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Solid Waste & Recycling

Solid Waste & Recycling

Integrated Environmental Infrastructure

Monroe County’s integrated environmental infrastructure manages the waste materials generated by local residents, businesses, industries and institutions in an economically and environmentally-sound manner. The overall goal is to reduce waste generation and increase reuse, recycling, and recovery. The County’s materials management facilities work hand in hand to divert as much material as possible for recycling and recovery. 

  • 1 Materials Recovery Facility, capturing residential and commercial recyclables - Monroe County Recycling Center
  • 1 combined solid waste transfer station and recycling facility (Monroe County Resource Recovery Facility)
  • 1 residential drop off facility for household hazardous waste (HHW), pharmaceutics and hard to handle recyclables - Ecopark
  • 1 nonhazardous solid waste landfill with renewable energy recovery - Mill Seat Landfill
  • 2 yard waste compositing facilities 

Local Solid Waste Management Plan

Monroe County’s Local Solid Waste Management Plan (LSWMP) identifies the path to pursue for management of solid waste generated in the County during a 10 year planning period (2015 to 2025). The development of the LSWMP included a public input process and approval from the NYSDEC. The LSWMP provides:

  • An educational tool for planning unit members
  • A countywide framework for the coordination of soild waste management
  • A mechanism to establish countywide goals and objectives including recovery and waste reduction
  • A plan to monitor progress towards goals

This LSWMP recognizes that local municipalities, the NYSDEC, private waste collectors, and private facility owners all play important roles in the current and future management of solid waste and recycling within the County. 

Recycling Laws and Regulations

Recycling has been mandatory in Monroe County for residents and businesses/institutions since 1992. Copies of the law and regulations are provided here for reference.