Recycling - Rochester, NY area
Recycling in the Rochester-area Resources, Newslinks, information, and commentary:
Page Contents: Recycling NewsLinks | Recycling Options in our area | Recycling that old computer | Recycling Education | Get involved locally with Recycling | Resources for Recycling in our area | Official Rochester area Recycling sources and information | Recycling Discussions | Recycling Directories | Nearby NYS counties Recycle Centers | Essays on Recycling |
Sometimes the greatest innovations have already been done.
Recycling, extracting our junk into resources is probably one of the greatest hopes for curbing our environmental problems. No more landfills, no more toxins leaching into our ground and water, no more exporting toxic materials to the developing countries, no more waste--period.
Imagine taking everything we potentially throw away—steel, iron, paper, cardboard, computers, batteries, appliances, even house—and reusing everything. I mean everything, so that nothing gets wasted. Wouldn’t we be for the first time a responsible and thrifty society? Not really. It’s not such a wild new idea.
Rochester, NY has a lot of outdoor events, especially in the summer. It’s one thing to make these events recycling events, where your guests feel good about their environmental footprint. It’s a step beyond to make your event Zero Waste. That means hundreds, maybe thousands, of folks come to your event and leave with little impact on our environment. Food, plates, silverware, packaging, wrappers, drinking cups, and all those tasty ingestibles and their accouterments we bring to bear on special occasions get sorted, recycled, or composted.
Properly speaking, zero waste is where you design products so that the end-of-pipe diversion gets transformed; it is a system designed with environmental health in mind from the very start-- "cradle to cradle." But until we reach that sustainable Holy Grail, we can design our consumption-intensive events as environmentally friendly as possible.
It takes a little more planning than the business-as-usual way of creating events, where you call up all sorts of vendors who bring stuff to your event and then hire a single trash hauler to take it away to who-knows-where. A Zero Waste event requires that you get everyone, especially the event planners and coordinators, on board with thinking environmentally. Without this vision thing, it won’t work. If the key players come to the table kicking and screaming about all the extra trouble this will make, it’ll be a dud. (In the future, if we’re lucky enough to have one after a couple of centuries of seriously trashing and warming* our planet, environmentally friendly events will be the norm.) more...
Waste and Climate Change
Probably one of the most effective ways that every one of us can address Climate Change is by reducing, reusing and recycling.
- Stop Trashing the Climate provides compelling evidence that preventing waste and expanding reuse, recycling, and composting programs — that is, aiming for zero waste — is one of the fastest, cheapest, and most effective strategies available for combating climate change. This report documents the link between climate change and unsustainable patterns of consumption and wasting, dispels myths about the climate benefits of landfill gas recovery and waste incineration, outlines policies needed to effect change, and offers a roadmap for how to significantly reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions within a short period.
Where do you recycle stuff in Monroe County?
Donate Recycle Reuse (DRR) Version 31 (Updated June 02, 2011) Check out this special resource for recycling opportunities for the Rochester area. This "Donate Recycle Reuse" list by one of your neighbors makes it easy to recycle in our area.
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* Don't throw that hazardous waste out! Call Monroe County, schedule a drop off and there you go: Monroe County HHW "Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Appointment Scheduler "
* Recycle difficult recyclable stuff: I’m passing this note from the Federation of Monroe County Environmentalists NOW - ? Recycle difficult-to-recycle stuff. Recycle plastics #3-#7 Durand United Church of Christ at 4225 Culver Road, Irondequoit (clean, dry and in a plastic bag - include containers from takeout, yogurt, cottage cheese, salad bar, etc.; bags from UPS deliveries, produce, dry beans, DVD cases, etc; misc items such as hangers, packaging plastic, bottle caps). Recycle non-rechargeable batteries RCRR 7318 Victor-Mendon Rd or new store Batteries Plus in the Tops plaza on Jefferson Road in Henrietta (no car batteries). Recycle fluorescent or CFL light bulbs (which contain mercury) at any Home Depot. Must be less than 2' long. Recycle your computer parts, working or not working, at most Goodwill stores and at RCRR 7318 Victor-Mendon Rd http://ewaste.com/ .
* This is the official guided for residential recycling in Monroe County. Most of your recycling questions for our region are answered here. Residential Recycling "The following containers, paper materials and license plates (defaced) should be placed in your recycling box and taken to the curb before 6:30 a.m. on your regular trash collection day. Click here to download a recycling guide. " MyMonroe. Opening Up Government. | Monroe County, NY
* 6/28/2011 - Good document to become familiar with as it’s for recycling in our area, now that we recycle plastics 1-7. Monroe County CURBSIDE RECYCLING & RECOVERY "Monroe County residents are now able to place plastic products labeled 1-7 in their recycling bins for curbside recycling and recovery. Residents can now recycle drinking cups, yogurt containers and take-out containers, just to name a few. If the bottom of an item is marked with any number between 1 and 7, and is surrounded by the “recycle” logo, it is safe to go to the curb. Residents can now recycle metal cookware and foilware." from CEI: Center for Environmental Information
* As suggested by the students of the Goodwin Community Center teen center! Saving Money & the Environment: A Kid's Guide to Recycling "You've probably seen your parents sorting pieces of trash into recycling bins, but why exactly do we recycle? In the past, over many years, people were not very careful about the trash that they threw out. This meant that landfills were just about bursting with mountains of trash! Since a lot of our trash is made from man-made materials, it does not break down very easily. It stays in the landfills for a long time, sometimes thousands of years or even longer. If our trash doesn't break down, quite soon we won't have any more space for it to go. Even worse, it adds to the pollution on Earth and harms all living things. " from Moving Companies | U-Pack: The Money Saving Alternative to Traditional Moving
Monroe County residents are now able to place plastic products labeled 1-7 in their recycling bins for curbside recycling and recovery. Residents can now recycle drinking cups, yogurt containers and take-out containers, just to name a few. If the bottom of an item is marked with any number between 1 and 7, and is surrounded by the “recycle” logo, it is safe to go to the curb. Residents can now recycle metal cookware and foilware. more... Environmental Services | Monroe County, NYGetting rid of E-waste in another story. Don't put them in the recycling bin, check here for the official county recommendation on E-waste recycling: Electronics Recycling
Become engaged with the dialogue on Recycling in the Rochester, NY area. Below are various essays that give you an option for your comment. This list includes other area where you can discuss Recycling online:
- 4/18/2012 - How is NYS’s new E-waste law doing? Find out what effect this new law is doing to promote the proper disposal of E-Waste in NYS. New York State’s Producer Responsibility Law for Electronic Waste: Reflecting on the first year – Interim Report, March 29, 2012 –from Product Stewardship Institute
- 8/08/2011 - Until trash magically disappears in Rochester, NY Let’s face it: A lot of folks won’t recycle unless it’s almost effortless. Sure, there are the dedicated folks who read all the instructions by the county and their communities and make sure all the right stuff gets to the right places. But you only have to look at the size of our landfills and the trash along our streets to see that far too many still march their old TV’s, computers, and you-name-it to the curb whenever the idea occurs to them. We are a long way from Zero Waste—which is the Holly Grail of sustainability. Zero waste is a philosophy that encourages the redesign of resource life cycles so that all products are reused. Any trash sent to landfills is minimal. Landfills, for all their salient convenience (throw all your stuff in a great big hole and forget about it), are not good for our environment. Meaning, landfills do not a sustainable environment make. What little methane gas we burn for energy from rotting biomass (about 20% if we are lucky and the rest goes into our atmosphere as a very potent greenhouse gas) is nothing compared to the mountains of stuff that cannot be reused as resources, but must be dug anew from our land. A landfill is simply a black hole for those who think that stuff disappears when we are done with it. Trust me, it doesn’t. In fact what we need is not a delusional disappearing act, we need a waste stream that is green all the way down—meaning some kind of universal waste stewardship standard to make sure waste gets treated properly and never contaminates. more...
