Recycling tips to make Brighton greener

This page lists ways to recycle common household items in Brighton.

Monroe County’s “Blue Box” program

Monroe County’s “Blue Box” program can accept many items for recycling — paper materials, plastics #1-7 (starting June 1st, 2011), and some metal items. They need to be placed in your recycling box for pick-up on your regular trash collection day.

Find out more about what Monroe County recycles by taking a tour of the Monroe County Recycling Center, 384 Lee Road in Greece. You’ll be surprised at all the helpful information they provide. The Center provides tours to community, scouting and school groups. Call 753-7646 to schedule.

How to recycle non-Blue Box items

As you just read on the Monroe County’s web site, not everything can be recycled under the “Blue Box” program. Below are a few suggestions that you may consider.


ecoparkA partnership between Monroe County and Waste Management of NY, ecopark provides county residents with a “one-stop drop-off” to dispose of or recycle certain items.

Many of the items below can be droped at ecopark. If not, alternative solutions or facilities are provided by using the “ecopark Prospector” tool on its website.

  • Adhesives
  • Aerosol Cans
  • Appliances
  • Asbestos
  • Asphalt Shingles
  • Automotive Items
  • Batteries
  • Business Hazardous Waste
  • Cadmium
  • Cell Phones
  • Cleaners
  • Cooking Oil/Grease
  • Driveway Sealer
  • Drywall
  • Electronic Storage Devices
  • Electronics (Computers, TVs, etc.)
  • Fertilizers
  • Fuel
  • Glass
  • Glue
  • Home Heating Oil
  • Household Hazardous Waste
  • Kerosene
  • Lead
  • Light Bulbs & Ballasts
  • Mercury
  • Metals
  • Paints and Stains
  • Paper
  • Pesticide
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Photo Chemicals
  • Plastics
  • Pool Chemicals
  • Printer Cartridges
  • Radioactive Materials
  • Sealers–Driveway/Asphalt
  • Sealers/Concrete
  • Shredding Documents
  • Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
  • Sneakers
  • Soaps
  • Solvents
  • Strippers
  • Styrofoam
  • Syringes/Sharps
  • Televisions
  • Textiles
  • Thinners–Paint
  • Tires
  • Unwanted, Usable Products
  • Waxes
  • Wire Coat Hangers

Our tips

Some of these tips and others have also been provided by Brighton residents on our Green Tips page. Please add some more!

Other tips/items

  • Donate, Recycle, Reuse (PDF, 415KB) (Revised 01/2013)
    An extensive list of items and recycling suggestions provided by Jeanette Zavislan.

Crayon recycling

The Crayon Recycling Program takes old, rejected, broken crayons and recycles them into fresh, new crayons, which are then available for purchase. Leave the wrappers on the crayons for easier sorting.

When you are ready to ship your used crayons, these tips can help to keep your costs down.

  • One large box is less costly than several small boxes.
  • Use sturdy boxes that closely fit the amount of contents (to avoid crushing or breaking box).
  • Small packages (less than 5 pounds) will cost less shipping via USPS.
  • Use UPS basic ground service for packages over 5 pounds and let them know that you are shipping to a business (lower rates). UPS: 1-800-742-5877
  • Learn more on the Crazy Crayons web site.

Mail crayons to:
Crayon Recycling Program
LAF Lines Ltd.
721 Village Road
Pelican Lake, WI 54463


Battery recycling

All non-rechargeable batteries contain heavy metals: mercury, lead, cadmium, and nickel.

In landfills, heavy metals can leach slowly into soil, groundwater or surface water.
When burned, some heavy metals such as mercury may vaporize and escape into the air, and cadmium and lead may end up as ash.

Dry-cell batteries contribute about 88 percent of the total mercury and 50 percent of the cadmium in the municipal solid waste stream.

Family-sized battery recycling:

Waste Management offers a small battery recycling kit that accepts alkaline, button and rechargeable batteries. The 4" x 6" x 2.5" box costs $16.95.

Large family or group battery recycling:

The Big Green Box for consumer use offers certified recycling for all lithium, alkaline, lead, mercury, nickel-cadmium, nickel metal-hydride, magnesium, silver, zinc and lead batteries. The 13"w x 13"l x 8.5"h box holds 40 pounds of batteries and costs $58.



The original, do-it-yourself green activity. Recycle your yard and kitchen wastes and create great organic material for your garden and lawn. You’ll keep 500-600 pounds of waste from going to the landfill each year! New composting bins are available that minimize odor and critter intruders, making composting easier than ever and possible in even small yards.

Resources to get you started:


Computer recycling

Goodwill and Dell have teamed up to provide locations to recycle all your old computer equipment, printers, monitors, etc. for free. Just take them to your local Goodwill store. Learn more on the Dell Reconnect website.

What you need to know:

  • This program is FREE. Any brand computer is eligible for donation.
  • You are responsible for removing data from your hard drive.
  • Neither Dell nor Goodwill takes responsibility for your data.
  • Donations may be tax deductible. Check with your tax advisor regarding eligibility and donation value.

Goodwill Henrietta
Jefferson Plaza
376 Jefferson Road
Rochester, NY 14623

Goodwill Downtown
451 S. Clinton Ave.
Rochester, NY 14620


Cork recycling

Save your wine and champagne corks—extend their life!

Yemm & Hart, a recycled building materials supply company, is collecting wine cork stoppers with the goal of converting them into a useful self-sustaining product. Their goal is to extend the useful life of this natural resource for decades and to raise awareness of the cork oak tree and its ecosystem.

Do not send plastic wine stoppers and other non-cork materials.

Mail to:
Wine Cork Recycling

Yemm & Hart Ltd
610 South Chamber Dr
Fredericktown, MO 63645

Sneaker recycling

Give new life to those old, beat up sneakers!

Nike’s Reuse-a-Shoe program turns worn-out athletic shoes of any brand into Nike Grind, a material used in sport tracks, courts and playgrounds.

Please note:

  • Only athletic shoes such as running shoes, sneakers, etc.
  • Sneakers cannot contain any metal (grommets, eyelets, zippers, rivets, etc.).
  • Sneakers cannot be in plastic bags, tied together or light-up.
  • No cleats, spikes, boots, shoes, flip-flops, sandals, clogs, crocs, etc.

Monroe County supports this program at its ecopark facility.

Or find other locations on the Nike Reuse-a-Shoe website.


Rigid foam packaging

To recycle the rigid foam packaging — made from expanded polystyrene (EPS) — that protects computer and electronic equipments, break them up tightly in a box to mail at one of the foam packaging recyclers in the U.S.

Details and locations on this page of the Alliance of Foam Packaging Recyclers web site.

Modified: 02/02/2013