City of Buffalo Recycling Program Sets Another Record

April 3, 2012 Updated Apr 3, 2012 at 3:13 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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City of Buffalo Recycling Program Sets Another Record

April 3, 2012 Updated Apr 3, 2012 at 3:13 PM EDT

BUFFALO (WKBW release) -- Mayor Byron W. Brown on Tuesday announced that City of Buffalo residents recycled more than 1,000 tons of material in March, setting a monthly record for the new “Buffalo Green Cart Recycling Program”. 

According to a news release:

He, and DPW Commissioner Steve Stepniak, made the announcement in the Hennepin Park neighborhood, where curbside pickup of recyclables was underway today.

“Buffalonians have truly embraced recycling,” said Mayor Brown.  “With the larger carts and the expanded list of items to be recycled, city residents have dramatically increased their participation and deserve credit for taking the message of recycling to heart.”

Buffalo rolled out more than 70,000 recycling carts, beginning in December 2011.  Curbside collection was supposed to go bi-weekly March First, but due to the immediate increase in participation and early success of the program, the city continues to collect recyclable items on a weekly basis. 

“The numbers tell the story,” said DPW Commissioner Stepniak.  “We are excited that even before we start to deliver carts to commercial properties, or roll out any targeted marketing campaign, we are consistently breaking records for recycling.”

Buffalo’s near 50% recycling rate last month is higher than the national average of about 25%.  In March 2011, slightly over 700 tons of recyclable items were collected.