Upper Monroe Neighborhood Association

Recycling in the Upper Monroe Neighborhood

Making Upper Monroe Neighborhood Sparkle

By Frank J. Regan

The Upper Monroe Neighborhood has always been interested in recycling and keeping our neighborhood free of debris.  Besides having a litter-free neighborhood that looks great, consider the Broken Windows theory:

 “The broken windows theory is a criminological theory of the norm setting and signaling effect of urban disorder and vandalism on additional crime and anti-social behavior. The theory states that monitoring and maintaining urban environments in a well-ordered condition may stop further vandalism as well as an escalation into more serious crime.”

Each year our neighborhood is an important part of the City of Rochester’s Clean Sweep program, where we spruce up everyone’s neighborhood.  I’ll post this event on our website’s new Recycling page when I get the time and date for this year’s pick-up:

We are still seeing folks putting  their old TVs and computers out on the curb even though since January 1st of this year it is illegal for haulers to pick them up and land-fill them.  It’s part of the new E-waste law, the Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act  by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. There are so many good things you can do with those old (working or not working) e-waste things, which are filled with so many toxic materials, that it is inexcusable to curb them.  By 2015 anyone who puts out their old e-waste to the curb will be fined.  At our Recycling page, check out “Computer & TV Recycling” where we’ll give you lots of e-waste recycling choices.  The thing to remember is that because of the new NYS E-waste law businesses want your old e-waste—as it pays.

At our last UMNA meeting, Zachary Hussion, Marketing and Program Manager of Sunnking, talked about two great e-waste programs our neighborhood can be a part of.  The first is the Free Residential E-Scrap Drop Off Locations where you can take your e-waste locally.  UMNA is working on setting up a location for this in our area, but until then check Sunnking’s Residential E-Scrap Drop Off Locations & Hours .  The second is Electronics Recycling Events where, with critical help from Sunnking, our neighborhood might set aside one day and collect all local e-waste—and make some money.  Details of future developments on these efforts will be posted on our Recycling web page.

Also, don’t forget Monroe County is now able to recycle most plastics.  Print this page out and magnetize it to your refrigerator so you won’t forget to recycle:  If you are finding that you now have so much stuff to recycle that your bin is overflowing, don’t worry. Call 311 and the City of Rochester will get you another one.  Stomp down your overflowing bins and please don’t let that stuff blow around our neighborhood.

Finally, if you want to get involved with local recycling issues, think of joining our Rochester Sierra Club Zero Waste Committee: 

Where do you recycle stuff in Monroe County?

Donate Recycle Reuse (DRR) (Updated January 10, 2013) Check out this special resource for recycling opportunities for the Rochester area. This "Donate Recycle Reuse" list by one of your neighbors makes it easy to recycle in our area. It's a work in progress so, send Jeanette your additions or corrects make sure that next discarded item doesn't go in the landfill. For questions and ideas about this page contact Jeanette

  • Reduce the amount of junk mail you receive by calling the following toll-free number: 1-888-567-8688.
  • Don't throw that hazardous waste out! Call Monroe County, schedule a drop off and there you go: Monroe County HHW "Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Appointment Scheduler "
  • Recycle difficult recyclable stuff: I’m passing this note from the Federation of Monroe County Environmentalists NOW - ? Recycle difficult-to-recycle stuff. Recycle plastics #3-#7 Durand United Church of Christ at 4225 Culver Road, Irondequoit (clean, dry and in a plastic bag - include containers from takeout, yogurt, cottage cheese, salad bar, etc.; bags from UPS deliveries, produce, dry beans, DVD cases, etc; misc items such as hangers, packaging plastic, bottle caps). Recycle non-rechargeable batteries RCRR 7318 Victor-Mendon Rd or new store Batteries Plus in the Tops plaza on Jefferson Road in Henrietta (no car batteries). Recycle fluorescent or CFL light bulbs (which contain mercury) at any Home Depot. Must be less than 2' long. Recycle your computer parts, working or not working, at most Goodwill stores and at RCRR 7318 Victor-Mendon Rd .
  • This is the official guided for residential recycling in Monroe County. Most of your recycling questions for our region are answered here. Residential Recycling "The following containers, paper materials and license plates (defaced) should be placed in your recycling box and taken to the curb before 6:30 a.m. on your regular trash collection day. Click here to download a recycling guide. " MyMonroe. Opening Up Government. | Monroe County, NY
  • Good document to become familiar with as it’s for recycling in our area, now that we recycle plastics 1-7. Monroe County CURBSIDE RECYCLING & RECOVERY "Monroe County residents are now able to place plastic products labeled 1-7 in their recycling bins for curbside recycling and recovery. Residents can now recycle drinking cups, yogurt containers and take-out containers, just to name a few. If the bottom of an item is marked with any number between 1 and 7, and is surrounded by the “recycle” logo, it is safe to go to the curb. Residents can now recycle metal cookware and foilware." from CEI: Center for Environmental Information

