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Aerosol Cans

Empty aerosol cans that contained paint or pesticide must be thrown away in trash. See “Hazardous Household Waste (HHW) Facility for full or partially full cans.

Other empty cans can go in the Monroe County curbside bins (oil, cosmetic, etc).

Anything (or almost anything)

When you have an unneeded or wanted item, put it in a box and when the box is full, recycle or donate all the items.


If it is still working and/or in good condition:

Find a Rochester non-profit that could use it:

List it on Craig’s List for free: or


Check the Monroe County EcoPark website to learn what they take. Find an item using the Prospector on the right side of the web page.


Send an email to your friends, they may be looking for stuff or have heard of a need.

Check out the Western/Central NY Materials Exchange site:

Try this search engine that searches the web for free and 'for swap/trade' items people no longer need from over 45+ major sources

Look into the Rochester ReUse It group:

Sell it on

Have a garage sale or donate items to the Pittsford PTSA Super Sale in October.

If it is building/remodeling stuff, maybe someone else can use it through Habitat for Humanity:

MAT-EX was established as a reuse program for a 19-county region. MAT-EX typifies the adage that “one person’s trash is another person’s treasure.” MAT-EX can help a business or individual locate users for surplus materials or to find free or inexpensive materials. For more information, call 585-344-2580 x 5463 – or visit


Bring your stuff/contact for pick up general for these places (in alphabetical order)

ABVI-Goodwill stores. Drop box at Jefferson Plaza and other places

Asbury First United Methodist Church Storehouse:

Saint’s Place via St Louis Church 586-5675 (recorded message lists items they currently need), or

St Vincent DePaul Society, contact Peter Shadd 338-2330

Volunteers Of America (VOA) 647-1150 or

Wilson Commencement Park phone 263-7930.251 Joseph Ave,

Air Conditioners, window units

If working, check Community Wishbook (see “Anything”).

If no longer working, contact your waste hauler (may be an additional fee). They contain Freon that is dangerous to the environment. Towns often sponsor a once a year program to drop them off. Also see “Recycle Center.”

Aluminum foil

Aluminum foil and caps from jars now accepted in Monroe County curbside bin.

Reynolds Wrap® Foil Aluminum foil made from recycled aluminum is as clean and safe to use with food as foil made from new, also referred to as virgin, aluminum. The process of melting down the recycled aluminum requires heating the metal to more than 1200°F, which burns off any debris in the metal. Once it turns into a molten liquid, the aluminum is sent through a filtration process, poured and rolled into thin sheets.


See Metal, scrap.

Antifreeze (automotive)

See “Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Facility”.


Appliances that contain freon (refrigerators, dehumidifiers, air conditioners) must be disposed of appropriately. Contact your waste hauler as there may be an extra charge.

Many places need small appliances like toasters them for clients. Try Saint’s Place via St Louis Church 586-5675 or Habitat for Humanity ReStore at


Asbestos fibers that become airborne (friable) when disturbed are dangerous if inhaled—disposal must be done professionally. Call one of several contractors listed in the phone book under “Asbestos Removal and Abatement Services. See “Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Facility”.

Baby equipment

Check Community Wishbook (see “Anything”).

Birthright 924-1990

Sometimes there are recalls on car seats and toys.

Backpacks, duffle bags

Big need at all times for many in the Community Wishbook. (see “Anything”).

Any time of year, Hillside Children’s Center 436-4442


See “Plastic bags”.

Baked goods

Share some with your mail carrier, trash haulers, fire dept, group home (on Railroad Mills for example) to brighten their day!


Alkaline (dry cell) or Zinc,

Rechargeable (Ni-Cad, etc)

If new, check out Community Wishbook (see “Anything”).

Alkaline batteries. While the county would have us toss these in the trash, they do contain chemicals that can be harmful if released to the environment. Several local places do recycle them: Batteries Plus ($1.00/lb), Rochester Computer Recycling and Recovery and Brighton Farmer’s Market (see details below). For a fee-based battery recycling program, visit:

Rechargeable batteries. Many places take them to recycle. Used Nickel Cadmium (Ni-Cd), Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH), Lithium Ion (Li-ion), and Small Sealed Lead* (Pb). Commonly found in cordless power tools, cellular and cordless phones, laptop computers, digital cameras, two-way radios, camcorders, and remote control toys.) Preserve natural resources and keep discarded products out of landfills. Bring to any place that sells them, such as Wegmans (starting June 8, 2011) phone and electronics stores, office stores, big box stores or the Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Facility. For complete list & more info: or

Batteries Plus, 1100 Jefferson Road (Tops Plaza) 272-8787, (they also sell all types of batteries).

Rochester Computer Recycling and Recovery at 7318 Victor-Mendon Road Rt 251, phone 888-563-1340.

Brighton Farmer’s Market runs May 30-Oct. 31on Sundays 9-1pm located at the Brighton High School.

    Charge Up to Recycle! program, please call 1-800-8-BATTERY or to find a place near you, enter zip code into:

Car batteries (lead-acid) can be taken by individuals to retailers and service stations at no cost. A “$5 return incentive payment” is charged if you do not return a used battery when purchasing a new one. The $5 is refundable within 30 days from date of purchase upon return of used battery. Batteries Plus also takes car batteries.

Hearing aid batteries can be dropped off at Rochester Hearing & Speech locations (Elmwood Ave, W Ridge Greece, Ridge Rd Webster 271-0680) during business hours.


Donate unused beads and jewelry supplies to day care, Girl Scouts or Craft Bits and Pieces in Fairport at

Bed, mattresses

Saint’s Place 586-5675 or contact first to verify if needed.


R Community Bikes 226 Hudson Avenue, 234-2008

Hillside Children’s Center only in Spring, in good condition  436-4442

Second Life Bikes. Bikes in good condition or parts. Drop off at 15 Saddle Brook or, contact Sue Shepard-Davis at 385-1256,

Blue bins/curbside bin

See “Recycle Bins” for information on the correct items to place in the Monroe County curbside recycle bins.


Plastic bottles (soda bottles and soon water and other drink bottles) will have a refundable deposit. Grocery stores and business (like EZ Bottle and Can Return, 1259 Fairport Road) take them back and return the deposit and the Monroe County curbside bins accept plastics #1 and #2 and clear, green and brown glass.

Bottle caps

See “Plastic bottle caps.”


These are small household items like vases, pictures, floral arrangement, etc.

See “Anything”.


Give to a neighbor with younger kids, friend who also likes to read.

Donate to Pittsford Community Library, daycare centers, preschools, Goodwill, Hillside Children’s Center, Saint’s Place at St Louis Church, Pittsford PTSA Super Sale, etc.

Resell to Barnes and Noble in Pittsford Plaza or a second hand book store

Hardcover and softcover books (those that no one could use) can also be placed in the Monroe County curbside bins.

