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Aerosol Cans

Empty aerosol cans that contained paint or pesticide must be thrown away in trash. Other empty cans can go in the Monroe County blue bins (oil, cosmetic, etc). See “Hazardous Household Waste (HHW) Facility for full or partially full cans.

Anything (or almost)

If it is still working and/or in good condition:

Find a Rochester non-profit that could use it:

List it on Craig’s List for free:

Send an email to your friends, they may be looking for stuff or have heard of a need.

Check out the Western/Central NY Materials Exchange site:

Look into the Rochester ReUse It group:

Sell it on

Have a garage sale or donate items to the Pittsford PTSA Super Sale in October.

If it is building/remodeling stuff, maybe someone else can use it through Habitat for Humanity:
Bring your stuff/contact for pick up general for these places (in alphabetical order)

ABVI-Goodwill stores. Drop box at Jefferson Plaza and other places

Asbury First United Methodist Church Storehouse:

Saint’s Place via St Louis Church 586-5675 (recorded message lists items they currently need), or

St Vincent DePaul Society, contact Peter Shadd 338-2330

Volunteers Of America 647-1150 or

Wilson Commencement Park phone 263-7930.251 Joseph Ave,

Air Conditioners, window units

If working, check Community Wishbook (see “Anything”).

If no longer working, contact your waste hauler (may be an additional fee). They contain Freon that is dangerous to the environment. Towns often sponsor a once a year program to drop them off. Also see “Recycle Center.”

Antifreeze (automotive)

Take to HHW. See “Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Facility”.


Appliances that contain freon (refrigerators, dehumidifiers, air conditioners) must be disposed of appropriately. Contact your waste hauler as there may be an extra charge.

Many places need small appliances like toasters them for clients. Try Saint’s Place via St Louis Church 586-5675 or Habitat for Humanity ReStore at


Fibers that become airborne (Friable) when disturbed are dangerous if inhaled. See “Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Facility”.

Baby equipment

Check Community Wishbook (see “Anything”).

Birthright 924-1990

Sometimes there are recalls on car seats and toys.

Backpacks, duffle bags

Big need at all times for many in the Community Wishbook. (see “Anything”).

Any time of year, Hillside Children’s Center 436-4442

Baked goods

Share some with your mail carrier, trash haulers, fire dept, group home (Railroad Mills for example) to brighten their day!

Batteries, Alkaline or Zinc (non-reusable)

New batteries are needed by many in the Community Wishbook (see “Anything”).

Used alkali batteries can be disposed of in the trash.

Batteries, (Rechargeable)

If new, check out Community Wishbook

Used Nickel Cadmium (Ni-Cd), Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH), Lithium Ion (Li-ion), and Small Sealed Lead* (Pb). These are rechargeable batteries commonly found in cordless power tools, cellular and cordless phones, laptop computers, digital cameras, two-way radios, camcorders, and remote control toys.) Preserve natural resources and keep discarded products out of landfills. Bring to Circuit City, Cingular Wireless, Home Depot, Lowes, OfficeMax, Office Deport, Sears, Sam’s Club, Staples, Target, Verizon Wireless or the Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Facility. For complete list & more info:

Car batteries (lead-acid) can be taken by individuals to retailers and service stations at no cost.

Charge Up to Recycle! program, please call 1-800-8-BATTERY or to find other sites that recycle batteries.

Bed, mattresses

Saint’s Place 586-5675 or contact first to verify on need.


Hillside Children’s Center only in Spring, in good condition 436-4442

Second Life Bikes. Bikes in good condition or parts. Drop off at 15 Saddle Brook or, contact Sue Shepard-Davis at 385-1256,

Friends Helping Friends 226-230 Hudson Ave 436-5605

Blue bins

See “Recycle Bins” for information on the correct items to place in the Monroe County blue recycle bins.


Plastic bottles (soda bottles and soon water and other drink bottles) will have a refundable deposit. Grocery stores and business (like EZ Bottle and Can Return, 1259 Fairport Road) take them back and return the deposit and the Monroe County blue bins accept plastics #1 and #2 and clear, green and brown glass.

Bottle caps

See “Plastic bottle caps.”


These are small household items like vases, pictures, floral arrangement, etc.

See “Anything”.


