Residential Curbside Recycling

The following commingled materials are accepted for curbside recycling and also for drop off at ecopark.

Acceptable Paper Items

Illustrations of Paper Items

  • Newspapers and inserts
  • Magazines and catalogs
  • Junk mail, advertisements and brochures
  • Clean cardboard (flatten, not to exceed 2x4 feet)
  • Pizza boxes (clean, empty and flatten)
  • Paper egg cartons NO styrofoam
  • Paper boxes - cereal, cracker, soda, tissue, shoe, gift, toy, pasta, etc. - flatten NO plastic liners
  • Soft cover books (including phone books)
  • Home office paper, files, school papers, etc. Shredded paper must be in brown paper bags
  • Envelopes (including windowed envelopes)
  • Gift wrap (non foil/metallic, no ribbon)
  • Gable-top cartons & drink boxes (rinsed, lids reattached)

Acceptable Plastic Items

Illustrations of Plastic Items

Plastic bottles, jars, jugs & tubs. Acceptable plastics include clean dry & empty:

  • Bottles: beverage, soap, squeeze bottles, and spray bottles (reattach caps, pumps, and lids)
  • Jugs: milk, laundry detergent, etc. (reattach caps)
  • Jars: peanut butter, mayonnaise, sauce, etc. (reattach lids)
  • Tubs: dairy products like sour cream, margarine, yogurt etc. (reattach lids)

 NO styrofoamempty prescription bottlespesticide containersbulky itemsbags or filmy product wrapping, or single use plastics (coffee pods, straws, utensils)

Acceptable Metal & Glass Items

Illustrations of Metal Items

  • Metal Pots, Pans and Aluminum Foilware
  • License Plates (defaced)
  • Metal Food and Beverage Cans (lids are accepted)

Unacceptable Items

Help Prevent Windblown Litter

Help reduce windblown litter by delaying recycling if high winds are forecast.

Reduce Junk Mail

Reduce the amount of junk mail you receive by calling the following toll-free number: 1-888-567-8688.

New or Replacement Recycling Bins

In order to obtain a new or replacement recycling bin, homeowners must call their garbage collector. City of Rochester residents should call 585 428-5990.

Local Recycling Centers

Items accepted for curbside recycling can also be dropped off at ecopark and local recycling centers.