Also see Telephone books

Brake Fluid (automotive)

Take to HHW. See “Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Facility”.

Brighton Farmer’s Market

Working with the town of Brighton, they have done a lot to promote recycling in the area. Color Brighton Green has a booth at their Farmer’s Market (Every Sunday until October 31, 9 am–1 pm in the Brighton High School Parking Lot) and they recycle a variety of items. see for updates/changes. As of 1/2012, the items are:

        Orange prescription bottles with caps on. (Please, remove labels!) These are being collected to be used for medicine in third world countries.

        Drink pouches (Aluminum or plastic. No juice boxes.)

        Candy wrappers (Individual candy wrappers, large candy bags, and multi-pack candy bags.  No candy boxes or gum packaging.)

        Bubble wrap, packing peanuts or loose fill (usable and clean)

        Compact fluorescent lamps (CFL)

        Compact discs and DVDs

        Batteries (all kinds, not corroded and no car batteries)

        Crayons (leave labels on when possible)

        Wine corks (real or synthetic)

Personal care and beauty product packaging (Including, but not limited to: lipstick, hairspray, powder, mascara, eye shadow, shampoo, conditioner, bronzer, foundation, body wash, soap tubes and dispensers, lotion, shaving foam, chapstick, nail polish and remover bottles, eyeliner cases and pencils, concealer tubes and sticks, lipliner pencils, hair gel tubes, hair paste jars.)

Building supplies

Flower City Habitat for Humanity has a store that accepts items from a remodel or new items. They accept cabinetry, tile, lumber, house hardware, light fixtures, some appliances, etc. Contact them at 697-2012

ReHouse Architectural Salvage can also accept used building materials and remodeling objects, such as kitchen cabinets, sinks, doors, lighting, etc. Sale of donated items benefits the Vietnam Veterans and Genesee Country Museum & Village. Materials. Drop off materials at 1473 E. Main St, Rochester, or call to arrange pick up 288-3080.

Bubble wrap

Clean wrap (#6 Plastic (Polystyrene) and bubble wrap and packing peanuts) in good condition. Give to the UPS Store in Cobblestone Court across from Eastview Mall. Perhaps others if you ask.

Also bring them to the Brighton Farmer’s Market/Town of Brighton.


See “Light bulbs

Campbell’s soup labels

(and other labels like Prego) Church of the Transfiguration and St. Louis Church

Camping equipment

Boy Scouts at Otetitiana Council for underprivileged troops.

Candy wrappers

Individual candy wrappers, large candy bags, and multi-pack candy bags.  No candy boxes or gum packaging. Save and bring them to the Brighton Farmer’s Market/Town of Brighton.


See “Plastic bottle caps.”

Cardboard (corrugated)

This is the sturdy cardboard with flutes between multiple layers, often brown colored. Put it to curb in or next to the Monroe County curbside bins flattened, 2x4 feet maximum. If you have a large stack of flattened boxes, it should be tied together with string or twine.

Cardboard (non-corrugated= filler board)

Tissue paper boxes, tp rolls, cereal boxes, shoe boxes, back of a pad of paper. Just put it in your Monroe County curbside bin. See “Paper” also.


Donate them for craft projects to a Scout troop, day care center, etc.

St Jude’s is accepting used, all-occasion greeting cards from November 15, 2008 thru February 28, 2009. You can mail your donations (card fronts) to: St. Jude's Ranch for Children, Card Recycling Program, 100 St. Jude's Street, Boulder City, NV 89005. They turn them into new cards and resell them


Vehicle Donation Processing Center or

Volunteers of America 647-1150

National Kidney Foundation

ABVI/Goodwill has a car donation program:


Save gas by riding with someone else.

Uof R has a carpool web site. You get cheaper parking rates too!

Find a carpool out of time

Car seats

Child seats that are broken or have been in an accident should not be used. These and seats that are old (check with the manufacturer, some state lifespan is five or six years) are of mixed material. If you pull off the cloth, straps and metal parts, you can recycle the bulky plastic parts at EcoPark.

Catalogs/junk mail

Place in Monroe County curbside bins.

Reduce your unwanted mail. See “Mail.”

CD, DVD, VHS, video games, jewel cases

If your electronics just isn’t your taste any longer you can: Consider donating the DVD or VHS to a library or swap the media for another one someone else no longer wants at

The Monroe County curbside program will take them (new June 1, 2011) as will the Brighton Farmer’s Market/Town of Brighton.

But if you just want to let it go and not worry about it ending up in a landfill, send it to  or (CD Recycling Center, 68H Stiles Rd., Salem, NH 03079) for recycling. See products made of old “tape”

Videotapes get tangled and caught on everything so send tapes to ACT (,  that employs disabled people to clean, erase, and resell videotapes.

Cereal bags

When you finish a box of cereal (or most any food item with an inner bag), shake out the bag and use it to carry your sandwich to work or school or store other food, or use it to organize items in your house. 

See also Plastic bags. You can bring these to Wegmans for recycling!

Cell phones

Under the New York State Wireless Recycling Act, all wireless telephone service providers selling phones must accept cell phones for reuse or recycling. This law requires these businesses to accept up to 10 cell phones from any person or to provide shipping for phones.

Cell phones can be recycled locally at Home Depot, CVS, Staples, WalMart, Radio Shack, Sears, Lowes, Best Buy, Sam’s Club and Target. The Monroe County Household Hazardous Waste program also accepts used cell phones for recycling. Visit and click on Schedule a Household Hazardous Waste Appointment, or call 753-7600.

(option 3). Consult the internet for many not-for-profit opportunities to donate a used cell phone. Verizon stores. They have collected more than two million used wireless phones for the benefit of domestic violence victims and advocacy groups.

Cell Phones for Soldiers Since 2004 this group uses proceeds to raise money to help our troops purchase prepaid calling cards for troops.  Send phone clearly labeled “Cell Phones For Soldiers” to Cell Phone Recycling Center, 2555 Bishop Cir. W, Dexter, MI 48130-9916.

Also see and or  Also Seneca Park Zoo, Circuit City (1575 Marketplace Drive), Sunnking (637-8365) or Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Facility.

Charge Up to Recycle! program, please call 1-800-8-BATTERY or visit

Christmas décor

See “Xmas".