- Extended plastics recycling in Monroe County, now we want more Now that Monroe County has extended plastics recycling to include #3 -#7 plastics, we want more. It’s like that old joke about the kid whose uncle gives him an apple. The kid’s mother says, “Johnny, what do you say to your uncle? The kids says, “Peel it please.” It’s never enough. more..
Brooks Launches Innovative Ecopark Website Expanding upon Monroe County’s commitment to protecting the local environment, Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks announced the official launch of the ecopark website, the latest project in parallel development with the ecopark. The ecopark will be a one-of-a-kind facility scheduled to be fully operational on September 21, 2011, and will be a one-stop-drop for difficult to dispose of recyclables. “The ecopark website serves as a valuable resource that answers residents’ most important recycling questions,” said Brooks. “This unique website is the direct result of the strong partnership between Waste Management of New York and the County’s very own Department of Environmental Services, and further enhances our efforts in sustaining our local environment for future generations.” The ecopark website, which can be accessed at www.monroecounty.gov/ecopark, contains many convenient links containing information about recycling, reuse and the proper disposal of unwanted residential waste. The “ecopark prospector”, a useful navigation tool found on the right-hand side of the homepage, offers alternative local vendor options if the ecopark is unable to accept certain household items. MyMonroe. Opening Up Government. | Monroe County, NY
- Now recycling 3-7 plastics in Monroe County It’s official: As of June 1st Monroe County will recycle 3-7 plastics. It’s been a long time coming, but many who have worked hard to influence Monroe County’s recycling policy to include 3-7 plastics are very pleased with the announcement by Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks: more... (May 7, 2011)
- When not to recycle - Rochester Environmental News | Examiner.com It might seem odd to suggest there are times when you should not recycle, but indeed there are times. Recycling those old electronic dinosaurs piling up in your attic or furniture way out of style should not be done hastily. Recycling is a dish best served serene: when you are ready to do it properly. Many folks pile years of old stuff into the attic thinking that one day they’ll get around to recycling it all. Out of sight, out of mind. But what usually happens is that instead of finding a time to recycle properly, crunch time comes and the stuff goes to the curb and eventually into the landfill. Like making funeral arrangements, grieving for the sudden loss of a loved one is not the best time to shop for caskets. You’re vulnerable to suggestions you might not be in a less stressful time in your life. more... (October 19, 2010) Frank J. Regan
- Ramping up Recycling: We hope this decision (see story below) by Onondaga County to recycle #5 plastics will prod Monroe County to adopt a similar measure for our county. Not all counties in New York State recycle all plastics. When they don’t these plastics go into our landfills, which are filling up with this stuff that doesn’t break down well. One of the main reasons why our county and other counties who don’t recycle all plastics is that they complain that the markets for some plastics are not stable, meaning that when they fail these plastics will accumulate and have be land-filled anyways. Other counties don’t agree and are willing to move forward on finding markets for these plastics and keeping them from contaminating our ground. more...
- Are regulations the best way to stop e-waste? Starting April 1, 2011, we will be less likely to see old TVs and other E-waste thrown out to the curb where they end up in landfills. There’s a new law in town: Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act - NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation “Beginning April 1, 2011, manufacturers of covered electronic equipment [those covered by the law] will be required to accept the following: computers, televisions (as well as cathode ray tubes), small scale servers, computer peripherals (monitors, electronic keyboards, electronic mice or similar pointing devices, facsimile machines, document scanners, printers), small electronic equipment (VCRs, digital video recorders, portable digital music players, DVD players, digital converter boxes, cable or satellite receivers, electronic or video game consoles)” more...
- Are we wasting food waste in the Rochester, NY region? Composting food waste instead of tossing it into a landfill is gaining momentum around the country as it offers a more sustainable treatment of this inevitable by-product. Note the New York Times devotes a full section on Compost News and a local entrepreneur thrives on making a business of it: “Vermi-Green capitalizes on happy worms” (6/06/2010 Democrat and Chronicle). Instead of letting food waste rot inside a plastic-lined landfill creating a modicum of energy by capturing some of the methane gas, a healthy compost program creates a nutrient-rich and toxin-free fertilizer—and business opportunities. (June 13, 2010) Rochester News, Restaurants, more by Top Local Experts
- Getting beyond waste Waste is a human conceit: If we cannot find an immediate value for something, we toss it somewhere, bury it, or burn it. However, in Nature there is no such thing as waste. Everything has a role or it would not exist. Hopefully, as we move into the future, we’ll get over the notion of waste. We’ll consider Zero Waste, where everything we produced gets thought about ‘from cradle to cradle,’ from the moment we use a resource to create a product to the moment we are done with the product. Then we won’t be trashing our resources or littering the planet. more...