Donate to Pittsford Community Library, daycare centers, preschools, Goodwill, Hillside Children’s Center, Saint’s Place at St Louis Church

Resell to Barnes and Noble in Pittsford Plaza or a second hand book store

Hardcover and softcover books (those that no one could use) can also be placed in the Monroe County blue bins.

Also see Telephone books

Brake Fluid (automotive)

Take to HHW. See “Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Facility”.

Building supplies

Flower City Habitat for Humanity has a store that accepts items from a remodel or new project. They accept cabinetry, tile, lumber, house hardware, light fixtures, some appliances, etc. Contact them at 697-2012

Bubble wrap

Clean wrap (#6 Plastic (Polystyrene) and bubble wrap and packing peanuts) in good condition. The UPS Store in Cobblestone Court across from Eastview Mall. Perhaps others if you ask them.


See “Light bulbs

Campbell’s soup labels

(and other labels like Prego) Church of the Transfiguration and St. Louis Church

Camping equipment

Boy Scouts at Otetitiana Council for underprivileged troops.


See “Plastic bottle caps.”

Cardboard (corrugated)

This is the sturdy cardboard with flutes between multiple layers, often brown colored. Put it to curb in or next to the Monroe County blue bins flattened, 2x4 feet maximum. If you have a large stack of flattened boxes, it should be tied together with string or twine.

Cardboard (non-corrugated= filler board)

Tissue paper boxes, tp rolls, cereal boxes, shoe boxes, back of a pad of paper. Just put it in your Monroe County blue bin. See “Paper” also.


Donate them for craft projects to a Scout troop, day care center, etc.

St Jude’s is accepting used, all-occasion greeting cards from November 15, 2008 thru February 28, 2009. You can mail your donations (card fronts) to: St. Jude's Ranch for Children, Card Recycling Program, 100 St. Jude's Street, Boulder City, NV 89005. They turn them into new cards and resell them


Volunteers of America 647-1150

National Kidney Foundation

ABVI/Goodwill has a car donation program:


Save gas by riding with someone else.

Uof R has a carpool web site. You get cheaper parking rates too!

Find a carpool out of time

Catalogs/junk mail

Place in Monroe County blue bins.

Reduce your unwanted mail. See “Mail.”

CD, DVD, VHS, video games, jewel cases

If your electronics just isn’t your taste any longer you can: Consider donating the DVD or VHS to a library or swap the media for another one someone else no longer wants at But if you just want to let it go and not worry about it ending up in a landfill, send it to for recycling. See products made of old “tape”

Videotapes get tangled and caught on everything so send tapes to ACT (, that employs disabled people to clean, erase, and resell videotapes.

Cell phones

Verizon stores. They have collected more than two million used wireless phones for the benefit of domestic violence victims and advocacy groups. Also see and or Also Seneca Park Zoo, Circuit City (1575 Marketplace Drive), Sunnking (637-8365) or Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Facility.

Charge Up to Recycle! program, please call 1-800-8-BATTERY or visit

Clif Bars

Every year millions of non-recyclable energy bar wrappers end up in our landfills. TerraCycle and Clif Bar are working together to change that. As an eco-friendly innovator, TerraCycle is going to convert the used wrappers (All energy, granola, nutrition, cereal and protein bars with an inner foil lining are acceptable. They cannot accept wrappers that do not have the foil lining or candy wrappers) into unique accessories and other upcycled products. Once you have signed up for the Wrapper Brigade, TerraCycle will mail out 4 prepaid collection bags to your address. Once a collection bag is filled with 200 wrappers, send it back. The Wrapper Brigade program will allow almost any individual and organization to save energy bar wrappers from taking up space in our nations landfills. Clif Bar will donate $.02 per energy bar wrapper you collect to the charity of your choice. If you don't have a charity currently in mind, you may choose from a list of existing charities! There are no signup fees whatsoever. See

Clothes, gently used

March – Scouting for Food & Clothing program (bags on door & Wendy’s Rest. barrels)

June- summer clothing drive at Church of the Transfiguration

October – Coats for Kids run by Pittsford Woman’s Club often advertised via schools, library, businesses

October- Pittsford School PTSA Super Sale* donate or consign

November- winter clothing drive at Church of the Transfiguration


A Second Thought Resale Shop* (Heritage Christian Homes) 359 W commercial Street, E Rochester, 340-5730.