Clif Bars

Every year millions of non-recyclable energy bar wrappers end up in our landfills. TerraCycle and Clif Bar are working together to change that. As an eco-friendly innovator, TerraCycle is going to convert the used wrappers (All energy, granola, nutrition, cereal and protein bars with an inner foil lining are acceptable. They cannot accept wrappers that do not have the foil lining or candy wrappers) into unique accessories and other upcycled products. Once you have signed up for the Wrapper Brigade, TerraCycle will mail out 4 prepaid collection bags to your address. Once a collection bag is filled with 200 wrappers, send it back. The Wrapper Brigade program will allow almost any individual and organization to save energy bar wrappers from taking up space in our nations landfills. Clif Bar will donate $.02 per energy bar wrapper you collect to the charity of your choice. If you don't have a charity currently in mind, you may choose from a list of existing charities! There are no signup fees whatsoever. See

Clothes, gently used

March – Scouting for Food & Clothing program (bags on door & Wendy’s Rest. barrels)

June- summer clothing drive at Church of the Transfiguration

October – Coats for Kids run by Pittsford Woman’s Club often advertised via schools, library, businesses

October- Pittsford School PTSA Super Sale donate or consign*

November- winter clothing drive at Church of the Transfiguration

Anytime: (* indicates consignment and they usually take small household goods too)

Act 2 Consignment Shop*, 31 E Main St., Victor 924-7620

Anything Goes Clothing Consignment Shop*, 136 Fairport Village Landing, Fairport 223-3737

A Second Thought Resale Shop* (Heritage Christian Homes) 359 W commercial Street, E Rochester, 340-5730.

Bayden Street Settlement 325-4910,

Catholic Family Center 232-2050 1476 St Paul Street 9-5 pm

Emma’s Consignment Shop*, 24 High Street, Fairport 377-8180

Lu’s Back Door* 19 Jefferson Ave, Fairport, 377-4008

Matthew’s Closet, 316 Bay St., Rochester, 232-5160

Open Door Mission 210 West Main Street, Rochester, NY 454-6696,

Planet Aid boxes (yellow boxes) in various areas of town.

Second Hand Rose (50 State Street, Pittsford) 385-3681

St Pauly Textiles 292-0460, drop boxes: 292-0460. At Pittsford United Church on Sunset and South Main Street, 5375 W Henr. Rd/Moose Family Center or 1799 Lehigh Sta. Rd/Rush High School or 230 Pinnacle Road at Winton/Firehouse or 850 Bailey Road/Henrietta Fire Station.

St Vincent DePaul Society, contact Peter Shadd 338-2330

Elementary school size-Rochester Children’s Zone

Clothes, new underclothes

Eastern Service Workers (child ages 10-14) via Church of the Transfiguration

Clothes, unusable

Label the bag and drop in a Planet Aid box. They take unusable clothing items to recycle into shop rags. Unusable bedding/linen items are used in our production process. They compress the clothing into 100lb bales, which make them easier to handle and ship. The bedding is wrapped around the outside of the bale before it is tied and helps the bale maintain its structure.

Clothes, shoes

Most organizations that take gently used clothing also take shoes and sneakers. See list above.

Shoes only: Soles 4 Souls. Locally, drop shoes at Naples Creek Shoes and Leather, 10 Schoen Place, Pittsford, NY 14534 or call 585-586-9070.

Compact fluorescent light bulbs  (CFL)

See “Light bulbs”.


In good condition? Lots of non-profits can use them: or Also many towns and schools are now having collection drives.

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.” Therefore ask the manufacturer how to recycle electronic items.

If not in good condition, don’t just toss, let others use parts and discard safely: for a list of sites that recycle ewaste (eWaste Alliance Network)

Rochester Computer Recycling & Recovery, LLC, 7318 Victor-Mendon Road (Rt 251) Victor, NY 14564

Rochester Computer Recycling & Recovery, 395 Central Avenue, Rochester, NY 14605, (585) 546-6620,

Maven Technologies

Sunnking (637-8365).  This site has a comprehensive list of “Residential E-Scrap Drop Off Locations & Hours”

Imagine It

ABVI-Goodwill Reconnect program.

Alpco Recycling, 846 Macedon Center Rd, Macedon

Can Kings 1276 Fairport Rd 576-2790

Also see to dispose of electronic data storage media (floppies, CDs, etc) 1-800-305-3475.

Also see CD, DVD, VHS topic.

Confidential Papers

All types of paper that contains confidential information can be recycled after home shredding— place in clear plastic bag in your recycling bin. Many municipalities offer shredding services for residents with larger quantities of confidential paper at annual municipal recycling events.

Call your town/village for availability. Businesses can call Cascades Recovery (527-8110) for certified document destruction or a list of other companies can be found under the “Paper-

Shredded” section of the Yellow Pages.


Make yourself or a friend a cork board. Glue whole corks, of slice them in half lengthwise and put them in a picture frame.

Recycle them: Terracycle accept all corks! Natural, synthetic, wine, or champagne. See

The Brighton Farmer’s Market will take corks (real or synthetic). See Brighton Farmer’s Market.

To turn wine bottle corks (natural cork, not plastic ones) into flooring and wall tiles, ship them to these folks. See


This is a related topic….A way to reduce spending your money. Lots of different sites are out there, here are some posted in the D&C 11/08:;;;;;;

Craft supplies

Girl Scout troops, Day Care centers, Camps, Bible Schools, Christian Formation programs.

Craft Bits and Pieces in Fairport at

Child Care Council Recycle Shop at


If you have lots in good shape, donate them to a day care center or after school program, etc.

If the crayons are in broken, or well used, send them for reuse. See

Crocs (plastic shoes)

The manufacturer recycles used Crocs into new shoes and donates them to underprivileged families. Drop them off at any Bon-Ton (Eastview or Henrietta stores) or Journey’s store or the Factory Shoe Outlet (East Rochester Wegman’s Plaza off Marsh Road/Fairport Rd) or mail them to: Crocs Recycling West, 3375 Enterprise Avenue, Bloomington CA 92316.

Also most organizations that collect donated clothing would accept Crocs. See Clothing.

Curbside bin

The Monroe County’s recycling program. Bins used to be blue, but now each hauler handles recycling and may use a different color to indicate their company.


See “Pets”.


See CD, DVD, etc

Drink pouches

You can save and donate drink pouches (aluminum or plastic. No juice boxes.) to the Brighton Farmer’s Market/Town of Brighton.

Also see

Egg cartons

Some farmer’s markets will take the stryrofoam type.

The cardboard type can go into the County curbside bin.


The ecopark is an innovative partnership between Monroe County and Waste Management of NY that provides county residents with a “one-stop drop-off” to dispose of or recycle certain items. The ecopark is a drop-off facility and, except for household hazardous waste (HHW) materials, residents are responsible for unloading their own vehicle.

The ecopark will have two categories of drop-off services (click on each category for full details): 

        Regular Collections - Open weekly (Wed. - Sat., 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.) to accept items like: ewaste, scrap metal, clothing, curbside recyclables, bulky plastics, etc.

