Beyond Recycling at Brighton Farmers’ Market

Brighton Farmers’ MarketRain 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. And you can also recycle the following items at the table.

Important! will be making significant changes to our recycling program after June 16, 2019 because we are ramping up our educational efforts on other important environmental education issues. After June 16, 2019, we will be at the Brighton Farmers’ Market once a month and will be focusing on distributing information on important non-recycling climate actions that are needed to reduce carbon emissions.

  • Please mark your calendars to drop off your recyclables with us before June 16th!
  • If you would like to help, we welcome your assistance. Contact us to volunteer.
  • Get information about what you can take to the Monroe County EcoPark for recycling!

Accepted recycling items through June 16, 2019

Spring, 2019

  • EMPTY Prescription (ORANGE, BLUE, OR GREEN) bottles. NO PILLS. Labels can be blacked out with a marker or removed completely (NO GLUE or paper RESIDUE). You can also 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 also take these to stores like Home Depot or to the Monroe County EcoPark. (NO incandescent bulbs please, put those in trash.)
  • Compact discs and DVDs
  • Button, and rechargeable batteries ONLY. You can also take these to stores like Home Depot or to the Monroe County EcoPark. (NO Alkaline batteries)
  • Small electronics such as cell phones, printer cartridges, keyboards, modems, etc. You can also take these to stores like Home Depot or to the Monroe County EcoPark.
  • Sneakers (no shoes, boots, skates, cleats, light up or metal containing sneakers). Single sneakers ok. You can also take these to Fleet Feet stores in the Rochester area.
  • Brita brand filters ONLY (Other water filters should be put in trash.)
  • Corks
  • Crayons
  • Gently used or unused school supplies
  • Pull tabs from cans. You can also take these to the Monroe County EcoPark.
  • Eyeglasses. You can also take these to Goodwill
  • Legos
  • Color Brighton Green is starting a tree planting program to plant affordable, native trees around Brighton. In order to start this program we are looking for 2 or 3 gallon black nursery pots to start our trees in. Used pots are preferred but we will accept new ones. Please feel free to drop them off at our table at the farmer’s market. We are looking to collect about 60 pots
  • Winter coats for project Homeless Connect

Recycled by Terracycle, Inc.

Collected by a volunteer:

  • Personal care and beauty containers:
    Including hair, skin, and make-up. Specifically: lipstick cases, mascara tubes, eye shadow cases, shampoo bottles, conditioner bottles, bronzer cases, foundation packaging, body wash containers, soap tubes, soap dispensers, lotion dispensers, shaving foam tubes(no cans, they can go in blue box), powder cases, lotion bottles, chap stick tubes, lotion tubes, face soap dispensers, face soap tubes, face lotion bottles, face lotion jars, eyeliner cases, eyeliner pencils, eyeshadow tubes, concealer tubes, concealer sticks, lip liner pencils, hand lotion tubes, hair gel tubes, hair paste jars.   MostItems crossed out above are plastics labeled #1-#7 and should be rinsed out and placed in your blue box.
  • 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.

Other Accepted Items through June 16, 2019

Any coupons (up to 10 months out of date).  These are being given to military families who are able to redeem them at 3 times the face value.

Cardboard rolls that toilet paper and paper towels have in their center.  These can go in your blue recycle boxes, but we are accepting them because Edison Tech is sponsoring a project that needs hundreds of these.

Reusable grocery bags are being collected to give to farmers who also sell their foods at the Ithaca Farmers Market.  In Ithaca, farmers are not allowed to bag their items in single use bags.  So, if you have some extra reusable bags, bring them our way.

Musical instruments and accessories including music books and stands for use by the PUC Achieve Charter School located at 14 Mark Street in Rochester.

Yarn is being collected to be used for a school project. When that project is done, we will continue to collect it for distribution to other organizations that we know will use it.

Clean, worn towels and blankets that will be given to Lolly Pop Farm for use in caring for animals.

Items we DO NOT recycle

  • Any items not listed above!
  • Over the counter medicine bottles. There is no need to bring these items to the Market. Make sure to place them in your recycling “Blue Box” to be picked-up by your waste hauler.
  • Styrofoam of any sort: 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.
  • Pills or syringes of any sort.
  • Plastic containers from over the counter medications. Empty white over the counter medication bottles can be placed in your curbside recycle bin.

Market dates and locations

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