BUFFALO – Mayor Byron Brown announced today that the City of Buffalo has been awarded a $219,900grant from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) to further enhancerecycling education.“The combination of this grant and our many other recycling programs launched in Buffalo will help uskeep even more materials out of the refuse stream in our continued effort to create a cleaner, greener moresustainable Buffalo,” said Mayor Brown, noting that Buffalo received a similar grant in 2013 from the NewYork State Department of Environmental Conservation for recycling education. “I thank the New YorkState Department of Environmental Conservation for this grant, reinforcing the valuable work we aredoing in the City of Buffalo as we continue to grow the ‘34andMore Buffalo Recycles’ program.”Under the direction of Mayor Brown, the City of Buffalo continues its strong commitment to increase itsrecycling and recovery programs. In 2012, the City of Buffalo switched to single stream curbside recyclingfor all residential structures as well as commercial entities in the designated commercial districts. Sincethen, overall recycling rates increased from 15.9% in 2012 to 28.36% in 2017. This steady progress has beenaided by new recycling initiatives such as the ‘34andMore Buffalo Recycles’ campaign, the Let’s DO This!Neighborhood Recycling Competition, the Buffalo Public Schools Environmental Champions Program andthe Community Dare to Repair Café program.For more information about Buffalo’s Recycling programs, please visit www.buffalony.gov.