Special Collections - Open several times monthly to accept all Regular Collection items AND HHW (appointment required only for HHW), unwanted medications, refrigerant-containing appliances ($15 fee each) and passenger vehicle tires ($3 fee each)

Electronic Data Storage Media

Visit to responsibly and securely dispose of all of your electronic data storage media (hard drives, CDs, DVDs, Zip disks, floppy disks, etc.) and their cases—for a fee. For more information call 1- 800-305-3475. Residents should also call local computer recycling companies to see if they provide similar services.

Electronics (Walkman, radios, cassette players, cameras)

Hillside Children’s Center 436-4442

Donate to organization holding a tag sale (PTSA SuperSale, Benincasa) or to Saint’s Place.

Trade-in used working small electronic items thru and get a gift card to spend on new electronics.

Electronics (computers and related equipment)

See Computers or CD, DVD, VHS, etc topics.

Engine oil

If you change the oil on your car, lawnmower or other equipment recycle the oil at any service station that changes oil or a Quick Lube type place (up to 5 gal /day). Store in a clean rigid screw capped plastic container. Do not mix with other material and never dump it in the environment. Oil mixed with gasoline is accepted at the “Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Facility.”


Lenscrafters at Eastview Mall or any site. They can pass along or reuse the frames, lenses and cases. ( Target Optical department also has boxes.

Lions Clubs often place boxes around towns.

University of Rochester Eye Institute Optical Shop in the UR Medical Center.

Rochester Eye and Human Parts Bank 272-7890, 524 White Spruce Blvd., Rochester,

Organizations that rehab glasses and


County residents are encouraged to bring home-use cooking oil-fat to Monroe County’s Household Hazardous Waste program for recycling. Please DO NOT dispose of cooking oil down ANY drain. Visit http://www.monroecounty.govand click on Schedule a Household Hazardous Waste Appointment, or call 753-7600.

Certain inedible food waste (meat, fat, cooking oil, etc.) from restaurants or businesses can be recycled into products such as animal feed. For information contact Baker Commodities at 482-1880.

Film canisters

Most photo labs will accept them.

In Monroe county, you can put the black base (#2) plastic and top (usually #4) in the blue recycle bin.

Fire Extinguisher

The County’s Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Facility will accept fire extinguishers. Visit and click on Schedule a Household Hazardous Waste Appointment, or call 753-7600.

Flip Flops

For a limited time (May 2011). TerraCycle® partnered with Old Navy to collect used flip-flops at Old Navy stores through the Flip Flop Brigade or see

Fishing line

Mail to Berkley Recycling, which turns it into fish habitat structures: 1900 18th Street; Spirit Lake, IA 51360.

Flower pots

See “Pots”.

Food (nonperishable)

Pittsford Food Cupboard,

For a complete list of food pantries, see

Food Waste products

Do not put cooking fats (bacon grease, etc) down the drain. Residents can cool fats and place in glass or plastic jars and bring to Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Facility.

Some inedible food waste (meat, fat, cooking oil, etc) from restaurants and businesses can be recycled into products like animal feed. Contact Baker Commodities 482-1880.

Fluorescent light bulbs

See “Light bulbs”.


Kitchen table & chairs, coffee tables,  Saint’s Place via St Louis Church 586-5675

St Vincent DePaul Society, contact Peter Shadd 338-2330

Wooden (non upholstered) furniture - Habitat For Humanity ReStore and Rochester Greenovation

Consign with Finders Keepers, 124 S Main St, Fairport, 421-3750

Put at curb on nice day before garbage pickup with “Free” sign


Hillside Children’s Center 436-4442

Also contact camps, daycare centers, afterschool programs to ask if there is a need.

Donate to tag sales, Pittsford Super Sale, Goodwill, etc.

Gable top containers

Cardboard coated containers that have the four sides folded in to create a  roof-like top. They include half-gallon and quart milk containers, cream, ice tea or juice containers and kid’s juice boxes. Rinse them and put them in your Monroe County curbside recycle bin. For a one page summary of items to put in the bin, post by your recycle bin, on your refrigerator and on your trash can, see

Glue bottles and glue sticks

Starting April 2009, Elmers is providing boxes for classrooms to collect these items, then bring the full collection boxes to Walmart. See for details. Rinsed/clean glue bottles can go in the Monroe County curbside bins. Glue sticks container (free of glue) can also go in the curbside recycle bins.

Green websites

Here are just a few:

Rochester’s web site for going green:

Rochester environment web site provides lots of topics and local meetings/talks, etc. at

St John Fisher has a good resource:

U of R’s efforts:, and

Green Resources

Green Irene, eco-consultant at

For lots of information on lots of topics,

TreeHugger is the leading media outlet dedicated to driving sustainability mainstream at

Sierra Club local at  national:

Genesee Valley Chapter Adirondack Mountain Club at

Rochester Reuse It (apply as member)


Live simpler

New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)

Simple steps to protect the environment

Climate change info

For recycling ideas (but most have been incorporated here, ),21770,1835098-3,00.html), or or

Town of Brighton recycling efforts:

Material recycling web site for Monroe County.

Environmental info for Monroe County under Environmental Services

Energy sites:,;;

Carbon footprint calculators:;;;

Calculate your footprint:

Water consumption at, or

Electricity consumption:, or

transportation (school bus)

America Recycles Day (Nov 15)

Grass clippings

If your lawnmower doesn’t have a mulch option, create a compost pile (ask a neighbor if he/she wants them) or use them for a path rather than costly mulch. If you put chemicals on your lawn, they are taken up by the grass, so you shouldn’t use this compost atop your vegetable garden, but they are fine for annuals and perennials.

Hangers (clothing)

Dry cleaners may take them back or donate them to a second hand shop.

Monroe County curbside bins accept plastic and metal types (recycle the paper or roll in the paper bin).

Halloween candy

Nov 1-3 Open Door Mission via Park Road School PTSA or other schools

Health aids (walkers, crutches, DME, etc.)

InterVol collects and gets supplies to places that need them. This includes durable medical equipment as well as clean bandages, tape, empty pill bottles. For a complete list, see

Pittsford Ambulance Corps (40 Tobey Road, 385-2401) accepts donations of crutches, walkers, wheelchairs, etc. and residents can borrow them when they need them. Other town agencies may have a similar loaner programs.

Helium tanks

The county’s Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Facility program will accept helium tanks. Visit and click on Schedule a Household Hazardous Waste Appointment, or call 753-7600 (option 3).


Bicycle, motorcycle, other sports helmets should not be used after an accident (one “bounce in bike safety parlance). They do have a finite lifespan as the materials can degrade from UV and use over time. Check with the manufacturer- some state five year liefspan, Bell states three years. To recycle the thin plastic shell, separate the plastic from the Styrofoam, any straps and metal parts. Recycle the plastic in the Monroe County curbside bin.

Home Heating Fuel Oil Tank


If still on property, call AAA Universal Heating at 328-1423. For $595 they will pump, remove and dispose of the tank and oil. (Price effective as of 2/24/10 and is subject to change.)

