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Residents Can Recycle Common Summer Items at County's ecopark

Residents Can Recycle Common Summer Items at County's ecopark

County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo encouraged residents to bring their commonly-used summer items to Monroe County’s innovative ecopark for proper recycling, including propane tanks, bulky plastics, electronics and old paint. These items should not be disposed of at the curb, neither in curbside recycling bins nor in garbage toters, and in many cases will only be accepted for recycling purposes at the ecopark. The ecopark is located at 10 Avion Drive in the Town of Chili and is open Wednesdays from 1:00 to 6:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. For more information, visit

“For many families, saying goodbye to the summer season also means parting ways with those common summer items that can’t be left at the curb,” said Dinolfo. “Whether it be empty propane tanks, lawn chairs or other bulky plastics, I encourage everyone to bring those hard to dispose of summer items to our great ecopark for proper handling.”

While 20lb propane tanks can be refilled and reused, 1lb propane tanks are often placed at the curb for pick-up with gas still inside, creating an environmental and safety risk when they reach the Monroe County Recycling Center. Empty propane tanks should always be brought to the ecopark to be properly recycled.

“When you bring those empty propane tanks to our ecopark, you won’t just be helping to keep unnecessary waste out of our landfills – you will also be doing your part to protect our curbside refuse and recycling workers from hidden dangers in your totes or bins,” continued Dinolfo.

Examples of bulky plastics accepted at the ecopark include bins, milk crates, plastic lawn furniture, large kids’ toys and others. Items must be made of 100% plastic – items that contain other materials such as metal and fabric must be disassembled.

Furthermore, other commonly used summer items like garden hoses, ropes and chains cannot be recycled and must be placed in refuse toters and brought to landfills. These items wrap around the screening machines at the Recycling Center, causing total equipment failure and downtime while operators work to dislodge the obstruction.

Disposal of household hazardous waste (such as paint and cleaners) requires an advance appointment to ensure safety and reduced waiting times. Appointments can be made online at

Several items require a fee for recycling at the ecopark, including tube televisions/computer monitors, refrigerant containing appliances and tires. Payment can be made by credit/debit cards only.