- Hey, what do those plastic numbers mean? We know Monroe County only recycles #1 and #2 Plastics, but what do the numbers actually mean? Here's what they mean: "Plastic Packaging Resins" -from americanchemistry.com : Chemistry is essential2living - The American Chemistry Council
- Maybe this is a recycling concept whose time has come: unclutter your life – give your stuff away "Wouldn’t it be cool if we could magically shift ownership of all this stuff, in one weekend, all over America, with close to zero effort, at no cost? Cool happens all over America (and beyond) on May 15, 2010. It’s called Give Your Stuff Away Day and it will work (almost) like magic, as long as you help promote the idea and follow procedures about acceptable / prohibited items. "
- Good point to bring up about our area's Recycling: Let's recycle #5 plastics | democratandchronicle.com | Democrat and Chronicle#5-plastics#5-plastics I am writing to suggest that Monroe County begin accepting #5 plastics for recycling. (Currently only #s 1 and 2 are accepted).
- OSWER Discussion Forum Solid Waste and Emergency Response Discussion Forum In order to enhance the dialogue between EPA and the public, this online forum provides an opportunity for private citizens, environmental groups, businesses, community groups, and local and tribal governments to discuss topics relating to EPA’s Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response. OSWER will post a new discussion topic monthly. --from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
- Don’t Soil the Nest Even a bird knows not to soil its nest. This message seems lost on us, as our nest (our planet) is filling up with our trash. Instead of properly disposing of it (as any bird would), we are living, drinking, eating, planting, and breathing our unmentionable waste products. According to Learner.org, “Every year, the United States generates approximately 230 million tons of ‘trash’--about 4.6 pounds per person per day.” more...
- New Bottle Bill Regulation: Like the new regulations or not, there will be less plastic bottles littering our state and less going into our landfills because this sort of legislation works. It works simply because people may throw away what they perceive as trash, but they won’t throw away money. Many people scour our city streets for deposit-able bottle to supplement or have an income at all. more...
- Don't Curb that old TV with New Digital TV Signal Change A preventable environmental problem can be avoided when the new TV signal changes, if you recycle your new TV. But, you don’t have to buy a new TV, get a digital converter coupon and stay with what you’ve got. June 12 TV signals change to digital and for those still using the antenna, instead of cable and satellites, your going to have to do something. That’s if you still watch TV. more...
- The Bottle Bill Ban Battle This heralding by the media of environmentalists unhappy with the latest ban on the deposit law just passed strikes me as an odd way to look at the halt in the NYS bottle bill that was supposed to go into effect on June 1st, and an odd way to see environmental issues in general by the media. Because, of course, shouldn’t everyone be miffed that the battle to remove discarded bottles from our streets, urban forests, our roadways (you-name-it, bottles are everywhere) via a popular measure (most New Yorkers are for this bottle bill) has been squelched by a judge, bottling companies, some politicians, grocery and convenience stores? more...
Proper Disposal of Household Prescriptions and Over-the-Counter Drugs - NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation Proper Disposal of Household Prescriptions and Over-the-Counter Drugs
Do NOT flush or pour unwanted, unused or expired medications down the drain. This includes expired and unused prescriptions and over-the-counter drugs. --New York State Department of Environmental ConservationAlso, Pharmaceutical Waste Disposal Environmental Services | Monroe County, NY To reduce potential sources of environmental contamination, the Monroe County Department of Environmental Services organizes pharmaceutical waste collections to provide our residents with a safe and proper way to dispose of their unused or unwanted medications. This service is free of charge to Monroe County residents. Pharmaceuticals include, but are not limited to, prescription and over-the-counter medications, veterinary medications and nutritional supplements. How can you properly dispose of Pharmaceutical Waste? Call (585) 753-7600, Option 3 or click here for available drop off dates and locations.
Check these sites first for recycling rules and regulations on area recycling. If you have a recycling question, these are the experts.
- As suggested by Caitlyn Kid's Paper Recycling Guide "The environment is one of the most important aspects of life that we face today. Environmental issues such as using and abusing natural resources, and the need to preserve our resources is a pressing issue for all to consider. However, helping to preserve the environment by recycling is a job that all people need to help. Adults need to be responsible citizens of the Earth by recycling paper, plastic and larger items, while conserving natural resources such as water and oil. Not only do adults need to work at conserving resources, but also help teach children about the importance of recycling. " from Printer Paper, Avery Labels, Computer Paper, Laser and Inkjet Supplies
- Recycling & Composting - NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation Schools, businesses, industries and residents across New York students are making a difference in their communities with programs to reduce waste, reuse, recycle and composting. With these programs we are saving energy, reducing pollution, conserve resources, saving landfill space and making jobs! Besides these long-range benefits of good environmental stewardship, these programs help provide healthier surroundings for communities.
- What you can and cannot put in the Monroe County Curbside Recycling Program. Residential Recycling http://www.monroecounty.gov/des-residentialrecycling.php and check out the document: Material the curbside Recycling Program Does Not Include: http://www.monroecounty.gov/File/Non-Blue%20Box%20Program%20Materials.pdf
- For Household Hazardous Waste Environmental Services | Monroe County, NY
- Brooks Launches “Refill Not Landfill” Campaign To Protect Environment County Executive Maggie Brooks launched the Refill Not Landfill campaign, the latest initiative in Monroe County’s efforts to protect the environment. The nationally recognized campaign encourages all County residents to use refillable containers along with household tap water instead of consuming disposable water bottles in an effort to reduce landfill waste. --from MyMonroe. Opening Up Government. | Monroe County, NY
- Environmental Services | Monroe County, NY 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. The law states, in general, that residents must recycle steel, aluminum, glass (clear, green, and brown only), plastic (numbers 1 and 2 only) and paper (gable-top cartons/drink boxes) food and beverage containers. Empty steel aerosol cans (no pesticides or spray paint) may also be recycled. Residents must also recycle newspapers, magazines and corrugated cardboard. Large appliances are also required to be recycled—this is usually done by your garbage hauler.