Official Rochester, NY area recycling information

  • As suggested by Caitlyn Kid's Paper Recycling Guide "The environment is one of the most important aspects of life that we face today. Environmental issues such as using and abusing natural resources, and the need to preserve our resources is a pressing issue for all to consider. However, helping to preserve the environment by recycling is a job that all people need to help. Adults need to be responsible citizens of the Earth by recycling paper, plastic and larger items, while conserving natural resources such as water and oil. Not only do adults need to work at conserving resources, but also help teach children about the importance of recycling. " from Printer Paper, Avery Labels, Computer Paper, Laser and Inkjet Supplies
  • Recycling & Composting - NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation Schools, businesses, industries and residents across New York students are making a difference in their communities with programs to reduce waste, reuse, recycle and composting. With these programs we are saving energy, reducing pollution, conserve resources, saving landfill space and making jobs! Besides these long-range benefits of good environmental stewardship, these programs help provide healthier surroundings for communities.
  • What you can and cannot put in the Monroe County Curbside Recycling Program. Residential Recycling and check out the document: Material the curbside Recycling Program Does Not Include:
  • For Household Hazardous Waste Environmental Services | Monroe County, NY
  • Brooks Launches “Refill Not Landfill” Campaign To Protect Environment County Executive Maggie Brooks launched the Refill Not Landfill campaign, the latest initiative in Monroe County’s efforts to protect the environment. The nationally recognized campaign encourages all County residents to use refillable containers along with household tap water instead of consuming disposable water bottles in an effort to reduce landfill waste. --from MyMonroe. Opening Up Government. | Monroe County, NY
  • Environmental Services | Monroe County, NY Recycling has been mandatory in Monroe County for residents and businesses/institutions since 1992. Copies of the law and regulations are provided here for reference. The law states, in general, that residents must recycle steel, aluminum, glass (clear, green, and brown only), plastic (numbers 1 and 2 only) and paper (gable-top cartons/drink boxes) food and beverage containers. Empty steel aerosol cans (no pesticides or spray paint) may also be recycled. Residents must also recycle newspapers, magazines and corrugated cardboard. Large appliances are also required to be recycled—this is usually done by your garbage hauler.
  • News about Trash and Recycling is always important, especially when it's what the EPA is doing about these issues: Environmental Protection Agency - Press Releases - Trash and Recycling
  • Western Finger Lakes Authority Mailing Address - Western Finger Lakes Solid Waste Management Authority 9 Pearl Street, P. O. Box 36 Lyons, NY 14489 -Phone (315)946-7650 FAX (315)946-7657 1-800-724-3867 -Email
  • Wastes | US EPA Each year, Americans generate millions of tons of waste in our homes and communities. EPA is challenging all citizens to conserve our natural resources by committing to reduce, reuse, and recycle at home, in your community, and at the office. Learn what you can do to make a difference.
  • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle & Compost - NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation We all use tons and tons of "stuff" in our lifetimes-like the 25 billion Styrofoam cups Americans use and dispose of each year. These items are filling up our landfills and our landscapes. Some-such as plastic six-pack rings-are even responsible for killing wildlife. Instead of buying more "stuff" and throwing it away, try the three "R"s and a "C."
  • Been wondering what happens to your recycled products? Take a tour of the Monroe County Recycling Center, located at 1845 Emerson Street can be scheduled for community, scouting and school groups. Tours of the Monroe County wastewater treatment plants and the Mill Seat Landfill are subject to the operational, seasonal, and maintenance schedules of each facility.
  • Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act - NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation "The NYS Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act (PDF) (38 kb) (Article 27, Title 26 of the Environmental Conservation Law) was signed into law by the Governor on May 28, 2010. The law will ensure that every New Yorker will have the opportunity to recycle their electronic waste in an environmentally responsible manner. The law requires manufacturers to establish a convenient system for the collection, handling, and recycling or reuse of electronic waste. Manufacturers of covered electronic equipment will be responsible for implementing and maintaining an acceptance program for the discarded electronic waste, with oversight by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation. " -from New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
  • New York Product Stewardship Council "The New York Product Stewardship Council is a newly formed body dedicated to shifting New York’s product waste management system from one focused on government funded and ratepayer financed waste diversion to one that relies on Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR), or Product Stewardship, in order to reduce public costs and drive improvements in product design that promote environmental sustainability. "