Old heating oil can be brought to a county Household Hazardous Waste collection. Visit and click on Schedule a Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Facility Appointment, or call 753-7600.

Household goods

October to Pittsford School PTSA Super Sale

June to summer clothing drive at Church of the Transfiguration

Also see Anything (or almost anything) listing

Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Facility (Monroe County)

See this site for a list and discussion of items (like lawn and garden chemicals, paints, stains, cleaners) considered household hazardous waste: or

Make and appointment (at HHW site, EcoPark or town depending on schedules) and bring your items to them for proper disposal.).

Helium tank

Bring to the Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Facility

Hearing Aids

The Starkey Hearing Foundation ( recycles used hearing aids, any make or model, no matter how old. Lions Clubs also accept hearing aids (as well as eyeglasses) for reuse; log on to to find designated collection centers near you.

Also see Health Aids.

Home Heating Fuel Oil tank

Contact AAA Universal Heating 328-1423 if tank is on property and full for prices. Bring old oil to the Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Facility.


Bring in an old iPod to an Apple store and get 10% off a new one. Your out-of-date iPod will be broken down and properly disposed of. The catch? The discount is valid only that day, so be prepared to buy your new iPod.

If your IPOD still works, Lifespan and Penfield Place have started a program that uses the iPod to provide therapeutic benefit to residents. Contact Cindy at Lifespan (585) 244-8400 x 160.

Jewel case

See CD, DVD, etc


Consider having a jeweler remake it into something new.

Donate it to tag sales. Donate to Craft Bits and Pieces in Fairport at for crafters to reuse.

See Prom dresses, Pittsford Super Sale.

Mardi Gras beads: Send to the Arc of Greater New Orleans chapter and they'll resell them with profits going to eco-activism. Arc of Greater New Orleans, 5700 Loyola Ave., New Orleans, LA  70115, (504) 837-5105.

Juice bags/pouches

Because most are a combination of a plastic polymer and aluminum, these are not recyclable. But TerraCycle will donate 2 cents for each Honest Kids, Capri Sun, and Kool-Aid Drink pouch and 1 cent for any other brand you collect and send in to the charity of your choice. The organization provides free shipping, too. What does TerraCycle do with all those pouches? Turns them into colorful purses, totes, and pencil cases that are sold at Target and Walgreens stores throughout the country. To get started, go to

Juice boxes (gable top)

Remove the straw and put in the Monroe County curbside bins.

Junk mail

See “Mail”.

Kitchen ware (pots, pans, plates, silverware, etc)

Saint’s Place via St Louis Church 586-5675.

If they are old and not usable, you can put them in the Monroe County curbside bin. New June 1, 2011.


Donate to organizations that hold tag sales (churches, PTSA, VOA, etc)

Refer to “Clothing, gently used” for shops that take consignment household goods.


Crestwood Children’s Center contact her for current need

Donate to tag sales.

Light bulbs

Incandescent (old style) can go into garbage.

Compact Fluorescent lights (CFLs) use 75% less energy and last up to 10 times longer than comparable incandescent bulbs, hence they reduce your cost and energy and fuel used to generate power. However, CFLs contain mercury, which should NOT be put into household garbage. Bring CFLs or long tube bulbs to a retailer (Home Deport, Lowes) store for proper recycling. The Brighton Farmer’s Market will take CFLs. Alternately you can contact Hazardous Household (HHW) Waste Facility.

Tip: When you buy a CFL, tape the receipt to the box. When you install the light, write the date on the light in an obscure location and note on the receipt where you put the bulb. When the light burns out you can check how long it has lasted. If it has a significantly shorter than advertised lifetime, consider contacting the manufacturer for a refund.

Lighting fixtures

See building supplies.

Linen (sheets, blankets, bed spreads, towels)

Open Door Mission 454-6696

Saint’s Place via St Louis Church 586-5675

If in bad shape, Lollypop Farm 223-1330 or animal shelter for animal bedding.


Contact school libraries, nursing homes, after school programs, soup kitchens, medical waiting rooms to read or for cutting up for collages/projects.

Recycle them in your Monroe County curbside bin.


Reduce the amount of “junk” mail you get (5 years) through the post office by contacting:

Reduce your unwanted catalogs by entering information into or email, or

Opt out of receiving pre-approved credit card offers (5 years) 1-888-5-OPTOUT or

To stop mail from Direct Marketing Assoc (DMA) members visit (site also has credit card, mag    and other things to stop)

To stop “resident’ and “occupant” mailings, send email form to or 1-888-241-6760

A free, quick way to get your name off commercial mailing lists.

A paid service that stops your junk mail, and actively keeps you from getting back on mailing lists; promises to stop 90% of your junk mail in 90 days. Makes a great gift ($20/year).

Get your name off phonebook mailing lists.

Get off former employers lists,

Recycle ALL paper mail in your Monroe County curbside bin.


For quilting, Church of the Transfiguration 248-3922 for comfort blanket ministry

Also see “Crafts”.

Medical supplies

See “Health Aides”.


Don’t flush those outdated or unwanted drugs as they get into the water supply!

Medicines are accepted by the County Household Hazardous Waste. An appointment (at Ecopark or at various town events) is required. See to find a site or schedule an appointment.

Also see Monroe County Hazardous Waste facility (, 248-6250.

See also “Pill bottles”.

Mendon Market receipts

Drop them off at Benicasa, 3880 Rush-Mendon Rd (Rts 251 and 64) 624-8070


Mercury (from thermometers, thermostats, etc.) should be packaged in secondary containment (i.e. jug inside of pail) for transport and brought to Monroe County’s Industrial Waste section or an Household Hazardous Waste collection. An appointment (at Ecopark or at various town events) is required. See to find a site to schedule an appointment.

Metal, scrap

Monroe County curbside recycling accepts: empty steel/tin cans (including non-hazardous aerosol), empty aluminum cans/bottles, duratbel kitchen cookware (pots, pans & lids), non-durable aluminum foil and foilware (pie pans, roast pans, etc), license plates (should be cut in half or permanently defaced), metal lids/caps (from glass bottles, jars).

Scrap metal is a valuable commodity and resource. In many cases, if unwanted metal items (patio furniture, tool boxes, washers, old garbage cans, etc.) are left curbside on garbage day, it will be picked by people who look for such valuable material to take to scrap yards for cash. Unfortunately, a great deal of this resource ends up in local landfills.

Recycle it, don’t trash it. Some places will pay you, some will not. You will have to make the calls to find out which does and doesn’t. But, please don’t put metal in the landfills! Bring to Alpco 846 Macedon Center Road, 986-8900, They take motors, appliances, iron, steel, tin, aluminum, copper pipes, etc. They also are a full recycling center. Also see and,

Tool Thrift Shop at 126 Fairport Village Landing. 223-0484.

