ecopark Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs-Frequently asked questions for difficult to manage items. Many of your questions can be answered here or by using the ecopark Locator search tool to the right.
 
When do you need a Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) appointment?  Appointments are required every time HHW (chemicals, cleaners, paints, etc.) is brought to the ecopark. Appointments are not required for any other accepted material. Call customer service M-F, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (closed holidays) to schedule or click here to schedule an appointment on-line.

Who can use the ecopark? The facility can be used by Monroe County households/residents only (no businesses, nonprofits, churches or out-of-county households/residents).
 
Does the ecopark accept tires? Yes, the ecopark does take passenger vehicle tires on or off rim. There is a $5 per tire charge for this service (only credit or debit cards accepted for payment). 
 
Does the ecopark accept unwanted medications? Yes, the ecopark will accept pharmaceutical waste from Monroe County residents (no businesses) during all operating hours. Empty prescription bottles are also accepted. Click here for a listing of local police agencies that accept unwanted medications as part of this program. The HHW scheduler will also list special pharmaceutical collection days sometimes held at local pharmacies.
 
Does the ecopark accept paint? Yes, the ecopark takes paint through the Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) program. Any volume of oil-based paint or more than 1/3 of a can of latex paint can be taken to the ecopark HHW program with an appointment (less than 1/3-can of latex paint should be dried out and placed in the garbage with the lid removed). Please follow this link to make an appointment on the HHW Scheduler.
 
Does the ecopark accept yard waste? At the present time, the ecopark does not accept yard waste for composting. An alternative to disposal would be to set up a small composting area in your yard. There are many informative composting sites (www.dec.ny.gov/docs/materials_minerals_pdf/compost.pdf) available on the internet to help you through this.
 
What # plastics does the ecopark accept? The Monroe County Recycling Center now accepts plastics numbered 1 through 7. These can be put in your curbside recycling bins (www2.monroecounty.gov/des-residentialrecycling.php) or brought to the ecopark during operating hours and placed in the appropriate container. Bulky plastics (Rubbermaid storage units, large Little Tykes toys, playground parts, infant car seats, lawn furniture, etc.) are also accepted at the ecopark.
 
Does the ecopark accept propane tanks? Residents are encouraged to reuse propane tanks or to join an exchange program. However, the ecopark will accept one and 20-pound propane tanks during operating hours.
 
Do we accept household hazardous waste (i.e. chemicals, cleaners, oil, pesticides, etc.)? The ecopark does have a Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) program. If you have HHW items, you need an appointment which can be made via the Scheduler or by calling customer service M-F, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (closed holidays) at 753-7600 (Option #3). Used motor oil should be taken to service stations that change oil, which are required to take it by state law free-of-charge. A listing of items acceptable via the HHW program are listed here.
 
Does the ecopark recycle yard waste? No, the ecopark does not perform this task. If you have further questions about yard waste composting, contact your local municipality.
 
Does the ecopark shred confidential documents, or mail?  The ecopark does accept documents for shredding. During business hours, you can bring your documents to the ecopark where they will be stored in locked toters until removed by a contracted shredding company. 
 
Does cardboard need to be broken down? Yes, just like the curbside recycling program, your cardboard should be broken down as much as possible.
 
Does the ecopark recycle gas-powered lawn mowers, or other landscaping equipment? Residential equipment will be accepted at the ecopark if all fluids have been properly drained (drained fluids are accepted at ecopark HHW collections).
 
Does the ecopark accept old gasoline and gas/oil mixes? Yes, the ecopark takes old gasoline and gas/oil mixes from residents—an appointment is required.
 
Does the ecopark accept old empty gas cans? Old gas cans are either metal or plastic and have contained flammable material. As long as the liquids are fully drained/evaporated, the cans will be accepted at the ecopark.
 
Does the ecopark accept old appliances with refrigerant still in them? Refrigerant-containing appliances (dehumidifiers, air conditioners, refrigerators, freezers, water coolers, etc.) can be brought to the ecopark during any operating hours. A licensed professional will remove the refrigerant and the metal will be recycled. A $15 fee will be charged with payment only via credit or debit card.
 
Is there a business for refrigerant removal? Yes, most heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) companies can refer you to someone who can do this.
 
Who takes alkaline batteries? Household alkaline batteries may be disposed in the garbage. The ecopark will not accept alkaline batteries. If you would like to recycle your alkaline batteries, Waste Management—a partner in the ecopark project—has a fee-based mail-in program. Information on the program is located at this website: www.thinkgreenfromhome.com/Batteries.cfm. Additionally, Batteries Plus accepts alkaline batteries for recycling for a fee of $1 per pound (1100 Jefferson Road - 14623).
 
Does the ecopark accept used motor oil? No. State law requires service stations that change oil to accept used motor oil free-of-charge.
 
Does the ecopark accept 55 gallon drum containers - with unknown product? No—please contact the HHW coordinator at 753-7553 for information on how to handle situations like this.
 
Does the ecopark accept Computers/Radios/VCRs-just about any electronic items? Yes, accepted at the ecopark during any operating hours. You can also use the Locator tool to search for other locations to take this material. Cathode ray tube (CRT) televisions/monitors are accepted at ecopark for a fee of $10 each (credit/debit card only) - flat panels are free. Best Buy stores will accept up to three CRTs per customer, per day (32-inch and smaller - no console TVs or exposed CRTs) free-of-charge. Click here for details of Best Buy's program.
 
Will the ecopark pick items up? The ecopark program does not include pickup service. There may be a few companies/charities that will pick up certain materials, go to the Locator and look for pick-up services on the results page.
 
Why do I need an appointment? Appointments are only required if you are dropping off Household Hazardous Waste (HHW). Appointments are necessary to help gauge staffing levels, reduce customer wait times and for staff and customer safety. If you have any item listed under HHW, you must have an appointment.
 
Where are you located? The ecopark is located at 10 Avion Drive, Chili, NY 14624. You can get driving directions and a map at this link. Avion Drive is under video surveillance--no illegal dumping.
 
Does the ecopark accept household garbage? No, the ecopark does not accept garbage, only recyclable materials and Household Hazardous Waste. Our partner Waste Management of NY operates two landfills within Monroe County: www.millseatlandfill.com and www.highacreslandfill.com are the websites for these locations.
 
Does the ecopark accept compact fluorescent light bulbs, cleaners, propane tanks, mercury (thermometers)? Yes, see the Items Accepted listing.
 
Does the ecopark accept mulch from tree stumps that were ground up? The ecopark does not take mulch or other organic material.
 
Does the ecopark accept Styrofoam? Yes, CLEAN, WHITE packing-type Styrofoam (#6) is accepted (i.e. for electronic components) as are packing peanuts (in plastic bags)--no tape or stickers allowed. Meat trays, egg cartons, take-out containers, cups, etc. ARE NOT accepted. Styrofoam is a very difficult material to recycle. Our recommendation is to look for alternatives when purchasing products that are packed in Styrofoam.

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