- News about Trash and Recycling is always important, especially when it's what the EPA is doing about these issues: Environmental Protection Agency - Press Releases - Trash and Recycling
- Western Finger Lakes Authority Mailing Address - Western Finger Lakes Solid Waste Management Authority 9 Pearl Street, P. O. Box 36 Lyons, NY 14489 -Phone (315)946-7650 FAX (315)946-7657 1-800-724-3867 -Email email@example.com
- Wastes | US EPA Each year, Americans generate millions of tons of waste in our homes and communities. EPA is challenging all citizens to conserve our natural resources by committing to reduce, reuse, and recycle at home, in your community, and at the office. Learn what you can do to make a difference.
- Reduce, Reuse, Recycle & Compost - NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation We all use tons and tons of "stuff" in our lifetimes-like the 25 billion Styrofoam cups Americans use and dispose of each year. These items are filling up our landfills and our landscapes. Some-such as plastic six-pack rings-are even responsible for killing wildlife. Instead of buying more "stuff" and throwing it away, try the three "R"s and a "C."
- Been wondering what happens to your recycled products? Take a tour of the Monroe County Recycling Center, located at 1845 Emerson Street can be scheduled for community, scouting and school groups. Tours of the Monroe County wastewater treatment plants and the Mill Seat Landfill are subject to the operational, seasonal, and maintenance schedules of each facility.
- Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act - NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation "The NYS Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act (PDF) (38 kb) (Article 27, Title 26 of the Environmental Conservation Law) was signed into law by the Governor on May 28, 2010. The law will ensure that every New Yorker will have the opportunity to recycle their electronic waste in an environmentally responsible manner. The law requires manufacturers to establish a convenient system for the collection, handling, and recycling or reuse of electronic waste. Manufacturers of covered electronic equipment will be responsible for implementing and maintaining an acceptance program for the discarded electronic waste, with oversight by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation. " -from New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
- New York Product Stewardship Council "The New York Product Stewardship Council is a newly formed body dedicated to shifting New York’s product waste management system from one focused on government funded and ratepayer financed waste diversion to one that relies on Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR), or Product Stewardship, in order to reduce public costs and drive improvements in product design that promote environmental sustainability. "
The Story of Stuff Project worked closely with the Electronics TakeBack Coalition to develop and distribute The Story of Electronics. ETBC is a coalition effort launched in 2001 to promote green design and responsible recycling in the electronics industry. ETBC works to protect the health and well being of electronics users, workers, and the communities where electronics are produced and discarded by requiring consumer electronics manufacturers and brand owners to take full responsibility for the life cycle of their products, through effective public policy requirements or enforceable agreements. To learn more about ETBC and get involved click here.
Innovative Recycling Options for our area:
- Don’t use Yellow Pages, White Pages, or Phone Books, then Opt-Out! and stop trash before it starts. National Yellow Pages Consumer Choice & Opt-Out Site "About LSA The Local Search Association (www.localsearchassociation.org) is the largest trade organization of companies focused on print, digital, mobile and social media solutions that help local businesses get found and selected by ready-to-buy consumers. Association members include U.S. and international Yellow Pages companies, search engines, online listings and review sites, digital advertising agencies and mobile search providers. The Association has members in 28 countries. About the ADP The Association of Directory Publishers (ADP) (http://www.adp.org), founded in 1898, is the oldest trade association in North America representing the interests of directory publishers and the companies whose products and service support the industry. "
- The Freecycle Network - Posts on the Rochester Group "Our mission is to build a worldwide gifting movement that reduces waste, saves precious resources & eases the burden on our landfills while enabling our members to benefit from the strength of a larger community. "
- Call2Recycle US > Recycling Your Rechargeable Batteries and Cell Phones "Call2Recycle® is the only free rechargeable battery and cell phone collection program in North America. Since 1996, Call2Recycle has diverted over 60 million pounds of rechargeable batteries from the solid waste stream and established a network of 30,000 public collection sites. Advancing green business practices and environmental sustainability, Call2Recycle is the most active voice promoting eco-safe reclamation and recycling of rechargeable batteries and cell phones. Founded in 1994, Call2Recycle is operated by RBRC, a non-profit organization. "
- Donations, especially Rochester-area donations, are a great way to recycle. Instead of throwing out those old clothes, furniture or appliances, why not donate them to a local worthy cause. Check out Friends Helping Friends - "We need the donations of furniture, household items, clothing, old appliances and just about anything that's NOT GARBAGE. We can use it or find someone else who can use it. We will pick up from your home and will do clear outs." --from Friends Helping Friends
- The Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (ABVI)- Goodwill Industries of Greater Rochester, Inc. Share the Goodwill By donating your gently used clothing and household items or shopping in one of our six fabulous stores, you are doing your part to enhance programs, services and employment opportunities for people of all ages who are blind or visually impaired.
- Community Wishbook The Community Wishbook is your source of wish list items and volunteer services needed by more than 220 not-for-profit agencies in and around Rochester, NY. Use the Wishbook listings to find an agency that needs your donated item* or volunteer skill. Then call the contact person at the agency to make arrangements for delivery or pickup of a listed item, or for details on volunteering.
- Remember to Recycle the big things too: Volunteers of America of WNY Volunteers of American will pick up gently used appliances, furniture, clothing, and other household items. (VOA reserves the right to refuse specific items.) FOR FREE in Monroe County. Call 647-1150 to schedule your free pick up. Items must be in usable condition (except clothing which is recycled. VOA also accepts car, boat, and RV donations.
- New York State Association for Reduction Reuse and Recycling NYSAR3 is about you, the people of New York State interested in learning about, supporting and promoting recycling in New York State. This section is about how you can be involved. If you are not a member the first thing that you can do is join. NYSAR3 membership is inexpensive and affordable to all. By joining you will receive a variety of benefits including the Network, NYSAR3's newsletter; access to the NYSAR3 listserve; discounts at NYSAR3 and Federation Conferences; automatic membership in the National Recycling Coalition and if you represent a business you will get a free listing on the NYSAR3 businesses page. NYSAR3 encourages you to patronize our sponsors and members whenever possible.
- Recycling in Brighton - Color Brighton Green This page lists ways to recycle common household items in Brighton. -from This page lists ways to recycle common household items in Brighton. Home Page - Color Brighton Green
- RecycleinME is a marketplace for scrap metal, non metal scrap, plastic scrap, rubber scrap and paper scrap. Here you will find scrap metal, scrap metal prices, scrap metal suppliers, , scrap metal buyers, scrap metal offer to buy and sell along with other various categories of scrap. Register Now and start receiving business leads.