Metal tanks

See Propane tanks or Fire Extinguishers or Helium Tank or Home Heating Fuel Oil Tank.

Microwave ovens

See “Appliances.”

Monroe County Curbside Recycling

Check with your hauler for details as the county lists things that can be picked up, but not all haulers accept all items.

For a detailed description of things you CAN recycle (for haulers that comply with all items), go here.

For a one page summary to post by your recycle bin, on your refrigerator and on your trash can, see

For a two page summary, see

Motor oil

See “Engine oil”.


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Office Equipment

UR Med Center departments have a wish list for donations:

Find a Rochester non-profit that could use it:

Check out the Western/Central NY Materials Exchange site:

Special Olympics


See “Engine oil”.

Other things?

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Packing materials

Some are made of vegetable starch and are water soluble. If so, let the kids play in the sink and let them dissolve (but don’t run the water too long).

Save them with your gift wrap to use for packaging.

Bring them to the UPS Packaging store in Cobblestone Court (across from Eastview Mall) (along with #6 plastic and bubble wrap and air pillows) or give them to a friend who ships a lot of items. UPS does not take wadded up paper, so recycle that in the curbside bins.

Brighton Farmer’s Market/Town of Brighton will take packing peanuts and loose fill (usable and clean)


Nearly full gallons of relatively new paint, Habitat for Humanity ReStore.

For latex paint (1/3 gallon or less), mix with cat litter to absorb and when solidified, put in trash. Reference:

For oil based paint and latex paint (1/3 gallon or more), it is hazardous waste and must be discarded properly by the county facility. See


Use the back side for kids to doodle and figure math problems.

Cut 8 ½ x 11” sheet into quarters for grocery lists, to do lists, etc. (then recycle it),

Put it in the Monroe County curbside bins for pickup. The “Paper Caper” began in 1995. Paper items may be kept together by using a brown paper bag (except for holding shredded paper, do not use plastic bags). Almost any kind of clean paper product can be placed in the recycling bin (NO soiled papers, paper toweling or wet paper).

Newspapers, Magazines, Catalogs, etc.

Phone Directories

Paper Boxes—cereal, cracker, soda, tissue, shoe, gift, toy, etc.: discard plastic liners and flatten.

Pizza Boxes: discard all contents and flatten.

Junk Mail, Advertisements and Brochures

Home Office Paper, Files, School Papers, etc.: shredded paper in clear plastic bags only.

All Envelopes: window envelopes too!

Paperback and Hardcover Books

Gift Wrap and more!

Note: Most store receipts are printed on thermal paper, which should NOT be put in the recycle bin.  The coating usually contains BPA, so they contaminate the recycling stream. When it is made into new recycled paper, it creates brown spots. From Green American (Jan-Feb 2011)

Note: Photos, coated paper, laminated paper should go in the garbage.

Buy 100% recycled paper.

Bring shredded paper (not cross-cut paper) to Lollypop Farm 223-1330 or animal shelters for small animal bedding.

For a list of companies that can dispose of confidential papers (certified document destruction) see “Paper Shredded” in the yellow pages of the phone book.

Pet supplies

If you no longer have a pet, donate the supplies. They can use old blankets, shredded paper, office supplies, etc. See their wish lists

Lollypop Farm


Phone books

If you do not want to receive the white or yellow pages delivered to your home, go online and opt out.


See “Medicines”.


These should NOT go in the Monroe County curbside bin. They contain silver and heavy metals. The holiday cards with pictures of friends or bad prints need to go in the trash. You can consider making a collage or craft project with the kids!

Photo albums

Donate unused albums to tag sales or to Hillside Children’s Center 436-4442

Pill bottles

        These bottles CANNOT go into the curbside bin for several reasons as confirmed by MCRC 4/2012: 1) plastics are hand sorted and prescription bottles may have residue that compromise worker safety.2) many people do not rinse their containers prior to recycling, nor do they remove unwanted medications - this presents problems with worker safety, public health, poisoning, abuse, etc. 3) many people do not remove labels from empty prescription bottles - this could lead to criminal activity as private prescription information would accessible curbside for those seeking controlled substances from residences.

   Properly dispose of medications during a special Hazardous Waste collection.

You can save and donate empty bottles with caps on (please, remove labels!) to the Brighton Farmer’s Market /Town of Brighton to be used for medicine in third world countries or InterVol at

Plants (outdoor)

Put a “Free to good home” sign next to plants in old pots by your curb.

Send an email to friends. Contact schools, daycare centers, Ronald McDonald house

Plants (indoor)

YMCA, churches, camps (not hospitals or daycare centers as they can have allergies)

Plastic bags

Grocery stores have recycle bins for #2 and #4 plastic shopping bags.

RECYCLE more types of plastic bags: Wegmans, Bags that held groceries, produce, bread or newspapers, Any clean, dry bag labeled #2 or #4, although most bags don’t have the recycling code imprinted on them, Plastic wrapped around tp, napkins, paper towels, diapers & water bottles, Plastic food storage bags, Dry cleaning, Bags inside cereal boxes. You can even wash and dry bags that hold frozen vegetables or prewashed salad greens. No plastic wrap, dirty bags, plastic that crinkles (like wrap around peanut butter crackers.

Consider using cloth bags or paper bags rather than one time use bags.

Use for packing a gift and as packing material when putting decorations away.

Beginning on Earth Day, Thursday, April 22, 2010, Abundance Food Cooperative will begin charging for disposable store bags - 5¢ each for plastic and 10¢ each for large paper. See:


Monroe County curbside recycling accepts: containers, lids & caps, flatware (forks, spoons, knives), buckets, plant containers, cups, product packaging, CD/DVD cases, laundry baskets, recycling bins (broken). They DO NOT accept stryrofoam, prescription medicine bottles & caps, dirty items, containers that had hazardous materials.


Here is a cheat sheet. The plastics industry has put the recycle symbol on plastic to identify what a certain plastic is made of:
No. 1: Polyethylene terephthalate (PET, PETE), the most widely recycled plastic, is used for soft-drink bottles and is also commonly found in textiles, which explains why a bottle can be turned into fleece.

No. 2: High-density polyethylene (HDPE) is used for detergent bottles and grocery bags.

No. 3: Polyvinyl chloride (PVC or vinyl) is what salad-bar containers are made from.

No. 4: Low-density polyethylene (LDPE) is used for dry-cleaning and fresh-produce bags.

No. 5: Polypropylene (PP) is what makes bottle caps, yogurt cups, and drinking straws. See Note below for recycling #5.

No. 6: Polystyrene (PS) is also known as Styrofoam. If clean and in good condition (also bubble wrap and packing peanuts) deliver to the UPS Store in Cobblestone Court or other locations. Styrofoam egg cartons can be recycled at Dolco Packaging, PO Box 1005, 2110 Patterson Street, Decatur, IN 46733-5005. Call 260-728-2161 or visit for information. Large pieces of polystyrene only are accepted for recycling by Thermal Foams, Inc. Call 247-0324 for more information.