Recycling options for the Rochester, NY area

  • The Freecycle Network - Posts on the Rochester Group "Our mission is to build a worldwide gifting movement that reduces waste, saves precious resources & eases the burden on our landfills while enabling our members to benefit from the strength of a larger community. "
  • Call2Recycle US > Recycling Your Rechargeable Batteries and Cell Phones "Call2Recycle® is the only free rechargeable battery and cell phone collection program in North America. Since 1996, Call2Recycle has diverted over 60 million pounds of rechargeable batteries from the solid waste stream and established a network of 30,000 public collection sites. Advancing green business practices and environmental sustainability, Call2Recycle is the most active voice promoting eco-safe reclamation and recycling of rechargeable batteries and cell phones. Founded in 1994, Call2Recycle is operated by RBRC, a non-profit organization. "
  • Donations, especially Rochester-area donations, are a great way to recycle. Instead of throwing out those old clothes, furniture or appliances, why not donate them to a local worthy cause. Check out Friends Helping Friends - "We need the donations of furniture, household items, clothing, old appliances and just about anything that's NOT GARBAGE. We can use it or find someone else who can use it. We will pick up from your home and will do clear outs." --from Friends Helping Friends
  • The Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (ABVI)- Goodwill Industries of Greater Rochester, Inc. Share the Goodwill By donating your gently used clothing and household items or shopping in one of our six fabulous stores, you are doing your part to enhance programs, services and employment opportunities for people of all ages who are blind or visually impaired.
  • Community Wishbook The Community Wishbook is your source of wish list items and volunteer services needed by more than 220 not-for-profit agencies in and around Rochester, NY. Use the Wishbook listings to find an agency that needs your donated item* or volunteer skill. Then call the contact person at the agency to make arrangements for delivery or pickup of a listed item, or for details on volunteering.
  • Remember to Recycle the big things too: Volunteers of America of WNY Volunteers of American will pick up gently used appliances, furniture, clothing, and other household items. (VOA reserves the right to refuse specific items.) FOR FREE in Monroe County. Call 647-1150 to schedule your free pick up. Items must be in usable condition (except clothing which is recycled. VOA also accepts car, boat, and RV donations.
  • New York State Association for Reduction Reuse and Recycling NYSAR3 is about you, the people of New York State interested in learning about, supporting and promoting recycling in New York State. This section is about how you can be involved. If you are not a member the first thing that you can do is join. NYSAR3 membership is inexpensive and affordable to all. By joining you will receive a variety of benefits including the Network, NYSAR3's newsletter; access to the NYSAR3 listserve; discounts at NYSAR3 and Federation Conferences; automatic membership in the National Recycling Coalition and if you represent a business you will get a free listing on the NYSAR3 businesses page. NYSAR3 encourages you to patronize our sponsors and members whenever possible.
  • Recycling in Brighton - Color Brighton Green This page lists ways to recycle common household items in Brighton. -from This page lists ways to recycle common household items in Brighton. Home Page - Color Brighton Green
  • RecycleinME is a marketplace for scrap metal, non metal scrap, plastic scrap, rubber scrap and paper scrap. Here you will find scrap metal, scrap metal prices, scrap metal suppliers, , scrap metal buyers, scrap metal offer to buy and sell along with other various categories of scrap. Register Now and start receiving business leads.
  • Junk Mail - How to Stop Receiving Junk Mail If you’re interested in living a more eco-friendly lifestyle, here’s something you can do that will help protect the environment and preserve your sanity: reduce the amount of junk mail you receive by 90 percent.