- Junk Mail - How to Stop Receiving Junk Mail If you’re interested in living a more eco-friendly lifestyle, here’s something you can do that will help protect the environment and preserve your sanity: reduce the amount of junk mail you receive by 90 percent.
- Don’t need those massive phone books? Just throw them away because you’re a digital kind of person? Opt out of getting those phone books, easy peasy, and save trees . Phone Book Opt-Out Program Gives Choice to Consumers Did you know you can control how many phone books you get every year, or whether you get one at all? In the age of smart phones and Wi-Fi, the way people search for information is changing. For many, online search options are the new go-to for finding contact information to local residences or businesses. That means when a printed phone book arrives on your doorstep, it might go to waste. Find your local recycle solution for Phone Books So why do phone books continue to show up? According to the Local Search Association, 70 percent of consumers still prefer to receive a printed phone book every year. (November 20, 2012) Earth 911
- Got old bike and bike parts? R Community Bikes: Rochester, New York "R Community Bikes is a grassroots, 501(c)3 organization that collects and repairs used bicycles for distribution, free of charge, to Rochester, NY's most needy children and adults. Our mission is meeting the basic transportation needs of those in the community who depend on bikes for recreation as well as for transport to work, school, rehabilitation programs, and training sessions. For this segment of the population, both quality of life and the ability to participate in our community are greatly enhanced when our mission is achieved. R Community Bikes also provides a venue for the Rochester bicycling community to conduct educational programs relative to bicycle safety and maintenance. We are open to the public on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm at our warehouse at 226 Hudson Ave. (at the intersection with Woodbury Street). In addition, on Wednesdays in the summer we conduct bike repairs at St. Joseph's House of Hospitality at 402 South Avenue. "
- Where do you recycling rechargeable batteries? Enter your zip code and find out: Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation. Also find out about recycling lead-acid based batteries from Battery Council International BCI actively promotes the recycling of spent lead-acid batteries and the use of recycled materials in the production of new batteries. As part of this endeavor, the organization collects statistical data to provide the annual recycling rate of lead-acid batteries. BCI also developed model battery recycling legislation at both the state and federal levels in the U.S., as a way to efficiently recover valuable resources and keep recyclable materials out of the waste stream. The model has been adopted by legislatures in 37 states across the country.
- Recycle and help make money for your school: Ink Jet & Cartridge Recycling Fundraiser The Monroe County Department of Environmental Services & Imagine it… are excited to announce an ongoing fundraising program promoting recycling at home, in schools or at your place of business. It is a simple program that protects the environment and promotes recycling while helping your favorite school or charity programs.
- Recycling and Composting Online Paper recycling news and trends / The latest news in composting and wood waste management
- Imagine It Recycling "Imagine it Fundraising Through Recycling is a unique niche in both the fundraising and recycling world. Established in 2002 with the intention to create a simple fundraising program with little effort to all involved. Companies can donate without opening a check book and charities maintain a consistent funding stream with little effort . Currently servicing over 2500 locations in the Upstate NY region, Imagine It has created an easy and FREE recycling program that concentrates on the most important component in out Sustainability efforts... REUSE! In this ever changing electronic evolution Imagine It offer to WIN WIN WIN solution. Together, we can do a world of good. "
- Catalog Choice - Control the catalogs you receive in the mail "The free service that lets you reduce unwanted mail and choose how you hear from brands "
- Organics Recycling Portal "Welcome to the Empire State Development (ESD) Organics Recycling Portal, which lists many resources to help you divert organics into value added products. Use the links to network, find information, or locate composters or other businesses that recycle organics. Review the case studies to learn how businesses, institutions, and government are involved in organics diversion. " -from Empire State Development
- Want to opt out of getting all those phone books you no longer use? Opt Out of Yellow Pages, White Pages & Phone Books Delivery, National Yellow Pages Opt Out Site
- Where do you recycle those plastic bags in the Rochester, NY region? Go here: PlasticBagRecycling.org Recycling of plastic bags and polyethylene (PE) film is not available everywhere; however, many retail stores and some municipal drop-offs in the United States collect plastic bags and polyethylene film for recycling. This web site provides the public, municipalities and businesses a means to identify retail stores and recovery facilities that collect plastic bags and film for recycling.
Refill Not Landfill: Monroe County is poised to make a difference by providing an eco-friendly solution to bottled water.
As you navigate through this site, you will find information about where to purchase your Nalgene refillable bottle as well as get the facts about your household tap water, which is delivered to you every day by the Monroe County Water Authority.
Excitingly, two dollars from every bottle purchase will be donated to beautifying Monroe County parks.
Old computers can be particularly toxic when land-filled--and there is no need to curbside them. Check out the many places you can take your computer when it's time to buy a new one.
- What to do with that old computer? Here are some links for properly disposing of that old computer, which is very toxic and shouldn't go into the ground Computer Take Back Campaign - eCycling - EPA - TechSoup - Recycled Hardware: Ten Tips for Donating a Computer - TechSoup.org - Microsoft Authorized Refurbisher (MAR) Program - Electronics Recycling
- Where to donate that old computer. One of my favorite long-time shows Sound Bytes, which was my education about computer and the Internet for years and years, has a list of places you can donate that old computer: Donate! - Sound Bytes
- Recycle your computer for a worthy cause: Computers for Humanity Flower City Habitat for Humanity and the Micrecycle Computer Recycling for Education Program have partnered to help close the Digital Divide by putting a computer into every Habitat for Humanity home in Rochester, NY. " A Mouse in Every House" Each Habitat homeowner will receive a quality computer refurbished by the Micrecycle computer-recycling program, Internet access provided by Netsville, helpdesk and hardware support provided by the CommuniTech and The Academy for Career Development HelpTech programs. Additionally, free training will be available to the one hundred and twenty one Habitat for Humanity homeowners through the network of 27 Cyberlink Community Technology Centers located in the Rochester area. To make this project a success, we are depended upon individuals, groups and companies like yours to donate the computers, internal computer hardware, monitors and peripherals, or cash to purchase the items listed below that will be used to create the systems that will be delivered to the Habitat
- Electronics Recycling | Region 2 | US EPA "Because consumer electronics like personal computers, TV's, cellphones, and stereo equipment contain lead and a variety of other hazardous materials, eCycling, the recycling of electronic equipment, helps protect the environment. And because electronics are becoming obsolete at an ever faster rate, their volume is growing two to three times faster than any other type of waste. It is projected that 500 million personal computers have been taken out of service from 2000 and 2007. "
- Micrecycle: Home Our mission is to provide computers for education. Micrecycle refurbishes donated equipment to supply high-quality, affordable computers to families, schools and community organizations. We support community technology access and training for all members of the greater Rochester community. Micrecycle is a volunteer-based program dedicated to the vision that all people have affordable access to the benefits of computer and information technology. Micrecycle is a program of Action for a Better Community, Inc.