Bayden Street Settlement 325-4910,

Catholic Family Center 232-2050 1476 St Paul Street 9-5 pm

Drop boxes in Pittsford Village or many other sites

Lu’s Back Door 19 Jefferson Ave, Fairport, 377-4008

Matthew’s Closet 880 Main Street, Rochester, 232-5160

Open Door Mission 210 West Main Street, Rochester, NY 454-6696,

Second Hand Rose (50 State Street, Pittsford) 385-3681

St Pauly Textiles 292-0460, drop boxes: 292-0460. 5375 W Henr. Rd/Moose Family Center or 1799 Lehigh Sta. Rd/Rush High School or 230 Pinnacle Road at Winton/Firehouse or 850 Bailey Road/Henrietta Fire Station.

St Vincent DePaul Society, contact Peter Shadd 338-2330

Elementary school size-Rochester Children’s Zone

*Some places have consignment.

Clothes, new underclothes

Eastern Service Workers (child ages 10-14) via Church of the Transfiguration

Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL)

See “Light bulbs”.


In good condition? Lots of non-profits can use them: or Also many towns and schools are now having collection drives.

If not in good condition, don’t just toss, let others use parts and discard safely:

Rochester Computer Recycling & Recovery, LLC, 7318 Victor-Mendon Road (Rt 251) Victor, NY 14564

Rochester Computer Recycling & Recovery, 395 Central Avenue, Rochester, NY 14605, (585) 546-6620,

Maven Technologies

Sunnking (637-8365).

ABVI-Goodwill Reconnect program.

Also see to dispose of electronic data storage media (floppies, CDs, etc) 1-800-305-3475.

Also see CD, DVD, VHS topic.


Terracycle accept all corks! Natural, synthetic, wine, or champagne. Send them in! See

To turn wine bottle corks (natural cork, not plastic ones) into flooring and wall tiles, ship them to these folks. See


This is a related topic….A way to reduce spending your money. Lots of different sites are out there, here are some posted in the D&C 11/08:;;;;;;

Craft supplies

Girl Scout troops, Day Care centers, Camps, Bible Schools, Christian Formation programs.

Craft Bits and Pieces in Fairport at

Child Care Council Recycle Shop at


If you have lots in good shape, donate them to a day care center or after school program, etc.

If the crayons are in broken, or well used, send them for reuse. See

Crocs (plastic shoes)

The manufacturer recycles used Crocs into new shoes and donates them to underprivileged families. Drop them off at any Bon-Ton (Eastview or Henrietta stores) or Journey’s store or the Factory Shoe Outlet (East Rochester Wegman’s Plaza off March Road/Fairport Rd) or mail them to: Crocs Recycling West, 3375 Enterprise Avenue, Bloomington CA 92316.


See “Pets”.


See CD, DVD, etc

Electronics (Walkman, radios, cassette players, cameras)

Hillside Children’s Center 436-4442

Donate to organization holding a tag sale (PTSA SuperSale, Benincasa) or to Saint’s Place.

Trade-in used working small electronic items thru and get a gift card to spend on new electronics.

Electronics (computers and related equipment)

See Computers or CD, DVD, VHS, etc topics.

Engine oil

If you change the oil on your car, lawnmower or other equipment recycle the oil at any service station that changes oil or a Quick Lube type place. Oil mixed with gasoline is accepted at the “Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Facility.”


Lenscrafters at Eastview Mall or any site. They can pass along or reuse the frames, lenses and cases. ( Target Optical department also has boxes.

Lions Clubs often place boxes around towns.

Rochester Eye and Human Parts Bank 272-7890, 524 White Spruce Blvd., Rochester,

Organizations that rehab glasses and

Film canisters

Most photo labs will accept them.

In Monroe county, you can put the black base (#2) plastic in the blue recycle bin. The gray top is usually #4 plastic.

Fire Extinguisher

Bring to the Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Facility

Food (nonperishable)

Pittsford Food Cupboard,

For a complete list of food pantries, see

Food Waste products

Do not put cookie fats (bacon grease, etc) down the drain. Residents can cool fats and place in glass or plastic jars and bring to Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Facility.

Some inedible food waste (meat, fat, cooking oil, etc) from restaurants and businesses can be recycled into products like animal feed. Contact Baker Commodities 482-1880.

Fluorescent light bulbs

See “Light bulbs”.