  • Got old bike and bike parts?R Community Bikes: Rochester, New York "R Community Bikes is a grassroots, 501(c)3 organization that collects and repairs used bicycles for distribution, free of charge, to Rochester, NY's most needy children and adults. Our mission is meeting the basic transportation needs of those in the community who depend on bikes for recreation as well as for transport to work, school, rehabilitation programs, and training sessions. For this segment of the population, both quality of life and the ability to participate in our community are greatly enhanced when our mission is achieved. R Community Bikes also provides a venue for the Rochester bicycling community to conduct educational programs relative to bicycle safety and maintenance. We are open to the public on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm at our warehouse at 226 Hudson Ave. (at the intersection with Woodbury Street). In addition, on Wednesdays in the summer we conduct bike repairs at St. Joseph's House of Hospitality at 402 South Avenue. "
  • Where do you recycling rechargeable batteries? Enter your zip code and find out: Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation. Also find out about recycling lead-acid based batteries from Battery Council International BCI actively promotes the recycling of spent lead-acid batteries and the use of recycled materials in the production of new batteries. As part of this endeavor, the organization collects statistical data to provide the annual recycling rate of lead-acid batteries. BCI also developed model battery recycling legislation at both the state and federal levels in the U.S., as a way to efficiently recover valuable resources and keep recyclable materials out of the waste stream. The model has been adopted by legislatures in 37 states across the country.
  • Recycle and help make money for your school: Ink Jet & Cartridge Recycling Fundraiser The Monroe County Department of Environmental Services & Imagine it… are excited to announce an ongoing fundraising program promoting recycling at home, in schools or at your place of business. It is a simple program that protects the environment and promotes recycling while helping your favorite school or charity programs.
  • Recycling and Composting Online Paper recycling news and trends / The latest news in composting and wood waste management
  • Imagine It Recycling "Imagine it Fundraising Through Recycling is a unique niche in both the fundraising and recycling world. Established in 2002 with the intention to create a simple fundraising program with little effort to all involved. Companies can donate without opening a check book and charities maintain a consistent funding stream with little effort . Currently servicing over 2500 locations in the Upstate NY region, Imagine It has created an easy and FREE recycling program that concentrates on the most important component in out Sustainability efforts... REUSE! In this ever changing electronic evolution Imagine It offer to WIN WIN WIN solution. Together, we can do a world of good. "
  • Catalog Choice - Control the catalogs you receive in the mail "The free service that lets you reduce unwanted mail and choose how you hear from brands "
  • Organics Recycling Portal "Welcome to the Empire State Development (ESD) Organics Recycling Portal, which lists many resources to help you divert organics into value added products. Use the links to network, find information, or locate composters or other businesses that recycle organics. Review the case studies to learn how businesses, institutions, and government are involved in organics diversion. " -from Empire State Development
  • Want to opt out of getting all those phone books you no longer use?Opt Out of Yellow Pages, White Pages & Phone Books Delivery, National Yellow Pages Opt Out Site
  • Where do you recycle those plastic bags in the Rochester, NY region? Go here: Recycling of plastic bags and polyethylene (PE) film is not available everywhere; however, many retail stores and some municipal drop-offs in the United States collect plastic bags and polyethylene film for recycling. This web site provides the public, municipalities and businesses a means to identify retail stores and recovery facilities that collect plastic bags and film for recycling.

