RPD Video Surveillance

RPD currently uses over 1500 cameras to help with crime investigations in the City (map attached). Of those, about 1250 are private residential and business cameras that they have permission to access. This strategy of working with citizens to fight crime has a proven track record of success. If you have a private camera that is used to monitor outside activity (i.e. “Ring”) around your home or business, and would like to share that with RPD on an as needed basis, please complete the attached Video Retrieval Form and send it to:

Sergeant Chuck Zlotkus:  cz0697@cityofrochester.gov

Should you have any questions, you can call the Southeast Quadrant Neighborhood Service Center at (585)428-7640

Residential Curbside Recycling

Mixed Recycling at the Monroe County Recycling Center

recycle, reuse, and compost.

For over 25 years, Monroe County residents have enjoyed a progressive and convenient curbside recycling program. As is its charge from the county, Waste Management, Inc., the Monroe County Recycling Center’s (MCRC) contract operator, examines the waste stream for sustainable recovery opportunities. In 2014, the MCRC started to accept Mixed Recycling materials from its recycling collector customers. Mixed Recycling means that paper materials no longer need to be separated from containers–they can all be mixed together. 

The MCRC’s ability to process Mixed Recycling has enabled the collection of recyclables in a one bin system, including the transition to rolling recycling carts provided by several local municipal and private collection companies. The benefits of Mixed Recycling include cost effective collection with a compaction truck, reduced transportation impacts, increased convenience for residents, and often times increased recycling rates.

One of the primary challenges with Mixed Recycling is increased contamination, which is the amount of non-recyclable materials that are put into recycle bins and ultimately disposed. While the Monroe County Recycling Center’s contamination rate is well below the national average, it is increasingly important to reduce the amount of contaminants in recycling streams to maintain a sustainable recycling system.

Some recycling collectors are not customers of the MCRC. Customers should contact their hauler to confirm what is accepted and how recycling bins should be prepared.

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NEW!Monroe County’s Recyclopedia! Click here for in-depth answers to recycling questions!

Click here for Frequently Asked Questions

Refuse, Recycling Collection Delayed by One Day Next Week Due to Winds

City of Rochester

News Release

Refuse, Recycling Collection Delayed by One Day Next Week Due to Winds

(Friday, Feb. 22, 2019) – Refuse and recycling will be delayed by one day next week due to the forecasted high winds.

City residents whose collection days are normally Mondays are asked to place their toters out on Monday evening for a Tuesday collection. Tuesday’s collection will take place on Wednesday, and so on for the remainder of the week.

Residents seeking more information may contact 311.

Home Roofing Program: Deadline to Apply is July 31

Home Roofing Program: Deadline to Apply is July 31

Applications are now being accepted from single-family homeowners who need help paying for roof replacement.  The Program will provide financial assistance to replace the roofs for 60 owner-occupants who own a single-family home located in the city of Rochester. The assistance will cover the cost of a roof replacement and other related repairs such as gutters, downspouts, roof flashing and minor chimney repair.

To be eligible, homeowners must also meet income guidelines, be current with City and County property tax payments, not be subjected to a tax or mortgage foreclosure and agree to live at the property for three years after receiving assistance.  A total of 60 names (pre-applications) will be randomly selected from a pool of applicants. A total of 30 percent of the selections will be senior citizens.

The open pre-application period is NOW until July 31, 2018. Property owners must submit a pre-application to their Neighborhood Service Center. Our Southeast Service Center is at 320 N. Goodman St. Suite 209,  Phone: 428-7640.  A drawing will be held at 1 p.m. on August 8, 2018 at the Ryan Center, 530 Webster Ave from the qualified applications to select 60 grant recipients.  For more information, call 428-6912 or visit the City’s website at www.cityofrochester.gov/roofrelief.  Also see Roof Repair Program 2018-7

Recreational Fires

With the arrival of summer, outside/backyard fire season has returned. Please remember that our homes are very close together and be considerate.  Many of us rely on open windows to cool our homes.  Your neighbors may tolerate an occasional outdoor fire, but we’ve already been receiving complaints of frequent fires which force neighbors to close windows, triggering asthma etc. 