Kitchen table & chairs, coffee tables, Saint’s Place via St Louis Church 586-5675

Consign with Finders Keepers, 124 S Main St, Fairport, 421-3750

Wooden furniture Habitat For Humanity ReStore

Put at curb on nice day before garbage pickup with “Free” sign


Hillside Children’s Center 436-4442

Also contact camps, daycare centers, afterschool programs to ask if there is a need

Glue bottles and glue sticks

Starting April 2009, Elmers is providing boxes for classrooms to collect these items, then bring the full collection boxes to Walmart. See for details. Rinsed glue bottles that are made of #1 and #2 plastic can go in the Monroe County blue bins. Glue sticks cannot go in the recycle bins.

Green websites

Here are just a few:

Rochester’s web site for going green:

Rochester environment web site provides lots of topics and local meetings/talks, etc. at

St John Fisher has a good resource:

U of R’s efforts:, and

For lots of information on lots of topics,

TreeHugger is the leading media outlet dedicated to driving sustainability mainstream at

Sierra Club local at national:

Genesee Valley Chapter Adirondack Mountain Club at

New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) at costs.

Simple steps to protect the environment

Climate change info

For recycling ideas (but most have been incorporated here,,21770,1835098-3,00.html)

Town of Brighton recycling efforts:

Material recycling web site for Monroe County.

Environmental information for Monroe County under Environmental Services

Grass clippings

If your lawnmower doesn’t have a mulch option, create a compost pile (ask a neighbor if he/she wants them) or use them for a path rather than costly mulch.

Hangers (clothing)

Dry cleaners may take them back or donate them to a second hand shop.

Halloween candy

Nov 1-3 Open Door Mission via Park Road School PTSA or other schools

Health aids (walkers, crutches, DME, etc.)

InterVol collects and gets supplies to places that need them. This includes durable medical equipment as well as clean bandages, tape, empty pill bottles. For a complete list, see

Ambulance Corps may take crutches

Household goods

October to Pittsford School PTSA Super Sale

June to summer clothing drive at Church of the Transfiguration

Also see Anything (or almost) listing

Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Facility (Monroe County)

See this site for a list and discussion of items (like lawn and garden chemicals, paints, stains, cleaners) considered household hazardous waste:

Make and appointment and bring your items to them for proper disposal. 444 East Henrietta Road, Rochester, New York 14620, Phone: 585-753-7600 (option #3).

Helium tank

Bring to the Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Facility

Hearing Aids

The Starkey Hearing Foundation ( recycles used hearing aids, any make or model, no matter how old. Lions Clubs also accept hearing aids (as well as eyeglasses) for reuse; log on to to find designated collection centers near you.

Home Heating Fuel Oil tank

Contact AAA Universal Heating 328-1423 if tank is on property and full for prices. Bring old oil to the Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Facility.


Bring in an old iPod to an Apple store and get 10 percent off a new one. Your out-of-date iPod will be broken down and properly disposed of. The catch? The discount is valid only that day, so be prepared to buy your new iPod.


Consider having a jeweler remake it into something new.

Donate it to tag sales.

See Prom dresses, Pittsford Super Sale.

Juice bags/pouches

Because most are a combination of a plastic polymer and aluminum, these are not recyclable. But TerraCycle will donate 2 cents for each Honest Kids, Capri Sun, and Kool-Aid Drink pouch and 1 cent for any other brand you collect and send in to the charity of your choice. The organization provides free shipping, too. What does TerraCycle do with all those pouches? Turns them into colorful purses, totes, and pencil cases that are sold at Target and Walgreens stores throughout the country. To get started, go to

Juice boxes (gable top)

Remove the straw and put in the Monroe County blue bins.

Kitchen ware (pots, pans, plates, silverware, etc)

Saint’s Place via St Louis Church 586-5675,


Crestwood Children’s Center contact her for current need

Donate to tag sales.

Light bulbs

Incandescent (old style) can go into garbage.

Compact Fluorescent lights (CFLs) use 75% less energy and last up to 10 times longer than comparable incandescent bulbs, hence they reduce your cost and energy and fuel used to generate power. However, CFLs contain mercury, which should NOT be put into household garbage. Bring CFLs or long tube bulbs to any Home Depot store for proper recycling. Alternately you can contact Hazardous Household (HHW) Waste Facility.