Recycling that old computer

  • What to do with that old computer? Here are some links for properly disposing of that old computer, which is very toxic and shouldn't go into the ground Computer Take Back Campaign - eCycling - EPA - TechSoup - Recycled Hardware: Ten Tips for Donating a Computer - - Microsoft Authorized Refurbisher (MAR) Program - Electronics Recycling
  • Where to donate that old computer. One of my favorite long-time shows Sound Bytes, which was my education about computer and the Internet for years and years, has a list of places you can donate that old computer: Donate! - Sound Bytes
  • Recycle your computer for a worthy cause: Computers for Humanity Flower City Habitat for Humanity and the Micrecycle Computer Recycling for Education Program have partnered to help close the Digital Divide by putting a computer into every Habitat for Humanity home in Rochester, NY. " A Mouse in Every House" Each Habitat homeowner will receive a quality computer refurbished by the Micrecycle computer-recycling program, Internet access provided by Netsville, helpdesk and hardware support provided by the CommuniTech and The Academy for Career Development HelpTech programs. Additionally, free training will be available to the one hundred and twenty one Habitat for Humanity homeowners through the network of 27 Cyberlink Community Technology Centers located in the Rochester area. To make this project a success, we are depended upon individuals, groups and companies like yours to donate the computers, internal computer hardware, monitors and peripherals, or cash to purchase the items listed below that will be used to create the systems that will be delivered to the Habitat
  • Electronics Recycling | Region 2 | US EPA "Because consumer electronics like personal computers, TV's, cellphones, and stereo equipment contain lead and a variety of other hazardous materials, eCycling, the recycling of electronic equipment, helps protect the environment. And because electronics are becoming obsolete at an ever faster rate, their volume is growing two to three times faster than any other type of waste. It is projected that 500 million personal computers have been taken out of service from 2000 and 2007. "
  • Micrecycle: Home Our mission is to provide computers for education. Micrecycle refurbishes donated equipment to supply high-quality, affordable computers to families, schools and community organizations. We support community technology access and training for all members of the greater Rochester community. Micrecycle is a volunteer-based program dedicated to the vision that all people have affordable access to the benefits of computer and information technology. Micrecycle is a program of Action for a Better Community, Inc.
  • More on Recycling Electronic Waste in our region: Besides the new e-waste law The Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act - NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation, the NYS DEC has more information on properly recycling e-waste: Used Electronic Equipment "Management of Used Electronic Equipment in New York State What is Used Electronic Equipment? Used electronic equipment can encompass a variety of equipment including, but not limited to computers, CRTs, wireless telephones, electronic keyboards, mice, televisions, printers, monitors, portable digital music players, video cassette recorders, DVD players, Blu-ray disc players, digital video recorders, digital converter boxes, cable or satellite receivers, electronic game consoles, PDAs, facsimile machines, and photocopiers, etc. "
  • Don't throw that old computer and paraphernalia in the garbage: The Home Computer Program recycles donated computers. These recycled computers go to urban students. So far, over 1,000 students, many from Josh Lofton High School (Rochester, NY) have received computers.
  • Electronics, E-Scrap, E-Waste Recycling & Data Destruction | Sunnking "The mission of Sunnking, Inc. is to provide superior asset management and recovery services to business and government organizations by using proven reuse and recycling techniques that maximize asset value, promote environmental sustainability and meet the data sanitation requirements of our clients. "
  • Recyclebank "Recyclebank is working towards a world without waste by rewarding people for taking everyday green actions. It’s free to join and as easy as 1, 2, 3. Earn points for taking everyday green actions, redeem them for great rewards, and learn ways to save money and live greener every day! "
  • Rochester Computer Recycling and Recovery.


Monroe County


Monroe County residents are now able to place plastic products labeled 1-7 in their recycling bins for curbside recycling and recovery. Residents can now recycle drinking cups, yogurt containers and take-out containers, just to name a few. If the bottom of an item is marked with any number between 1 and 7, and is surrounded by the “recycle” logo, it is safe to go to the curb. Residents can now recycle metal cookware and foilware.

