Community Recycling

How and What to Recycle in Monroe County

Many different things can be recycled!

The following containers, paper materials and license plates (defaced) should be placed in your recycling box and taken to the curb on your regular trash collection day.

Only the containers listed below are accepted for recycling. All containers should be rinsed and placed loosely on the top of paper items in your recycling bin. Please do not separate the types of containers using plastic grocery bags—they should all be mixed together. Labels are accepted.

  • Metal Food and Beverage Cans: lids are accepted.
  • EMPTY Aerosol Cans: remove and throw away caps. NO pesticides or spray paints.
  • Plastic Bottles, Jugs and Jars (#1 - 7): remove and throw away caps, spray pumps and lids. No motor oil containers.
  • Glass Bottles and Jars: Clear, Green and Brown ONLY—remove and throw away all lids and caps. No drinking glasses, window glass, etc.
  • Gable Top (Milk & Juice) Cartons and Drink Boxes: remove and throw away plastic straws.

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.

Some examples:

  • Newspapers, Magazines, Catalogs, etc.
  • Corrugated Cardboard: flattened, 2x4 feet maximum—if you have a large stack of flattened boxes, it should be tied together with string or twine.
  • 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 & Brochures
  • Home Office Paper, Files, School Papers, etc.: shredded paper in clear plastic bags only.
  • All Envelopes: window envelopes too!
  • Paperback & Hardcover Books
  • Gift Wrap and More!

To learn about other programs available in Monroe County such as grass recycling, composting, household hazardous waste, and electronics recycling visit their website at For any questions, please contact your garbage hauler or call Monroe County Department of Environmental Services (585) 753-7600.

Commercial Cardboard Recycling

Cardboard recycling for businesses.

In addition to weekly recyclable collection, the DPW provides commercial cardboard pick-up for businesses who wish to participate. This pick-up is done once per week for cardboard only. Contact the DPW to make special arrangements for this service.


Public Works Links

East Rochester Sidewalk Construction & Replacement Program

East Rochester Sidewalk Construction & Replacement Program Read more

On Tuesday February 27th, 2024 the Town/Village of East Rochester and MRB Group will 
be hosting an informal Public Information Meeting. The meeting is open to residents to stop 
in at any time between 5:30pm to 8:00pm to ask questions with regards to the scope of the 

The meeting will be held in the Jean Daniel Community Center located on the 1st floor 
of the Eyer Building (317 Main Street, East Rochester, NY 14445). 

Documents to download

2024 Town/Village of East Rochester Board Meeting Schedule

2024 Town/Village of East Rochester Board Meeting Schedule Read more

The Town/Village Boad will hold regular monthly meetings in 2024. Each meeting will begin at 7pm. For the complete schedule, please select READ MORE or download the attached document.

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2024 Town/Village of East Rochester - Holiday Schedule

2024 Town/Village of East Rochester - Holiday Schedule Read more

After approval of the Town/Village Board, the Town/Village of East Rochester will observe the following list (for the full list, please select READ MORE) of Holidays for 2024. Please note the Town/Village offices will be closed on these days.

The Department of Public Works may work on these days to maintain continuity of operations.

Garfield Street Replacement Project

Garfield Street Replacement Project Read more

On Tuesday July 25th, 2023 the Town/Village of East Rochester held a Public Informational meeting in the Jean Daniel Community Center. The purpose of the meeting was to present the draft reconstruction plan for Garfield Street. This meeting was open to the public and all comments and feedback were welcome. There will no formal presentation, all information has been posted here on the web site.  

Documents to download



On May 23, 1898, a group of businessmen from Despatch (as East Rochester was known until 1906) met at Branshaud’s Hall on East Commercial Street to set up the first fire department.  On May 29th, the first official meeting was held, and the Despatch Fire District was formed.  During subsequent meetings committees were formed to find estimates for needed equipment, as well as for property and a fire hall.  It was determined that $1800.00 was the amount needed to outfit this first department.  Equipment included:  one dozen rubber coats, boots, and helmets, a hose cart, an alarm bell, a ladder truck, and three chemical carts.  Needless to say, the first fire trucks were either pulled by horses or pulled by hand.

Select READ MORE for the full article on the East Rochester Volunteer Fire Department!