- More on Recycling Electronic Waste in our region: Besides the new e-waste law The Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act - NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation, the NYS DEC has more information on properly recycling e-waste: Used Electronic Equipment "Management of Used Electronic Equipment in New York State What is Used Electronic Equipment? Used electronic equipment can encompass a variety of equipment including, but not limited to computers, CRTs, wireless telephones, electronic keyboards, mice, televisions, printers, monitors, portable digital music players, video cassette recorders, DVD players, Blu-ray disc players, digital video recorders, digital converter boxes, cable or satellite receivers, electronic game consoles, PDAs, facsimile machines, and photocopiers, etc. "
- Don't throw that old computer and paraphernalia in the garbage: The Home Computer Program recycles donated computers. These recycled computers go to urban students. So far, over 1,000 students, many from Josh Lofton High School (Rochester, NY) have received computers.
- Electronics, E-Scrap, E-Waste Recycling & Data Destruction | Sunnking "The mission of Sunnking, Inc. is to provide superior asset management and recovery services to business and government organizations by using proven reuse and recycling techniques that maximize asset value, promote environmental sustainability and meet the data sanitation requirements of our clients. "
- Recyclebank "Recyclebank is working towards a world without waste by rewarding people for taking everyday green actions. It’s free to join and as easy as 1, 2, 3. Earn points for taking everyday green actions, redeem them for great rewards, and learn ways to save money and live greener every day! "
- eWaste.com Rochester Computer Recycling and Recovery.
Environmental Facilities Tours Tours of the Monroe County Recycling Center, located at 384 Lee Road, can be scheduled for community, scouting and school groups. Similar tours of Monroe County wastewater treatment facilities and the Mill Seat Landfill are subject to the operational, seasonal, and maintenance schedules of each facility. To set up a Recycling Center or Wastewater Treatment Facility tour, call 585 753-7646. A tour of the Mill Seat Landfill can be arranged by calling 585 494-3000. When calling, please be prepared with the following information:
A integral part of recycling properly and sustainably is thinking about how and why we accumulate stuff.
- How to: Climate Smart Recycling and Composting Managing Organic Materials Reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from solid waste management requires maximum waste reduction and reuse, with recycling, composting , and for the remaining wastes, energy recovery and sustainable disposal. Low-carbon transport and handling for wastes also help keep GHG emissions low. Communities can introduce efficient, GHG-saving waste management practices right now, with existing technologies. Some New York communities already have done so and are beginning to realize savings. This page is part of the Climate Smart Communities Guide for Local Action. On this page and the related Waste Reduction and Reuse page, citizens and local governments will find strategies and information to support their move toward efficient management of materials and wastes. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)
- What is the relationship between trash and Climate Change? Or, why do we need to recycle? What is the concept of Zero Waste and why should we strive towards it? This is all explained in a wonderfully clear document “Stop Trashing the Climate.” Check this out: Stop Trashing the Climate "Stop Trashing the Climate provides compelling evidence that preventing waste and expanding reuse, recycling, and composting programs — that is, aiming for zero waste — is one of the fastest, cheapest, and most effective strategies available for combating climate change. This report documents the link between climate change and unsustainable patterns of consumption and wasting, dispels myths about the climate benefits of landfill gas recovery and waste incineration, outlines policies needed to effect change, and offers a roadmap for how to significantly reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions within a short period. "
- Responsible Recycling Practices for Electronics Recyclers | Wastes Newsroom | US EPA "Americans are growing more concerned about the responsible handling of used electronics (e-waste) as the media sheds light on horrendous e-waste recycling practices in some developing countries that are sometimes the ultimate destination of unwanted equipment from the United States. Questions have been raised on what EPA has been doing to practices by irresponsible recyclers. Recognizing the critical importance of environmentally sound recycling, EPA has worked closely with stakeholders, including recyclers, equipment manufacturers, representatives of state government, trade associations, and public interest groups, to develop a new set of standards, the Responsible Recycling Practices for Electronics Recyclers (R2). On July 27, 2009, the American National Standards Institute-American Society of Quality National Accreditation Board (ANAB) announced that it will start accrediting companies that will certify recyclers of electronic equipment under the R2 practices. EPA will not audit facilities for compliance with the R2 Practices; however, private, third-party certification bodies will conduct audits and issue certificates of conformance to electronic recyclers that successfully demonstrate they meet R2 requirements. " U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
- Maybe we should consider why we get stuff in the first place: The Story of Stuff with Annie Leonard From its extraction through sale, use and disposal, all the stuff in our lives affects communities at home and abroad, yet most of this is hidden from view. The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world. It'll teach you something, it'll make you laugh, and it just may change the way you look at all the stuff in your life forever.
- Get some great Recycling tip from Green Notes a student blog on recycling at University of Rochester
- New York's Bottle Bill - NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation New York's Bottle Bill Returnable Container Act (RCA) Section 27-1007(1)(b) of the Environmental Conservation Law (ECL) (PDF) (54 kB) contains requirements for dealers with respect to installing and maintaining reverse vending machines (RVMs). For specific details on these requirements, please refer to this section of the law.