NYS Plastic Bag Reduction New York State's Plastic Bag Reduction, Reuse and Recycling Act Effective January 1, 2009, a new statewide law requires certain retail and grocery stores to set up a plastic carry out bag recycling program for their customers. Stores with 10,000 square feet or more of retail space and chains which operate five or more stores with greater than 5,000 square feet of retail space, and which provide plastic carry out bags to customers, are required to comply with the law. Why Recycle Plastic Bags? Each year, Americans throw away more than 100 billion plastic bags. Less than 1% are recycled. Recycling these bags reduces waste and litter, resulting in cleaner streets and waterways and less material in landfills. Recycling also protects wildlife because plastic bags can be dangerous to animals that ingest them or are strangled by them. In addition, using recycled plastic bags in place of virgin plastics reduces our demand for oil. Recycled plastic bags provide valuable material to manufacturers of plastic lumber, plastic bags and other useful products. Avoiding the Use of Plastic Bags Helps Even More


Brooks Launches Innovative Ecopark Website Expanding upon Monroe County’s commitment to protecting the local environment, Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks announced the official launch of the ecopark website, the latest project in parallel development with the ecopark. The ecopark will be a one-of-a-kind facility scheduled to be fully operational on September 21, 2011, and will be a one-stop-drop for difficult to dispose of recyclables. “The ecopark website serves as a valuable resource that answers residents’ most important recycling questions,” said Brooks. “This unique website is the direct result of the strong partnership between Waste Management of New York and the County’s very own Department of Environmental Services, and further enhances our efforts in sustaining our local environment for future generations.” The ecopark website, which can be accessed at, contains many convenient links containing information about recycling, reuse and the proper disposal of unwanted residential waste. The “ecopark prospector”, a useful navigation tool found on the right-hand side of the homepage, offers alternative local vendor options if the ecopark is unable to accept certain household items. MyMonroe. Opening Up Government. | Monroe County, NY is your one-stop shop for all you need to know about reducing your impact, reusing what you’ve got and recycling your trash. Get involved in our world by checking in for daily news, reading weekly feature stories, surfing product channels and opting into our weekly emails.


Recycling directories

  • - Find Recycling Centers and Learn How To Recycle In our recycling database, we can help you find over 100,000 recycling locations across the country. With information provided by local governments, industry insiders, organizations and everyday consumers, you can recycle hundreds of products from packing peanuts to computers. We know where you need to go to get things done. We also continue to maintain our bilingual hot line, 1-800-CLEANUP.
  • Eco-Cycle: Working to Build Zero Waste Communities Eco-Cycle is one of the largest non-profit recyclers in the USA and has an international reputation as a pioneer and innovator in resource conservation. We were created 30 years ago by everyday residents who had a passionate belief in conserving our natural resources. These Eco-Cycle volunteers brought recycling to town in 1976, making Boulder one of the first 20 communities in the U.S. to offer curbside recycling. We continue to be driven by these same passions and innovative actions.
  • Environmental Organization WebDirectory - Recycling Trying to find out how to recycle a difficult item. Here is probably the Internet's most comprehensive list of sites that will help. /li>
  • Recycler's World & "Recycler's World was established as a world wide trading site for information related to secondary or recyclable commodities, by-products, used & surplus items or materials."
  • Find all the areas around Rochester, New York to Reuse and Recycle EIA Environment: Consumer Education Initiative (CEI) - Reuse And Recycle Programs for New York--from EIA Environment: Consumer Education Initiative (CEI) - The EIA Consumer Education Initiative or "CEI" is a web-based information resource that provides consumers and others with information on recycling and reuse opportunities for used electronics. Participating manufacturers include an industry statement in a variety of media, including owner's manuals, company web sites, and product literature, directing consumers to the CEI web page where consumers can find recycling and reuse opportunities for used electronics in their area.
  • Here's a site that can help business recycling: MAT-EX Western New York Materials Exchange MAT-EX: Western New York Materials Exchange is a unique opportunity for businesses to exchange unwanted/unusable products that would otherwise be discarded, and/or locate free/inexpensive materials that can be used in daily business operations. MAT-EX does not list hazardous materials. MAT-EX involves over 20,000 businesses in the fifteen county region of Genesee, Livingston, Orleans, Wyoming, Erie, Ontario, Allegany, Steuben, Chautauqua, Monroe, Seneca, Tompkins, Niagara Consortium and the Western Finger Lakes region (Wayne and Yates Counties). We invite you to add listings to the Exchange and reply to existing listings. MAT-EX is a free online service.