; Cheryl Dinolfo, County Executive

Recycling Outreach Programs

Events & Presentations

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. 

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 visited 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

For Educational Resources click here

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