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Posted on: April 21, 2023

Mayor Brown & Div. of Citizen Services Celebrate Earth Day 2023 By Supporting A Number of Cleanups

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Buffalo, New York – Mayor Byron W. Brown and the Division of Citizen Services today announced its support of a number of organizations that are doing clean-ups throughout Buffalo in recognition of Earth Day 2023. Additionally, Mayor Brown invited City residents to participate in this year’s Great American Cleanup. This is an annual initiative focused on beautifying the City of Buffalo, its homes, and neighborhoods to foster social responsibility.

“Earth Day is Saturday, April 22nd and it holds a special place on Buffalo’s calendar given our diverse network of parks, green space and waterways, and commitment to building a green and more sustainable future,” said Mayor Brown. “We’re pleased to support a number of organizations and their lineup of clean-ups in neighborhoods citywide and thank them for taking part in activities that teach us to be good stewards of our environment.

Citizen Services Director Oswaldo Mestre stated, “The Division of Citizen Services is specifically tasked to work with residents, community organizations, faith-based organizations, block clubs, and businesses within the City of Buffalo and to assist in supporting Earth Day activities throughout the City of Buffalo. During these Clean-ups, I am encouraging residents to utilize the 311 Call and Resolution line to report any quality-of-life issues that they may encounter. 

Since its inception, the Great American Cleanup has engaged millions of volunteers and participants annually, making it the nation’s largest community improvement program. The City of Buffalo has participated in the Great American Cleanup since the name was adopted in 1999. Every spring, the City of Buffalo organizes and encourages our community members to participate in cleanup events such as litter and shore-line trash pick-up, recycling, and tree planting.

The Great American Clean-up is a national initiative that begins and runs through June 22, 2023. City of Buffalo residents are encouraged to participate and register their community organization to remove and clean up trash and debris to beautify their area. Mayor Brown and the Division of Citizen Services will again provide equipment to assist organizations with their clean-up initiatives across the city.

Any resident wishing to participate is asked to call 311 to register their cleanup event. The Division of Citizen Services will provide Great American Clean-up kits which may include the following: trash bags, trash pickers, gloves, and hand sanitizer.

Registration for the Great American Clean Up will remain open until June 21st. Block Clubs, community leaders, public and nonprofit organizations, faith-based organizations and Buffalo residents are encouraged to organize an event, recruit volunteers, and register their participation by calling Mayor’s 311 Call & Resolution Center.

For more information, please contact Aaron Adams at or call 311.


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