Mayor Byron W. Brown made a stop today at The Broadway Market to check on the progress of his newly expanded Food Waste Recycling program. After getting positive feedback from residents and organizations during the pilot phase of this project, the program was expanded to four months, June- September, at five locations citywide: South Buffalo Farmers Market, Massachusetts Avenue Project Farmstand, North Buffalo Farmers Market, Broadway Market and the Downtown Country Farmers Market
“Since the program began in June, I’m pleased to report that over 1,400 pounds of food waste has been collected and composted,” said Mayor Brown. “This is a safe, smart, and free way of disposing of food scraps that will be turned into valuable compost. I thank residents for recycling their food waste and encourage them to continue to support our 34andMore Buffalo Recycles program.”
Since June 2019, 530 people have participated in the expanded City of Buffalo Food Scrap Drop Off Program.
Susan Attridge, Director of Reuse and Recycling, stated, “We are so happy that people are embracing the Food Waste Scrap Drop Off program. We have staff at all five weekly events to educate residents on the importance of reducing food waste as well as providing a drop off for food waste composting.”
Buffalo has a goal to recycle 34% of its waste over the next few years through composting, reuse, and recycling. Diverting food waste from the municipal solid waste stream is one of the most effective ways to achieve this goal because a large amount of household waste consists of food scraps. Rather than going down the disposal or being sent to a landfill, this food waste can be converted to compost. The creation of compost, a natural healthy fertilizer, can be useful for our community parks, gardens, and trees, instead of being sent to landfill.
City residents can drop off their food waste from June through September at the following locations:
Farmers Market Day
South Buffalo Farmers Market
Cazenovia Park @Casino
Sundays 9AM - 1PM
Massachusetts Avenue Project Farmstand
387 Massachusetts Avenue
Wednesday 4PM - 6PM
North Buffalo Farmers Market
780 Parkside Ave
Thursday 4:PM - 7PM
Friday 9AM - 11:AM
Downtown Country Farmers Market
Tuesday 10:AM - 12:PM
Vegetable & fruit scraps, coffee grounds and coffee filters, tea bags, nuts & egg shells
Meat, chicken, fish, greasy & oily food, dairy, animal waste, litter or bedding, coal or charcoal, coconuts, diseased or insect-infested houseplants, or biodegradable /compostable plastics
Residents can collect and place food scraps within any reusable plastic containers such as large yogurt bins, Tupperware containers, commercially available compost pails, milk cartons, or in paper or plastic bags. The City is giving out reuseable food scrap containers as well (as long as supplies last).
For odor reduction, store items within freezer or refrigerator, and add a layer of shredded newspaper to the bottom of the container. All food scraps collected will be transported by the Natural Upcycling to the Buffalo River Compost.
All items will be disposed or recycled in a responsible and environmentally safe manner. For more information, please call 851-5014 or visit www.buffalorecycles.org.