Everyone has a right to clean air.  Outside fires are permitted only when they don’t create a nuisance. If the fire is causing smoke or air quality issues that impact your neighbors, you may be asked to extinguish the fire. Better yet, pay attention. If the smoke from your fire is moving towards a neighbors house, put the fire out before it becomes a nuisance or health issue to others.  Campgrounds and parks are much better sites for open fires.

The fire department reminds us to:

  • Never leave a fire unattended.
  • Closely supervise children
  • Make sure you have something nearby to extinguish the fire (sand, dirt, garden hose or fire extinguisher).
  • Outside recreational fires must be a minimum of 25 feet from any structure or anything that can burn. They cannot be under the canopy of trees.
  • Avoid outside fires on dry or windy days.
  • Never use gasoline to make a fire.
  • Charcoal grills or other open-flame cooking devices may not be operated on balconies or within 10 feet of structural materials that can burn.
  • Only charcoal or clean, untreated or unpainted wood can be burned. Plastics, treated or painted woods, and trash release toxins when burned.
  • Fully extinguish all fires before you leave them.  Just this week one re-kindled at 5:30 AM.

Summer Meals – Free for Kids and Teens 18 and Younger

The summer is almost here and for families that can mean a lot more to manage when kids are out of school.  Whether playing sports, getting ahead with summer classes, or hanging with friends at a city R-Center, eating a nutritious meal is often the last thing on kids minds.  And with the constant availability of junk foods everywhere, it is increasingly tough for children to make healthy choices.

Thankfully, Summer Meals is back, offering City of Rochester kids 18 and under a fresh, healthy, and free meal that fits in with their on-the-go style.  Provided by the City of Rochester, Foodlink, or the Rochester City School District, kids can eat food that will keep them full and satisfied without spending a dime or leaving their favorite activities!

Summer meals can be found at R-Centers, schools, churches, neighborhood programs, and lots of other places kids spend time during the summer.  And, don’t forget the Summer Meals Food Truck that stops at libraries, parks and other community sites around Rochester. Best of all, parents don’t have to take extra steps to get their kids involved – just drop in during the scheduled mealtime.

To find a location, look for yellow banners with the brightly colored “Summer Meals” logo around your neighborhood! For a complete list of meal times and locations visit http://www.SummerMealsRoc.org  or dial 2-1-1.

Below is the GoFundMe link to support the Coalition for Cobbs Hill’s lawsuit against the city.

Request for Help!

In an effort to stop the proposed redevelopment of Cobbs Hill Village by Rochester Management, the Coalition for Cobbs Hill has been formed by over 30 local neighborhood and community organizations, including the Park Meigs NA.

For further information about the project and our efforts to block it, see https://tinyurl.com/yczjx6ln

Below is the GoFundMe link to support the Coalition for Cobbs Hill’s lawsuit against the city. An attorney has been hired, and the suit has been filed, so please do anything you can support this effort!

Here is some additional information about the coalition and its fundraising effort from Chris Stevens, president of the Upper Monroe Neighborhood Association:

“We are not, and do not hold ourselves out to be, a 501c3. Contributions to this are not tax-deductible. This campaign is to raise money to pay legal and attorney fees the Coalition for Cobb’s Hill incurs in filing suit against the City. Should we raise more funds than we incur in legal fees all excess will be donated to the Rochester Area Community Foundation.”


In 2034, Rochester will be two hundred years old. What better way to party than to plan now for even better Rochester future. Consider taking ROCHESTER 2034 survey.

One of the most important powers and duties granted to a city and its citizens is the responsibility to develop a comprehensive plan. It is a community-wide effort that engages residents, business leaders, educational institutions and other important community partners. Typically looking out at the next 15 years, a city comprehensive plan is a means to promote and protect the general health, safety and welfare of the people and to lay out a course of action for the future social, physical, and economic development of the community. Rochester 2034 will serve as the fundamental basis for making public and private decisions on land use regulation and development, future investment, and the allocation of critical resources.

The previous comprehensive plan, called “Renaissance 2010 Plan”, was adopted by City Council in 1999 (Read the Renaissance 2010 Plan Here)Rochester 2034 will take a fresh look at our community’s current opportunities and challenges, identifying a new vision for the Flower City as we arrive at our 200th birthday in 2034.