- A preventable environmental problem can be avoided when the new TV signal changes, if you recycle your new TV. But, you don’t have to buy a new TV, get a digital converter coupon and stay with what you’ve got. February TV signals change to digital and for those still using the antenna, instead of cable and satellites, your going to have to do something. That’s if you still watch TV. But, if you still watch TV, Check this out: The Looming E-Waste Tsunami - Television Recycling What Should You Do With Your Old TV Sets: Unlike leading computer manufacturers, the television industry has been, with the exception of Sony, very reluctant to take responsibility for their products at the end of their useful life. Televisions present all of the same disposal issues as computer equipment and other e-waste (TVs, computers, monitors, phones, etc.), from leaded glass to brominated fire retardants. However televisions contain much less valuable materials to offset the cost of recycling than most electronics, discouraging e-waste collectors and processors from handling them.
- Check out this blog on garbage, what we don’t see when we throw away stuff in our region. Stuff you local media doesn’t show you. Geography of Garbage: "This blog is a product of Geography of Garbage class (ENV 204), which I teach at Hobart and William Smith Colleges (www.hws.edu). The blog represents a collaborative effort among more than 30 students in the course in Spring 2011, and seeks to make visible (through photos and commentary) what we often prefer to be invisible: our garbage."
The Story of Stuff with Annie Leonard From its extraction through sale, use and disposal, all the stuff in our lives affects communities at home and abroad, yet most of this is hidden from view. The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world. It'll teach you something, it'll make you laugh, and it just may change the way you look at all the stuff in your life forever.
There are a couple of groups who efforts are local efforts to improve our area's recycling: what is recycled, how, etc. Contact them and sign up.
- Want to get involved with our area's recycling efforts? Join the Rochester Sierra Club's Zero Waste Committee · Every 4th Tuesday at 4:30 PM – 6 PM | at the AAUW house, 494 East Ave, Rochester, NY "We have a great group assembled to advocate for better recycling in our area. If you got ideas, want to help, want to listen, want to make a difference, please come to our meeting. Join up and get our notices at http://newyork.sierraclub.org/rochester/Zero_Waste/Zero_Waste.html Also, Think of joining our online Zero Waste Committee on our Activist Network. – you don’t have to be a member, but you can join in blogs, social networking, and a lot more. All you need is an email address and a desire to address recycling and waste in our region. To sign on, just go to the left side bar and click on ‘join’ at the bottom of the photos. http://connect.sierraclub.org/Team/Zero_Waste_Rochester
- Join the new NYS Zero Waste Campaign | For the first time in over a decade, we have a critical opportunity to influence the state's solid waste policy. The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is revising the state’s weak Solid Waste Management Plan and outdated Solid Waste Regulations (Part 360). --from Citizens' Environmental Coalition
- Finger Lakes Zero Waste Coalition "Between the Ontario County Landfill in Stanley, New York and the Seneca Meadows Landfill in Seneca Falls, 9,000 tons of garbage are trucked into the northern Finger Lakes every day. It comes from New England, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York City, over 40 New York Counties and Canada. Our beautiful region has become the garbage capital of New York State. "
- America Recycles Day "About America Recycles Day America Recycles Day (ARD), November 15, is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to encouraging Americans to recycle and to buy recycled products. Celebrating its 12th year, it has grown to include millions of Americans pledging to increase their recycling habits at home and work and to buy products made with recycled materials. Through America Recycles Day, Keep America Beautiful, Inc. (KAB) and the National Recycling Coalition (NRC) support local communities and raises awareness by educating citizens about the benefits of recycling. Volunteer America Recycles Day coordinators are positioned throughout the country and work to organize recycling awareness events in their schools and communities, and in conjunction with their local municipalities. "
- The Green Dandelion “The Green Dandelion is a blog focused on sharing recycling, energy conservation and sustainability initiatives, ideas and events through blogs and online community interaction. Our content shares the distinctive voices of University Facilities and Services bloggers and those who work to improve the environment at the University of Rochester. We hope The Green Dandelion reflects the pleasure and joy we all derive from being involved in sustainability.”
- Buffalo Recycling Alliance "The City of Buffalo has dramatically increased its residential recycling rates with its new totes. PPG and its allies want to build on that success with a Buffalo Recycling Alliance that will work to increase recycling and reduce waste at businesses, multi-family residences, schools, and events through education, collaboration, and advocacy. The founding organizations of the Alliance are: Buffalo First!, Citizens Campaign for the Environment, Partnership for the Public Good, Olmsted Center for Sight and the Sierra Club Niagara Group. "
Trash and two TVs thrown out to the curb to be landfilled. Photo by Frank J. Regan.
Are regulations the best way to stop e-waste?
Starting April 1, 2011, we will be less likely to see old TVs and other E-waste thrown out to the curb where they end up in landfills. There’s a new law in town: Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act - NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation “Beginning April 1, 2011, manufacturers of covered electronic equipment [those covered by the law] will be required to accept the following: computers, televisions (as well as cathode ray tubes), small scale servers, computer peripherals (monitors, electronic keyboards, electronic mice or similar pointing devices, facsimile machines, document scanners, printers), small electronic equipment (VCRs, digital video recorders, portable digital music players, DVD players, digital converter boxes, cable or satellite receivers, electronic or video game consoles)” more...
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There are organizations working towards better recycling in our area.
- The GLOW Region Solid Waste Management Committee: One of GLOW’s primary goals, in accordance with the State Plan, is to develop programs that effectively reduce, reuse, or recycle as much of the material as possible that ends up in the waste stream. In order to reach the 40% goal set by the state for reduction, reuse, and recycling, GLOW works with counties, communities, waste haulers, businesses and institutions in the collection and reporting of recyclables data.
- GRRN Home The GRASSROOTS RECYCLING NETWORK is a North American network of recycling and community-based activists who advocate policies and practices to achieve zero waste, to end corporate welfare for waste, and to create sustainable jobs from discards. We aim to reverse unsustainable practices and policies by building effective coalitions and partnerships for Zero Waste policies based on government and corporate accountability for waste. The GrassRoots Recycling Network was founded in 1995, inspired by a challenge to develop clear, simple messages and take them to the American public. The initial effort was launched by leaders from the Sierra Club Solid Waste Committee, the California Resource Recovery Association, and the Washington DC-based Institute for Local Self-Reliance.
