Monroe County EcoPark
Monroe County Department of Environmental Services and Waste Management embarked on a 5-month public/private journey to form the nation’s first-ever one-stop drop for difficult-to-dispose-of recyclables, waste disposal, household hazardous waste materials, pharmaceutical waste, electronic and other materials: the Ecopark.  Instead of erecting a structure from scratch, the county and WMNY identified an underutilized solid waste and recyclables transfer station owned by WMNY and repurposed the existing building located at Avion Drive in the Town of Chili (a site that already houses the DES composting facility). The public/private partnership between Monroe County and WMNY and the sharing of ideas and funding between the two entities delivered an environmentally-friendly solution to waste diversion with minimal impact to local taxpayers.

 

This facility is one of the first in the nation to simultaneously accept household hazardous waste, pharmaceuticals and recyclables.

 

B&L assisted in generating a facility plan, including a checklist of general site improvement items, and design documents for lighting and electrical improvements, signage, striping plans, and minor mechanical system improvements. The County and WMNY tasked B&L with obtaining a modification of the facility’s 6 NYCRR Part 360 operation permit for the inclusion of the Ecopark services, within a two month timeframe. B&L also assisted in completing a Supplemental Operations and Maintenance Manual for the new Ecopark facility, outlining all changes associated with the new Ecopark operations which accompanied the application for the permit modification.

 

B&L coordinated the activities of contractors hired by both Monroe County and Waste Management. The short, five month schedule for design, receiving quotes, and completing construction was one of the biggest obstacles to be overcome during the project.  The unique nature of the project itself, and the partnership between the County and WMNY, provided for an unusual division of the contracts.

 

For more information on the Ecopark, visit Monroe County's page here. 

All in One Recycling Center

The ecopark opened its doors to the public on September 21, 2011 as a one-stop-drop off recycling facility where residents can bring their difficult-to-manage items including:

  • Electronics
  • Appliances
  • Compost
  • paper and cardboard
  • printer cartridges
  • propane tanks
  • bulky plastic items
  • cooking oil/grease
  • fluorescent lights
  • sharps and syringes
  • sneakers
  • clothing
  • scrap metal.

Special collections are also available for pharmaceutical and medication diversion as well as household hazardous wastes.