Recycling Outreach Programs

Earth Month

In 2018, Monroe County is celebrating Earth Month throughout the month of April and into May with a variety of recycling-themed events and promotions. 

Monroe County Department of Environmental Services was pleased to partner with the Monroe County Library System to provide Environmental Education sessions during the week of April 2nd (school break for many schools). Environmental educators gave presentations on recycling, discussing where the products we use every day come from, what can be recycled, and the fascinating process that turns them into new recycled materials. The presentation walks attendees through the 3 R’s (reduce, reuse, recycle) and how we can all take small steps to reduce the waste we create and recycle more.  If you have a student or adult group that is interested in an interactive Environmental Education session on recycling, contact us to request a presentation.

Refresh Recycling Night

Monroe County and the Rochester Americans partnered for the second time to host Refresh Recycling Night on Wednesday, April 11th, 2018 at the Blue Cross Arena. The educational focus of this event was to promote proper plastic bag recycling and the use of reusable bags. Public service announcements shown during the game served to educate viewers that plastic bags should not be placed in garbage or recycling bins, but instead should be returned to reatailers and the ecopark for recycling.  All attendees of Refresh Recycling Night received a free reusable shopping bag.  The ecopark website has dditional information about plastic film recycling


Mobile Specialty Recycling Events

Community Shredding Day

Wednesday May 2nd from 10:00am to 2:00pm

Classified Scanning & Shredding, Chili

Monroe County is pleased to partner with Classified Scanning & Shredding for a free Community Shredding Day.  On May 2 from 10am to 2pm, up to three boxes of confidential documents may be brought to 425 Paul Rd in Chili for a free certified shredding service.  Document shredding protects you and your family from one of America’s fastest growing crimes - identity theft. Your documents will be inserted into locked containers, shredded and sent to a paper mill for recycling, protecting your family and the environment at the same time.  The Rochester Americans’ Moose Mascot will also make an appearance, so bring the kids for a fun family outing. 

Mobile Household Hazardous Waste Collections

In partnership with local towns and villages, Monroe County will be co-hosting five mobile HHW collections in 2018.  These events are in addition to the ecopark’s twice a week collection, all of which are free to residents of Monroe County. Acceptable materials include harmful household products such as cleaners, paint, wood stain, pesticides and fertilizers, pool chemicals, and driveway sealers. The mobile collections will be held:

  • Saturday, 4/21 – Gates Highway Department (475 Trabold Road)
  • Saturday, 5/12 – Perinton Highway Department (100 Cobbs Lane)
  • Saturday, 6/12 – Ogden Highway Department (2432 S. Union Street)
  • Saturday, 9/15 – Penfield Highway Department (1607 Jackson Road)
  • Saturday, 10/13 – Irondequoit Highway Department (25 Kings Highway)

*Appointments are required for all Hazardous Waste Collections (not pharmaceuticals) and can be made online at

Mobile Pharmaceutical Collections

In partnership with Wegmans, Monroe County will be hosting three mobile pharmaceutical collections during 2018, which will be held at the following Wegmans locations from 8am to 1pm:

  • Saturday, 6/9 – Henrietta (745 Calkins Rd)
  • Saturday, 8/4 – Chili (3175 Chili Ave)
  • Saturday, 9/22 – Greece (3701 Mt. Read Blvd)

A full list of locations, accepted items, and hours of operation can be found here.

No appointments are necessary for pharmaceutical drop offs at the ecopark, police departments, or mobile events. 

America Recycles Day & Recycle Competitions

America Recycles Day, a Keep America Beautiful initiative to improve recycling, is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to promoting, encouraging and celebrating recycling. America Recycles Day is celebrated through events held on November 15th and provides an opportunity to inform and inspire family, friends, neighbors, classmates and colleagues across the country to recycle more of the right things 365 days a year! Keep America Beautiful also sponsors two national recycling competitions: Recycle Bowl and RecycleMania.

In 2017, Monroe County and the Rochester Americans co-hosted an America Recycles Day promotional night on Wednesday, November 15 at the Blue Cross Arena. The goal was to leverage the national recycling campaign by hosting a local event to further the county-wide outreach campaign to encourage recycling and reduce contamination in the recycling stream. The educational focus of this event was proper plastic bag recycling and reduction. Free tickets to the event were distributed in advance of the game at the ecopark to anyone who brought items for recycling. Fans who attended the game on America Recycles Day received a free reusable shopping bag.

Message from County Executive Dinolfo on America Recycles Day in Monroe County

Recycle Bowl

Recycle-Bowl is a K-12 recycling competition taking place the month leading up to America Recycles Day. Schools across the nation track and report recyclables collected during a four week period (October 16 through November 15) for prizes in both state and national competitions. On the national level, prizes are awarded for waste reduction, food scrap collection, most improved, and the most recyclables collected at the school, community and district division. Lesson plans, games, fact sheets, and activities are available to help improve recycling programs and provide materials to use in the classroom. Click here to visit the Recycle-Bowl website and enroll your school.

Celebrating the 2017 NYS Recycle-Bowl Winner: Henry Hudson School No. 28

In 2017, 1,000 schools participated, representing 550,000 students and teachers that recycled 2 million pounds.  At the New York State level, 12 schools participated in Recycle-Bowl with 5 from Monroe County.  Congratulations to the following local schools on their commitment to recycling and participation in Recycle-Bowl!

  • Genesee Community Charter School
  • Rochester City School District, Henry Hudson School No. 28
  • Rochester City School District, Virgil I Grissom School No. 7
  • Brighton Central School District, French Road Elementary School
  • Rochester City School District, Pinnale School No. 35

At the state level, only one prize is awarded at the school division level. In 2017, the New York State Recycle-Bowl champion was Rochester City School District, Henry Hudson School No. 28! County Executive Dinolfo and the Amerks Moose will visit the school for a congratulatory visit during Earth Month to celebrate their success with a special lunch from Wegmans.


RecycleMania is a college and university recycling competition held for 8 weeks in the spring. Resources and guides are available to help coordinators plan a successful RecycleMania campaign.

Monroe County Library Summer Reading Program

The Monroe County Library Summer Reading Program provides free programs for children and teens from June to August throughout the over thirty library locations in Monroe County.  Monroe County Environmental Educators provide a series of one hour learning programs at different library locations geared towards children ages 6 to 12. Look for the Solid Waste Reduction & Recycling program, where children and teens will participate in the “great waste sort,” determining whether items belong in recycling, reuse/donate, landfill, or compost.  

Recycling Patch for Scouts and Youth Groups

Monroe County has created a recycling patch program as an incentive for young people to get more involved with local recycling. Individuals at any age can improve the quality of our environment by putting into practice “Reduce, Reuse and Recycle” and by participating in our Monroe County Solid Waste Management Programs. The patch can be earned by completing a number of requirements listed in the criteria below. The suggested requirements include surveying neighborhood recycling boxes, starting a home composting project, hosting a clothing drive, promoting an electronic waste or Household Hazardous Waste collection, researching the life cycle of a product’s packaging, or becoming an America Recycles mentor for your school. Participants are also encouraged to develop a recycling idea of their own. The patch program is available to scouting and youth groups. For details on how to complete the patch program, click on the link below.

Recycling Patch Requirements

Events & Resources

Monroe County has developed a calendar of events attended by Environmental Educators and recycling education programs that are offered on an annual basis including:

Environmental Educators also accommodate presentation and education events as requested. Email to request a presenation or recycling program. 

For Educational Resources click here

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