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Dinolfo Shares Summer Recycling Tips

County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo and the Monroe County Department of Environmental Services (DES) released seasonal recycling tips that should guide recycling habits for residents all summer long. In addition, Dinolfo advised residents to properly dispose of certain items which can cause harm to employees and equipment at the Recycling Center, like propane tanks, lithium batteries and pool chemicals.

“Now that summer is in full swing, many residents are firing up their backyard grills or opening up their pools to relax,” said Dinolfo. “These activities are a staple of summertime in Monroe County, but it’s important that we all handle commonly-used, hard-to-dispose-of seasonal items properly once we’re finished with them. By bringing batteries, propane tanks, pool chemicals and more to the Ecopark for proper disposal, we can keep Monroe County beautiful to help attract more jobs here all year long.”

Batteries and Propane Tanks

Lithium batteries and propane tanks can cause fires and/or explosions, causing harm to both the employees and the equipment at the Monroe County Recycling Center. In fact, nearly 50% of fires at recycling facilities nationwide are caused by Lithium Ion and rechargeable batteries, with another 20% caused by propane tanks.

Neither of these items should be recycled in curbside bins, but rather can be recycled at the Ecopark during its normal operational hours. Lithium and rechargeable batteries are also accepted at many retail locations, including Lowes and Home Depot. Residents should tape both ends of batteries to reduce the risk of discharge and sparks, the impetus for fires.

Single-use or alkaline batteries are not accepted at these recyclers and can be disposed of in household garbage or recycled through paid programs.

Pool Chemicals

Pool chemicals pose significant fire hazards to waste and recycle collection trucks, as well as recycling centers. County residents can conveniently dispose of pool chemicals, pesticides, fertilizers and other Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) materials for free with an advance appointment at the Ecopark or one of the County’s Mobile Recycling Collections.


Commonly-used summer items like garden hoses, ropes, and chains wrap around the sorting equipment at the Recycling Center, causing equipment breakdowns and stoppages. These items are not recyclable in curbside bins.

Metal chains and string lights can be recycled at the Ecopark, but hoses and ropes must be disposed of in the trash if no other reuse option can be found.

The Ecopark is located at 10 Avion Drive and 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 accepted items, associated fees and necessary appointments, visit