No. 7: These “other” plastics, such as polycarbonate baby bottles, are generally not recyclable at most centers. See notes below for #7.

The American Plastics Council


Note on #7: The current concern about polycarbonate water bottles/#7 may leach BPA (bisphenol-A) into the water over time. The current recommendation is to use a stainless steel bottle or BPA-free plastic sports water bottle. Recommended plastics are #2/HDPE (most Nalgene bottles are #2), #4 or #5.  Avoid using bottles that are #1 and #7.


For more information about plastic classification info for #1-7, see


Locally, The Brighton Farmer’s Market will take Plastic #3 through #7 containers and lids, clean and dry as well as the orange/brown prescription medication bottles and caps. Unnumbered plastic lids or caps are OK. (No styrofoam or egg containers!) The BFM market runs May 30-Oct. 31 on Sundays 9-1pm located at the Brighton High School.


PLA (polylactic acid) A substance made from cornstarch or sugarcane that can stand in for petroleum-based plastics in items like drinking cups and straws.


Drink pouches and other plastic wrappers or Brighton Farmer’s Market.

Plastic bottle cap

They’re made from a plastic that melts at a different rate than the bottles, and they degrade the quality of the plastic if they get mixed in. The caps can go in your Monroe County curbside bin, but they must be REMOVED from the milk jug/bottle.

You can save them for an Aveda Re-Cap Program. For additional information, see


For flowers/plants. If you don’t’ want them, maybe a friend or garden club member might. Ask around or put them at the end of your drive or next to your community dumpster with a “free” sign. Plastic ones can go in the Monroe County curbside bins.

Prescription bottles

See “Pill bottles.”

Printer cartridges

Most school have a collection box as do most office supply places, many charitable organizations, Church of the Transfiguration, Southeast YMCA, University of Rochester in several places. Metro Cartridge

offers refilling of cartridges at several local retail locations. Goodwill offers cartridge recycling through its Project Reconnect: - They are melted down and reworked. Also see Imagine for more info.

Produce (garden/tree overstock)

Family, friends and neighbors, Pittsford Food Cupboard (call 264-9860 to make sure it can be used in a timely manner), hospices, senior living centers, Heritage Christine Homes, etc. Especially good for zucchini in August!

Prom Dress, etc.

Collection (Jan-March) of fancy clothes (<3 years old) by Fairy Godmothers of Greater Rochester to support girls in financial need with April event. See

Propane tanks

Taylor Rental – 205 North Ave., Webster – 872-2770. Will take 20, 30, 40 and 100 lb. tanks (free). Suburban Propane – 3325 Chili Ave., Chili Center 889-3770 – ($4 each tank), Jackson Welding Supply – 535 Buffalo Rd. – 235-2920. Will take 20, 30, 40 and 100 lb. tanks ($5.00 disposal fee)

Schedule a Household Hazardous Waste Appointment, or call 753- 7600. Do not put in curbside program


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Radioactive material

Contact Monroe County Health Dept. 753-5600 (business hours only) or State Health Dept. (24-hour hotline – 1-518-465-9720). Also call 911.

See also, smoke detectors that contain small amounts of radioactive material.

Recycle, general info

Check out these great sites:, also see

Also see “Anything (or almost anything)” entry.

Recycle bins (Monroe County Blue boxes)

To find out what you CAN and CANNOT put into your garbage and recycle bins in Monroe County, go to: Monroe County

Also, contact your waste disposal company (Waste Management, Heberle, etc).

See also “Paper”.

The Netter Recycle Bin cover. A mesh cover that fits snugly over the recycle bin to prevent items from blowing out and away, is easily removed by recycler and won’t get tossed. Contact


If you remove a cabinet, sink, tile, etc, the Habitat for Humanity ReStore may be able to use it/sell it for a small amount to someone who just loves that chandelier! See Building supplies.

If you tear out brass pipes, aluminum duct work, etc, recycle it at Alpco 846 Macedon Center Road, 986-8900,


Remove doors to prevent a child from being trapped. Contact your hauler (there may be additional fee). If buying a new one, delivery folks may take old one. Contact camps for needs. Bring to Alpco 846 Macedon Center Road, 986-8900,

School supplies

Have a year-end collection of items in your child’s school from students and teachers/staff to collect gently used binders, books, paper, games, etc.

Mitch Nellis with Greenseed Educational Supplies collects supplies from east side towns and donated them to various schools, social outreach programs  857-0438 cell.

Scout uniforms (Cub and Boy Scout)

Hillside Children’s Center 436-4442

Boy Scouts on 474 East Avenue, 244-4210, will give them to inner city troops. Drop them off.

Day cares as dress up if vintage style.

Scrap metal

See Metal, scrap.

Sewing items

Material scraps, buttons, beads, patterns, yarn, ribbons, art supplies, etc to Craft Bits and Pieces, 138 Fairport Landing Village, Fairport at

Sharps (Syringes, lancets, etc)

Sharps must be in an approved sharps container OR in a two-liter plastic soda bottle or a rugged laundry soap bottle with the cap taped on and labeled “sharps” and may be brought to the Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Facility with or without an appointment. You can get labels from the DES 753-7600. Additionally, area hospitals and nursing homes accept sharps for proper disposal.

Shoes, purses

See Clothing or Sneakers.

Six-pack rings

Put them in the County curbside bin.

Six-pack rings and other plastic debris can frequently be seen littering roads and waterways.  Six-pack rings are also dangerous to wildlife – animals get entangled in them, snare their feet, or get their beaks or muzzles wrapped in them.  Recycle six-pack rings by sending them to: ITW Hi-Cone, Attn: Recycling Dept., 1140 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., Itasca, IL  60143-9918,
(630) 438-5300 x406.

Schools can join a program called Ring Leader Recycling Program (; kids collect six-pack rings to be recycled into other plastic items, including plastic lumber and plastic shipping pallets.

Small things

Rochester School #7 via Church of the Transfiguration 248-3922. Used as learning incentives as gifts for student’s parents.

Donate to tag sales, PTSA Super Sale, Goodwill, Volunteers of America, Veteran groups, etc.

Smoke detectors

Most common type of smoke detector contains a small amount of Americium 241, a radioactive material. First Alert makes the majority of detectors takes only First Alert & BRK smoke detectors (you pay for shipping); call 800-323-9005 for information.  For other brands, see


Recycle (those not reusable) Monroe County EcoPark. Most places that collect clothing also take athletic sneakers and shoes. See Clothing.

If in good shape, donate them to places that accept clothing or donate them to needy athletes in the United States and around the world through Mail them to One World Running, P.O. Box 2223, Boulder, CO 80306, or call 303-473-1314.