Tip: When you buy a CFL, tape the receipt to the box. When you install the light, write the date on the light in an obscure location and note on the receipt where you put the bulb. When the light burns out you can check how long it has lasted. If it has a significantly shorter than advertised lifetime, consider contacting the manufacturer for a refund.

Lighting fixtures

See building supplies.

Linen (sheets, blankets, bed spreads, towels)

Open Door Mission 454-6696

Saint’s Place via St Louis Church 586-5675

If in bad shape, Lollypop Farm 223-1330 or animal shelter for animal bedding.


Contact school libraries, nursing homes, after school programs, soup kitchens, medical waiting rooms to read or for cutting up for collages/projects.

Recycle them in your Monroe County blue bin.


Reduce the amount of “junk” mail you get (5 years) through the post office by writing to:

Reduce your unwanted catalogs by entering information into or email

Opt out of receiving pre-approved credit card offers (5 years) 1-888-5-OPTOUT or

To stop mail from Direct Marketing Assoc (DMA) members visit (site also has credit card, mag and other things to stop)

To stop “resident’ and “occupant” mailings, send email form to or 1-888-241-6760

All paper mail can be placed in your Monroe County blue bin.


For quilting, Church of the Transfiguration 248-3922 for comfort blanket ministry

Also see Crafts.

Medical supplies

See “Health Aides”.


Don’t flush those outdated or unwanted drugs as they get into the water supply! Ask a pharmacist how to dispose of them properly. Or bring them to Monroe County Hazardous Waste facility (, 248-6250 (?) for incineration. Sometimes you’ll be told to mix with a small amount of water to dissolve, then add to solid waste, but ask first.

Mendon Market receipts

Drop them off at Benicasa, 3880 Rush-Mendon Rd (Rts 251 and 64) 624-8070

Metal, scrap

Recycle it, don’t trash it. Bring to Alpco 846 Macedon Center Road, 986-8900, They take motors, appliances, iron, steel, tin, aluminum, copper pipes, etc. They also are a full recycling center.

Microwave ovens

See “Appliances.”

Motor oil

See “Engine oil”.


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Office Equipment

UR Med Center departments have a wish list for donations:

Find a Rochester non-profit that could use it:

Check out the Western/Central NY Materials Exchange site:

Other things?

If you have additions, ideas or suggestions, contact me to update this list:

Packing materials

Some are made of vegetable starch and are water soluble. If so, let the kids play in the sink and let them dissolve (but don’t run the water too long).

Save them with your gift wrap to use for packaging.

Bring them to the UPS Packaging store in Cobblestone Court (across from Eastview Mall) (along with #6 plastic and bubble wrap and air pillows) or give them to a friend who ships a lot of items.


Nearly full gallons of relatively new paint, Habitat for Humanity ReStore.

For latex paint (1/3 gallon or less), mix with cat litter to absorb and when solidified, put in trash. Reference:

For oil based paint and latex paint (1/3 gallon or more), it is hazardous waste and must be discarded properly by the county facility. See


Use the back side for kids to doodle and figure math problems.

Put it in the Monroe County Blue Boxes for pickup. The “Paper Caper” began in 1995. Paper items may be kept together by using a brown paper bag (except for holding shredded paper, do not use plastic bags). Almost any kind of clean paper product can be placed in the recycling bin (NO soiled papers, paper toweling or wet paper).

Newspapers, Magazines, Catalogs, etc.

Phone Directories

Paper Boxes—cereal, cracker, soda, tissue, shoe, gift, toy, etc.: discard plastic liners and flatten.

Pizza Boxes: discard all contents and flatten.

Junk Mail, Advertisements and Brochures

Home Office Paper, Files, School Papers, etc.: shredded paper in clear plastic bags only.

All Envelopes: window envelopes too!

Paperback and Hardcover Books

Gift Wrap and more!

Buy 100% recycled paper.

Bring shredded paper to Lollypop Farm 223-1330 or animal shelters for small animal bedding.

For a list of companies that can dispose of confidential papers (certified document destruction) see “Paper Shredded” in the yellow pages of the phone book.

Photo albums

Hillside Children’s Center 436-4442

Donate to tag sales.

Pet supplies

If you no longer have a pet, donate the supplies to:

Lollypop Farm


They can use old blankets, shredded paper, office supplies, etc. See their wish lists.