- Tour of Goodwill - Goodwill Industries International, Inc. “Goodwill® inspires hope and self-confidence, helping people from all backgrounds and walks of life to feel successful, valuable and dignified. We help people earn a living, improve their lives, and strengthen their families and their communities. Our network of 165 independent, community-based Goodwills in the United States and Canada offers customized job training, employment placement and other services to people who have disabilities, lack education or job experience, or face employment challenges.” Take a tour of Goodwill especially made for the Rochester Sierra Club Zero Waste Committee: Tour of Goodwill for Sierra club
Near Port of Rochester, trash and turtles in our wetlands. Photo by Frank J. Regan.Sad but true
When I took this photograph off the city's beautiful bike trail near the Port of Rochester, I did not see the trash.
Only after I checked this photo later did I see what appears to be someone's complete disregard for our precious wetlands and the creatures that inhabit them. it's sad to think that we still don't hold Nature in the proper respect. Trashing our urban neighborhoods is bad enough, but trashing our wetlands, what few remain, is craven.
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RochesterEnvironment.com does not endorse specific recycling business because we do not have the means to vet them to make sure these business recycle correctly and complete. However many online directories do list business and their listings may be useful for our area.
- Earth911.com - Find Recycling Centers and Learn How To Recycle In our recycling database, we can help you find over 100,000 recycling locations across the country. With information provided by local governments, industry insiders, organizations and everyday consumers, you can recycle hundreds of products from packing peanuts to computers. We know where you need to go to get things done. We also continue to maintain our bilingual hot line, 1-800-CLEANUP.
- Eco-Cycle: Working to Build Zero Waste Communities Eco-Cycle is one of the largest non-profit recyclers in the USA and has an international reputation as a pioneer and innovator in resource conservation. We were created 30 years ago by everyday residents who had a passionate belief in conserving our natural resources. These Eco-Cycle volunteers brought recycling to town in 1976, making Boulder one of the first 20 communities in the U.S. to offer curbside recycling. We continue to be driven by these same passions and innovative actions.
- Environmental Organization WebDirectory - Recycling Trying to find out how to recycle a difficult item. Here is probably the Internet's most comprehensive list of sites that will help. /li>
- Recycler's World & "Recycler's World was established as a world wide trading site for information related to secondary or recyclable commodities, by-products, used & surplus items or materials."
- Find all the areas around Rochester, New York to Reuse and Recycle EIA Environment: Consumer Education Initiative (CEI) - Reuse And Recycle Programs for New York --from EIA Environment: Consumer Education Initiative (CEI) - The EIA Consumer Education Initiative or "CEI" is a web-based information resource that provides consumers and others with information on recycling and reuse opportunities for used electronics. Participating manufacturers include an industry statement in a variety of media, including owner's manuals, company web sites, and product literature, directing consumers to the CEI web page where consumers can find recycling and reuse opportunities for used electronics in their area.
- Here's a site that can help business recycling: MAT-EX Western New York Materials Exchange MAT-EX: Western New York Materials Exchange is a unique opportunity for businesses to exchange unwanted/unusable products that would otherwise be discarded, and/or locate free/inexpensive materials that can be used in daily business operations. MAT-EX does not list hazardous materials. MAT-EX involves over 20,000 businesses in the fifteen county region of Genesee, Livingston, Orleans, Wyoming, Erie, Ontario, Allegany, Steuben, Chautauqua, Monroe, Seneca, Tompkins, Niagara Consortium and the Western Finger Lakes region (Wayne and Yates Counties). We invite you to add listings to the Exchange and reply to existing listings. MAT-EX is a free online service.
Earth911.com is your one-stop shop for all you need to know about reducing your impact, reusing what you’ve got and recycling your trash. Get involved in our world by checking in for daily news, reading weekly feature stories, surfing product channels and opting into our weekly emails. For all of you who like gadgets to help you become more environmentally friendly here a great way to find ways to Recycle everything from your Smartphone or tablet, or just go to the site: iRecycle - Earth911.com "iRecycle is the easiest and most accessible way to get people plugged into local recycling opportunities. iRecycle provides access to more than 1 million ways to recycle plus the latest in green news and ideas to match your lifestyle. Now available for iOS, iPad & Android. " [more on Recycling and Green Living in our area]
Not all our surrounding NYS counties recycle the same materials in the same way. Granted different areas have different economic dynamics that have to be address to create stable recycling markets, but all of our counties can learn from each other and find ways to recycle all waste so that it isn't contaminating our ground and water.
- recycling bins | refuse containers - Western Finger Lakes Authority Lyons NY
- Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency - OCRRA - Recycling, Composting, Disposal in Syracuse and Onondaga County
- Tompkins County | Solid Waste
- Recycling - City of Buffalo "The City of Buffalo’s Free Electronics Recycling Facility is now open for city residents at 1120 Seneca Street. “We are very excited to offer this free service to City of Buffalo residents in an attempt to encourage responsible electronic recycling,” said Mayor Byron W. Brown. Note: What’s great about the new e-waste facility is that the city will get $0.08 per lb for everything collected there. "
Recycling expansion: Check out how your county recycling is going to expand as of June 1st. New Materials Accepted by the Monroe County Recycling Center Effective June 1, 2011 Lots of new stuff will be recycled that wasn’t before. Please consider compacting your recyclables now that you’re going to have more to recycle. I wouldn’t do to have more junk flying around our neighborhoods just when we increased the amount of stuff we can recycle. And, if you need more recycling containers (blue bins) please contact your hauler. If you are in the City of Rochester, that would be the City of Rochester. Environmental Services | Monroe County, NY
NYS Plastic Bag Reduction New York State's Plastic Bag Reduction, Reuse and Recycling Act Effective January 1, 2009, a new statewide law requires certain retail and grocery stores to set up a plastic carry out bag recycling program for their customers. Stores with 10,000 square feet or more of retail space and chains which operate five or more stores with greater than 5,000 square feet of retail space, and which provide plastic carry out bags to customers, are required to comply with the law. Why Recycle Plastic Bags? Each year, Americans throw away more than 100 billion plastic bags. Less than 1% are recycled. Recycling these bags reduces waste and litter, resulting in cleaner streets and waterways and less material in landfills. Recycling also protects wildlife because plastic bags can be dangerous to animals that ingest them or are strangled by them. In addition, using recycled plastic bags in place of virgin plastics reduces our demand for oil. Recycled plastic bags provide valuable material to manufacturers of plastic lumber, plastic bags and other useful products. Avoiding the Use of Plastic Bags Helps Even More