes to our recycling program because we are ramping up our educational efforts on other important environmental education issues by sponsoring special events at the Brighton Library. We will now be at the Brighton Farmers’ Market on the third Sunday each month and will be focusing on distributing information on important non-recycling climate actions that are needed to reduce carbon emissions.
Accepted recycling items as of March 15, 2020 (on 3rd Sundays when market is open)
- Toner cartridges, cell phones, small electronics, laptops and tablets, electric cords
- Gently used or unused school supplies
- Eyeglasses. You can also take these to Goodwill
- Paper tubes (from toilet paper rolls and paper towels)
- 2-3 gallon pots for plants (to be used to grow trees for later transplant)
Recycled by Terracycle, Inc. (Collected by ColorBrightonGreen.org volunteers)
- Empty, Clean Personal care and beauty containers:
Including hair, skin, and make-up. Specifically: lipstick cases, mascara tubes, eye shadow cases, bronzer cases, foundation packaging (no cans, they can go in blue box), powder cases, chap stick tubes, face soap dispensers, face lotion jars, eyeliner cases, eyeliner pencils, eyeshadow tubes, concealer tubes, concealer sticks, lip liner pencils, hair paste jars.
- Oral care packaging:
Toothpaste tubes, toothpaste caps, toothbrushes, floss containers, mouthwash bottles, mouthwash caps, deodorant containers and caps, plastic soap wrappers. (No aerosol deodorant cans—put these in blue boxes.)
- Used Contact lens and blister packs:Biotrue® ONEday and other Bausch + Lomb brand contact lenses and Biotrue(R) ONEday and other Bausch + Lomb brand blister packs. We will also accept contact lenses and blister packs from all brands. Do not give us the cardboard packaging since that can be placed in your curbside recycle container.
- Brita Brand water filters (ONLY). Other water filters should be placed in the trash.
Items we DO NOT recycle
- Any items not listed above!
- Styrofoam: The EcoPark will take large, clean, white packing styrofoam with no tape on it.
- Egg Containers: some farmers at the market will take them.
- Plastic grocery bags, bread bags, newspaper bags, other thin plastic bags or plastic wrap: grocery stores take them for recycling in their “plastic bag” recycling bins.
Plastic bags, cords, ropes, etc. wrap around recycling machinery causing facility downtime and also contaminate recyclable paper. Plastic bags and product wrapping may be recycled at most large retail outlets. Also, don’t put your curbside recyclables in plastic bags. If you do so, the entire bag full of items will go to the landfill instead of being recycled. They don’t have the ability at the sorting center to open the bags and sort the items. If you are worried about the wind catching your recyclables, purchase a larger recycle bin with a lid.
- Pills or syringes of any sort. See the Monroe County Eco Park website for information on where to take these items.
- EMPTY Prescription or over the counter bottles. You can take these to the Monroe County Eco-Park. For more information from Monroe County about why you cannot put these empty bottles in your curbside recycling, and what happens to the bottles that are taken to the Monroe County Ecopark, see our green tip.
- Compact fluorescent lamps (CFL). You can take these to stores like Home Depot or to the Monroe County EcoPark. (NO incandescent bulbs, put those in trash.)
- Alkaline batteries. Batteries Plus stores will take small quantities.
- Button, and rechargeable batteries. You can take these to stores like Home Depot or to the Monroe County EcoPark.
- Small electronics such as cell phones, printer cartridges, keyboards, modems, etc. You can take these to stores like Home Depot or to the Monroe County EcoPark.
- Sneakers: You can take these to Fleet Feet stores in the Rochester area.
- Pull tabs from cans. You can take these to the Monroe County EcoPark.
- Clothing: Thrift Stores or the Eco Park.
- Sewing materials: Craft Bits and Pieces in Fairport will take these as will Sew Green in Rochester
- Clean, worn towels and blankets: Can be taken by animal shelters
Market dates and locations
- For information about the Market, visit the Brighton Farmers’ Market website.