Rochester's Green Team, developed to update and expand environmental compliance policy, continues the city's tradition of outstanding environmental stewardship.
These efforts include the addition of alternative fuel vehicles in the city fleet; the Clean Sweep program, which has brought out more than 10,000 volunteers who have collected thousands of tons of debris; and the long-running "Flower City Looking Good" series of events to promote interest in the beauty and sustainability of the natural environment and the restoration of brownfield properties.
Rochester's recycling program has garnered national acclaim. By requiring households to recycle, Rochester reinforces its commitment to green practices while reducing demand on natural resources. The city makes recycling as easy as possible for residents by providing curbside pickup, not requiring items to be pre-sorted, and accepting a wide array of products like newspapers, magazines, glass and metal containers; plastic containers with the plastic container code 1 or 2 stamped on the bottom; corrugated cardboard; empty aerosol cans; telephone books; and clean paper such as junk mail, cereal/shoe boxes, gift boxes and books.