Wasting Reusable Materials
A 2010 characterization study of items placed in the garbage by Monroe County residents found that almost five percent of local garbage was textile material that could have been reused/recycled. There are easy and convenient ways for residents to stop this material from entering local landfills. Reclaimed textiles can contribute considerably to reducing the impact of textile processes on the environment including the demand for chemicals, water and energy consumption (used heavily in the generation of new textiles). Local organizations provide a great outlet for these materials. Some of these companies will come to your door to pick up this reusable material and you may receive a receipt for a tax deduction. The Monroe County ecopark will also accept your unwanted, useable clothing. Click here for details and hours of operation.
Monroe County ecopark Facility
10 Avion Drive
Rochester, New York 14624
Take Exit #17 (Scottsville Road - NY 383). Go south for 2 miles and turn right on Paul Road (Rt. 252A). Stay on Paul Road for 1.3 miles, turn left into the facility (Avion Drive) and follow the signs.
From Jefferson Road at Scottsville Road:
Turn north on Scottsville Road and continue for 1.2 miles. Turn left on Paul Road (Rt. 252A) and continue for 1.3 miles, turn left into the facility (Avion Drive) and follow the signs.
Phone: 585 232-1111
In 1997, Goodwill collected and recycled 2.5 million pounds of textiles. Goodwill also partnered with Monroe County to collect textiles at selected household hazardous waste mobile collections.
The Salvation Army—RAS
70 Liberty Pole Way
P.O. Box 41210
Rochester, NY 14604
Phone: 585 987-9500
If you have any toys, clothing, canned goods, toiletries or infant care products, the Salvation Army can put them to good use.
St. Pauly Textile
1067 Gateway Drive
Farmington, NY 14425
Phone: 585 924-1430
St. Pauly’s mission is to reduce the amount of useable clothing going into our landfills and get that clothing to people who can use it. Its efforts include working with local charities, school organizations, churches and the general public. St. Pauly specializes in working with non-profit organizations to achieve a portion of their fund raising needs.