For information on the Nike retread program, see The closest drop off site is Nike Factory Store in Waterloo Outlet Center. Save them up and next time you drive east, make a quick stop! Do not donate sneakers with metal, cleats, dress shoes or wet, muddy or damp shoes.

Soup/broth boxes

These gable-topped boxes can go in the Monroe County curbside bins. You do not need to remove the spout on the box.

Sports equipment

Bring it to Play it Again Sports, 1900 Empire Boulevard, Webster, to resell, 359-0740

Donate it to camp, or a younger neighbor, to Bayden Street Settlement 325-4910, or Special Olympics

Storm drains

It is really important to know about the cycle of water. Stormwater runoff is precipitation from rain or snowmelt that flows over the ground.  As it flows, it can pick up debris, chemicals, dirt, and other pollutants and deposits them into the storm drain, storm sewer system or waterbody.  Anything that enters a storm sewer system is discharged untreated into the waterbodies we use for swimming, fishing, and drinking water.  To keep the stormwater leaving your home or workplace clean, follow these simple guidelines:

*  Apply pesticides and fertilizers properly.  Use as directed and sweep off paved surfaces.

*  Repair auto leaks.

*  Dispose of household hazardous waste (old paints, auto fluids, unused pesticides, pool chemicals). See “Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Facility”.

*  Clean up after your pet and dispose of waste properly, not into the storm drain.

*  Use a commercial car wash or wash your car on a lawn or other unpaved surface.

*  Sweep up yard debris rather than hosing down areas. Compost or recycle yard waste.

Stuffed animals

Due to germ issues, used stuffed animals are rarely passed on to other kids. Consider donating to Lollypop Farm or another animal shelter for the animals to use.

Craft Bits and Pieces, 138 Fairport Village Landing, Fairport

Styrofoam packaging

See Packing material.

Swiffer-type reusable clothes

Use washable and reusable fleece cloths rather than buying and tossing clothes. Contact for information.


See CD, DVD, etc

Telephone books

Put old ones in the Monroe County blue recycling bins.

If you got too many of the current year’s book, bring them to Frontier Communications at 1225 Jefferson Road, Henrietta, in the Cohoes Plaza just west of the 390 Interchange.


See Cell phones.


Most any service station/auto repair shop that changes tires will recycle them. Cost is about $2.50 per NYS mandate. Some places may charge a bit more. Or contact Northside Salvage Yard 381-9667, Tire Trax 482-2940 or Uneeda Tire Shop 546-3860 for locations and costs.

From Monroe County. The NYS Waste Tire Management and Recycling Act (2003) requires retailers to manage waste tires. Customers may return tires in approximately the same size and in a quantity equal to the number of new tires purchased or installed. Contact local tire retailers for details on acceptance of unwanted tires at their locations. Fees will apply. City of Rochester residents may leave tires at the curb on their regular refuse collection day. Northside Salvage Yard – 954 Linden Ave., E. Rochester – 381-9667 ($2 per tire on/off rim), Tire Trax – 558 Atlantic Ave. – 482-2940 – ($1.25 per tire off rim/$3 per tire on rim), Uneeda Tire Shop – 180 Hudson Ave. – 546-3860 – ($2 per tire off rim/$5 on rim).

Tennis balls

ReBounces restores old tennis balls that have lost their bounce.

Toiletries (travel samples)

Bethany House 288-6760

Pittsford Food Cupboard 264-9860

Open Door Mission

Sample Soap

Brighton Farmer’s Market

Often times the Middle School or church groups collect them for shelters.


Tool Thrift Shop (A charitable enterprise of Fairport Baptist Homes) will take working tools (hand and power tools for home and garden. (no gas powered please), hardware (screws, nails, faucets, etc)) All proceeds support local seniors. 126 Fairport Village Landing. 223-0484.

Also see “Building Supplies”.

Toothpaste tubes

Tubes can be cleaned (soak them in a little water to dissolve the remains) and when clean put them in the Monroe County curbside bin. Same for pumps.

The toothpaste box can go in the paper County curbside bin.

Tops market register receipts

St. Monica’s school via Church of the Transfiguration 248-3922


There is current discussion if organizations can accept toys (due to safety concerns of lead in paint, small parts, etc.) So, contact an organization before loading your car with items.

Daycare centers, preschools, camps

In June at the summer clothing drive at Church of the Transfiguration

Wilson Commemorative Center, see “Anything”.

Transmission Fluid (automotive)

Take to HHW. See “Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Facility”.

Turkey dinner

Church of the Transfiguration for Thanksgiving Food Drive

Firehouses, police stations for people that work on holidays


See Computers.

Tyvek envelopes

Put them in the Monroe County curbside bin.

Tyvek (#2). DuPont, the maker of Tyvek, takes these envelopes back and recycles them into plastic lumber. Turn one envelope inside out and stuff others inside it. Mail them to Tyvek Recycle, Attention: Shirley B. Wright, 2400 Elliham Avenue #A, Richmond VA 23237. If you have large quantities (200 to 500), call 866-338-9835 to order a free pouch. See


Underwear. See “Clothing”.


See “Cars”.

Vegetable bags

Such as those from frozen peas are not part of the plastic bag recycling program at this time. See

 For details


See “CD, DVD, etc


Drink tap water. See Monroe County for water quality report Compare this to bottled water (if you can find it.) Get conservation ideas at check out


See also, “storm drains.

Consider installing a rain barrel to collect rain water to use in your garden!

Water filters, Brita

Recycle your Brita Filter through Preserve Products Gimme 5 Program. See for information on mailing the filters.


Unused car, floor, furniture wax is accepted by the County Household Hazardous Waste An appointment (at Ecopark or at various town events) is required. See to find a site or schedule an appointment.

X  mas lights & trees

For strands of lights that don’t work (or you don’t’ want any longer) bring them to EcoPark or mail them to Holiday LEDs program. See for restricted dates, pkg instructions and more info.

For candle in window type lights, remove the incandescent bulbs (recycle these- see light bulbs) and bring them to  EcoPark.

Ship your old lights to, Attention: Recycling Program, 120 W. Michigan Avenue, Suite 1403, Jackson MI 49201. The company will send you a coupon for 10 percent off its LED lights, which use 80 percent less energy and last 10 years or more. And they’re safer, too. LEDs don’t generate much heat, whereas incandescents give off heat, which can cause a dry Christmas tree to catch fire.

Xmas trees are often collected by towns and composted. Check with your town to find out the dates and stipulations (such as not putting tree in plastic).

Yard and Vegetable Scraps

Compost Them is recycling-in-brighton#composting for a primer on composting for a video by Sierra Club

Ask a friend who composts!

Yoga mat accepts yoga mats for recycling.


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