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Residential Curbside Recycling

The following commingled and paper materials should be placed in your recycling box and taken to the curb before 6:30am on your regular trash collection day. If high winds are forecast on your collection day, please delay recycling.

Acceptable Paper Items

  • Newspapers and inserts
  • Magazines and catalogs
  • Junk mail, advertisements and brochures
  • Clean cardboard (flatten, not to exceed 2x4 feet, tie large stacks together with string or twine)
  • Pizza boxes (clean, empty and flatten)
  • Paper egg cartons NO styrofoam
  • Paper boxes - cereal, cracker, soda, tissue, shoe, gift, toy, pasta, etc. - flatten NO plastic liners
  • All books (including phone books)
  • Home office paper, files, school papers, etc. Shredded paper must be in brown paper bags
  • All envelopes (including windowed envelopes)
  • Gift wrap

Acceptable Metal, Plastic & Glass Items

Unacceptable Items

Help Prevent Windblown Litter

Help reduce windblown litter by delaying recycling if high winds are forecast. Recycling bin covers are available for purchase that can help keep recyclables in their bin. Click on the links below for several examples (no product is endorsed by Monroe County).

Reduce Junk Mail

Reduce the amount of junk mail you receive by calling the following toll-free number: 1-888-567-8688.

New or Replacement Recycling Bins

In order to obtain a new or replacement recycling bin, homeowners must call their garbage collector. City of Rochester residents should call 585 428-5990.

Local Recycling Centers

Items accepted for curbside recycling can also be dropped off at ecopark and local recycling centers.