Pill bottles

Empty with no label. InterVol at

Plants (outdoor)

Put a “Free to good home” sign next to plants in old pots by your curb.

Send an email to friends. Contact schools, daycare centers, Ronald McDonald house

Plants (indoor)

YMCA, churches, camps (not hospitals or daycare centers as they can have allergies)

Plastic bags

Grocery stores have recycle bins.

Consider using cloth bags or paper bags rather than one time use bags.

Use for packing a gift and as packing material when putting decorations away.


ONLY #1 and #2 in Monroe County blue recycle bins.

Here is a cheat sheet. The plastics industry has put the recycle symbol on plastic to identify what a certain plastic is made of:

No. 1: Polyethylene terephthalate (PET, PETE), the most widely recycled plastic, is used for soft-drink bottles and is also commonly found in textiles, which explains why a bottle can be turned into fleece.

No. 2: High-density polyethylene (HDPE) is used for detergent bottles and grocery bags.

No. 3: Polyvinyl chloride (PVC or vinyl) is what salad-bar containers are made from.

No. 4: Low-density polyethylene (LDPE) is used for dry-cleaning and fresh-produce bags.

No. 5: Polypropylene (PP) is what makes bottle caps, yogurt cups, and drinking straws.

No. 6: Polystyrene (PS) is also known as Styrofoam. If clean and in good condition (also bubble wrap and packing peanuts) deliver to the UPS Store in Cobblestone Court or other locations.

No. 7: These “other” plastics, such as polycarbonate baby bottles, are generally not recyclable at most centers.

The American Plastics Council

Plastic bottle cap

They’re made from a plastic that melts at a different rate than the bottles, and they degrade the quality of the plastic if they get mixed in. The caps CANNOT go in your Monroe County blue bin. Save them (water, milk, soda, laundry detergent, bottles which have threads on the inside) separately and drop them off at the garbage can in the Church of the Transfiguration parking lot on West Bloomfield Road (along with a dollar to help cover shipping). For additional information, see

Or you can ship directly to: Aveda Re-Cap Program, ACA Waste Services, 40 EADS Street

Babylon, NY 11704.

Printer cartridges

Most school have a collection box as do most office supply places, Church of the Transfiguration and Southeast YMCA on Jefferson Road. They are melted down and reworked. Also see Imagine for more info.

Produce (garden/tree overstock)

Family, friends and neighbors, hospices, senior living centers, Heritage Christine Homes, etc. Especially good for zucchini in August!

Prom Dress, etc.

Fairy Godmothers of Greater Rochester. Fancy clothes, not more than 3 yrs old), evening bags, wraps and jewelry to support girls in financial need in the Rochester area. Contact: Renee 218-0548,

Propane tanks

Bring to the Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Facility or contact a propane supplier such as Suburban Propane 889-3770, Taylor Rental 872-2770 or Jackson Welding Supply 235-2920. Some have fees to drop off tanks.


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Recycle, general info

Check out these great sites:, also see

Recycle bins (Monroe County Blue boxes)

To find out what you can and CANNOT put into your garbage and recycle bins in Monroe County, go to: Monroe County

Also, contact your waste disposal company (Waste Management, Heberle, etc). See also Paper.

Recycling Center

Alpco 846 Macedon Center Road, 986-8900, For paper, plastic, glass, aluminum as well as all types of metal (file cabinets, motors, etc).


If you remove a cabinet, sink, tile, etc, the Habitat for Humanity ReStore may be able to use it/sell it for a small amount to someone who just loves that chandelier! See Building supplies.

If you tear out brass pipes, aluminum duct work, etc, recycle it at Alpco 846 Macedon Center Road, 986-8900,


Remove doors to prevent a child from being trapped. Contact your hauler (there may be additional fee). If buying a new one, delivery folks may take old one. Contact camps for needs. Bring to Alpco (see Recycle Center above.)

School supplies

Have a year-end collection of items in your child’s school from students and teachers/staff to collect gently used binders, books, paper, games, etc.

Mitch Nellis with Greenseed Educational Supplies collects supplies from east side towns and donated them to various schools, social outreach programs 857-0438 cell.

Scout uniforms (Cub and Boy Scout)

Hillside Children’s Center 436-4442

Boy Scouts on 474 East Avenue, 244-4210, will give them to inner city troops. Drop them off.

