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Dinolfo Teams Up with Amerks, Wegmans to Assist Local Plastic Bag Recycling

County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo announced new partnerships with the Rochester Americans and Wegmans to promote recycling in Monroe County, particularly the proper exchange and disposal of plastic shopping bags.

“Teaming-up with the Amerks and Wegmans is a great way to highlight the importance of recycling, which protects taxpayers and the environment by keeping unnecessary waste out of landfills,” said Dinolfo. “Safeguarding this region’s unrivaled natural resources also helps support our ongoing work to attract more jobs and investment to Monroe County. I thank the Amerks and Wegmans for their partnership, and I encourage fans to exchange their plastic bags and other recyclables at our Ecopark to score free tickets to the game.”

Dinolfo and the Rochester Americans announced they will again co-host Refresh Recycling Night on Wednesday, April 11th, when the Amerks take on the Syracuse Crunch at 7:05 at the Blue Cross Arena. Fans attending the game on Refresh Recycling Night will receive a commemorative reusable shopping bag as a pregame giveaway. Additionally, any fan that brings a recyclable item to the Ecopark on one of the following dates will receive a free ticket voucher to Refresh Recycling Night:

• Wednesday, April 4th 1pm to 6:30pm
• Saturday, April 7th 7:30am to 1pm
• Wednesday, April 11th 1pm to 6:30pm

“The Rochester Americans are excited to renew their partnership with Monroe County Executive Dinolfo and her staff in the Department of Environmental Services on this very worthwhile initiative,” said Rob Minter, Vice President of Business Operations for the Amerks. “Refresh Recycling Night provides yet another opportunity to not only help raise awareness for improving recycling measures here in our community, but also rewards County residents for doing their part with the chance to attend next Wednesday’s Amerks game.”

Refresh Recycling Night will remind residents to recycle their plastic bags properly, either by reuse or by bringing them to a retailer, supermarket or the Ecopark. Plastic bags should not be thrown in the garbage and should not be recycled in curbside bins.

In addition to Refresh Recycling Night, Dinolfo announced a new partnership with Wegmans to collect plastic bags and other types of plastic film at the Ecopark. Previously, only limited types of plastic film were accepted at the Ecopark. The new partnership reflects Wegmans’ role as a community leader in proper plastic bag recycling.

“We’re excited to partner with the County and for the opportunity to play a role at the Ecopark. It’s a great resource in Monroe County, giving residents a convenient option to recycle items that can’t be recycled curbside,” said Jason Wadsworth, Wegmans Manager of Sustainability. “By offering additional collection locations for plastic bag and film recycling, we’re helping to keep plastic out of our landfills and communities by putting it to good use making new Wegmans bags, made out of 40% recycled content.”

The Ecopark is an innovative partnership between Monroe County and Waste Management. Located at 10 Avion Drive in the town of Chili, it is open Wednesdays from 1:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. For a full list of acceptable items, associated fees, and necessary appointments, please visit www.ecoparkmcny.com.