; Adam Bello, County Executive

Recycling Outreach Programs

Events & Presentations

Monroe County's recycling program logo with words: Don't Trash Our Future, Recycle Right and woman pushing wheel barrow with recyclables

Monroe County has developed a calendar of events attended by Environmental Educators and recycling education programs that are offered on an annual basis including:

Environmental Educators also accommodate presentation and education events as requested. Email to request a presenation or recycling program. 

America Recycles Day 

America Recycles Day, a Keep America Beautiful initiative to improve recycling, is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to promoting, encouraging and celebrating recycling. America Recycles Day is celebrated through events held on November 15th and provides an opportunity to inform and inspire family, friends, neighbors, classmates and colleagues across the country to recycle more of the right things 365 days a year! 

Since 2017, Monroe County and the Rochester Americans have co-hosted an America Recycles Day promotional event at the Blue Cross Arena with the goal of furthering the county-wide outreach campaign to encourage recycling and reduce contamination in the recycling stream. Free tickets to the event are typically distributed in advance of the game at the ecopark to anyone who brings items for recycling.

Monroe County Library Summer Reading Program

The Monroe County Library Summer Reading Program provides free programs for children and teens from June to August throughout the over thirty library locations in Monroe County.  Monroe County Environmental Educators provide a series of one hour learning programs at different library locations geared towards children ages 6 to 12. Look for the Solid Waste Reduction & Recycling program, where children and teens will participate in the “great waste sort,” determining whether items belong in recycling, reuse/donate, landfill, or compost.  

Recycling Patch for Scouts and Youth Groups

Monroe County has created a recycling patch program as an incentive for young people to get more involved with local recycling. Individuals at any age can improve the quality of our environment by putting into practice “Reduce, Reuse and Recycle” and by participating in our Monroe County Solid Waste Management Programs. The patch can be earned by completing a number of requirements listed in the criteria below. The suggested requirements include surveying neighborhood recycling boxes, starting a home composting project, hosting a clothing drive, promoting an electronic waste or Household Hazardous Waste collection, researching the life cycle of a product’s packaging, or becoming an America Recycles mentor for your school. Participants are also encouraged to develop a recycling idea of their own. The patch program is available to scouting and youth groups. For details on how to complete the patch program, click on the link below.

Recycling Patch Requirements

Educational Resources

Programs / Activities

  • Ink Jet & Cartridge Recycling
  • Electronics Recycling
  • Recycle City  learn how its residents reduce waste, use less energy, and even save money by doing simple things at home, at work, and in their neighborhoods. (All ages)
  • Recycling Explorer interactive tool from "I want to be recycled" to learn what and how to recycle. (All ages)
  • RecycleMania college and university recycling competition 
  • EPA's Planet Protector serires encourages students to improve the world around them by making less trash. They will also help other people learn to reduce, reuse, and recycle (Grades K-5)

Sort It Out A recycling game logo
Play "Sort it Out", a Recycling Game 

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