Shoes, purses

See “Clothing”.

Sharps (Syringes, lancets, etc)

Sharps must be in an approved sharps container OR in a two-liter plastic soda bottle or a rugged laundry soap bottle with the cap taped on and labeled “sharps” and may be brought to the Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Facility with or without an appointment. You can get labels from the DES 753-7600. Additionally, area hospitals and nursing homes accept sharps for proper disposal.

Six-pack ring

Six-pack rings and other plastic debris can frequently be seen littering roads and waterways.  Six-pack rings are also dangerous to wildlife – animals get entangled in them, snare their feet, or get their beaks or muzzles wrapped in them.  Recycle six-pack rings by sending them to: ITW Hi-Cone, Attn: Recycling Dept., 1140 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., Itasca, IL  60143-9918,
(630) 438-5300 x406.

Schools can join a program called Ring Leader Recycling Program (; kids collect six-pack rings to be recycled into other plastic items, including plastic lumber and plastic shipping pallets.

Small things

Rochester School #7 via Church of the Transfiguration 248-3922. Used as learning incentives as gifts for student’s parents.

Donate to tag sales.

Smoke detectors

Most common type of smoke detector contains a small amount of Americium 241, a radioactive material. First Alert makes the majority of detectors takes only First Alert & BRK smoke detectors (you pay for shipping); call 800-323-9005 for information. For other brands, see


If in good shape, donate them to places that accept clothing or donate them to needy athletes in the United States and around the world through Mail them to One World Running, P.O. Box 2223, Boulder CO 80306, or call 303-473-1314 for more information.

Well used sneakers can be made into retread sports fields. Donate sneakers without metal or light up mechanisms to the Monroe County Rochester Operations Center, 444 E. Henrietta Road (Building 15). For information on the Nike retread program, see or

Sports equipment

Bring it to Play it Again Sports, 1900 Empire Boulevard, Webster, to resell, 359-0740

Donate it to camp, or a younger neighbor

Donate to Bayden Street Settlement 325-4910,

Stuffed animals

Due to germ issues, used stuffed animals are rarely passed on to other kids. Consider donating to Lollypop Farm or another animal shelter for the animals to use.

Styrofoam packaging

See “packing material”.


See CD, DVD, etc

Telephone books

Put old ones in the Monroe County blue recycling bins.

If you got too many of the current year’s book, bring them to Frontier Communications at 1225 Jefferson Road, Henrietta, in the Cohoes Plaza just west of the 390 Interchange.


Most any service station/auto repair shop that changes tires will recycle them. Cost is about $2.50 per NYS mandate. Some places may charge a bit more. Or contact Northside Salvage Yard 381-9667, Tire Trax 482-2940 or Uneeda Tire Shop 546-3860 for locations and costs.

Toiletries (travel samples)

Bethany House 288-6760

Pittsford Food Cupboard 264-9860

Open Door Mission

Often times the Middle School or church groups collect them

Tops market register receipts

St. Monica’s school via Church of the Transfiguration 248-3922


Daycare centers, preschools, camps

In June at the summer clothing drive at Church of the Transfiguration

Wilson Commemorative Center see “Anything”.

Transmission Fluid (automotive)

Take to HHW. See “Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Facility”.

Turkey dinner

Church of the Transfiguration for Thanksgiving Food Drive

Firehouses, police stations for people that work on holidays

Tyvek envelopes

Tyvek. DuPont, the maker of Tyvek, takes these envelopes back and recycles them into plastic lumber. Turn one envelope inside out and stuff others inside it. Mail them to Tyvek Recycle, Attention: Shirley B. Wright, 2400 Elliham Avenue #A, Richmond VA 23237. If you have large quantities (200 to 500), call 866-338-9835 to order a free pouch. See


Underwear. See “Clothing”.


See “Cars”.


See “CD, DVD, etc


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Xmas lights

Ship your old lights to, Attention: Recycling Program, 120 W. Michigan Avenue, Suite 1403, Jackson MI 49201. The company will send you a coupon for 10 percent off its LED lights, which use 80 percent less energy and last 10 years or more. And they’re safer, too. LEDs don’t generate much heat, whereas incandescents give off heat, which can cause a dry Christmas tree to catch fire.

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