Recycling Competition

4-H Recycling Competition

We are hosting a recycling competition for all Niagara County youth, ages 5-18. The competition will run from July 1st through October 31st. During this time, youth are encouraged to collect household items and turn them in throughout the competition timeframe. All items are to be turned into the Administration Building on the county fairgrounds, at 4487 Lake Avenue, Lockport. 

Difficult to recycle items that will be collected include toothbrushes, toothpaste tubes, beauty and personal care packaging, health and nutrition packaging, office supplies, Hasbro Toys, and electronics. CCE collects these items and sends them to Terracycle for recycling.

 The competition encourages youth to collect hard to recycle items in order to divert waste going to the landfill and provide a new life for our old products. Each item turned in equals one point. The more items recycled, the more points one gets! Points will be added up and the top ten participants with the most amount of points will receive a prize. Point leaders will be updates on the recycling competition webpage biweekly for youth participants to track their progress. The winners will be announced on November 15th, which is America Recycles Day.

The recycing competition is a fundraiser to support CCE and 4-H programming, and is hosted in partnership with the Niagara County Department of Public Works and funding from a Walmart Local Community Grant. For more information about recycling and the impact you can make every day, visit, and

See below for a full list of items that can be recycled: 

Office Supplies

  • All brands of empty writing instruments (pens, mechanical pencils, etc.)
  • Dried up marker and highlighters
  • Empty glue sticks and glue bottles
  • Empty water color dispensers
  • Empty paint sets
  • Any plastic packaging from office supplies
  • Empty Cannon and Hp ink cartridges
  • Any brand of tablet – cannot accept chargers
  • Any brand of laptop – cannot accept chargers
  • Any brand/kind of cell phone – cannot accepted chargers

Personal Care Items

  • Empty toothpaste tubes
  • Empty floss containers
  • Toothbrushes
  • Packaging from all oral care items
  • Skin care bottles, tubs, tubes (facewash tubes, lotion tubs, serum bottles, etc.)
  • Hair care bottles, tubs, tubes, etc. - no aerosols
  • Cosmetic containers (mascara tubes, eye color packages, foundation bottles, etc.)
  • Vitamins, minerals, and supplement bottles/containers
  • Cough, cold and flu medicine bottles (no pharmacy bottles)
  • Personal care packaging (lotion tubes/tubs, lip balm tubes, etc.)
  • Foot care products (foot files, pedi-egg, etc.)
  • Infant formula containers

Other Items

  • Food storage containers, glass and plastic (such as Rubbermaid containers, Tupperware containers, Pyrex food storage, etc.)
  • All plastic drink pitchers
  • Candle and fragrance containers (tubs, jars, lids, car fragrance and plug ins, plastic packaging, etc.) from: Yankee Candle, Woodwick and Chesapeake Bay Candles – these brands only
  • All Hasbro games, toys, action figures, etc. (ONLY Hasbro toys can be collected, i.e., Monopoly, Operation, PlayDoh, Mr. Potato Head, etc., or parts of these) – Please look online to ensure it is a Hasbro item before turning it in.

Although brands are mentioned – we can accept any brand of the specified items. The only requirement is that the product is used up and rinsed out (toothpaste tubes just need to be emptied as much as possible). In addition to the attached lists, we can also accept some electronic waste including: Standard cell phones, smart phones, iPhones, select inkjet cartridges (hp and cannon), laptops, notebooks, netbooks, iPads and tablets. 

Every time we send a recycling shipment in, the Niagara Co. 4-H program will receive a small monetary donation. This is a great opportunity to divert waste from the landfill, provide a new life for our old products, AND help Niagara County 4-H!

Please contact Amanda Henning,, if you have any questions. We look forward to your recycling donation! Thank you for your support!


Amanda Henning
Agriculture & Food Systems Educator
(716) 433-8839 ext. 231

Last updated July 1, 2020