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Posted on: December 14, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Mayor Brown Announces New Recycling Initiative That Teaches Creative Ways to Upcycle


Buffalo, NY - Mayor Byron W. Brown announced today a new upcycling public awareness initiative, designed to teach residents via social media how to creatively upcycle with the City of Buffalo’s 34andMore. Upcycling is a form of recycling that turns waste into new materials - giving new use to a product that would otherwise be thrown away (or recycled).

“The Holiday season is a great time for residents to think about reusing or upcycling items around their house that would otherwise be thrown out,” stated Mayor Brown. “As we continue to promote a more beautiful and environmentally friendly community, upcycling gives us another creative way to reduce our footprint and protect our environment.”

From now through December 30th, a variety of upcycling messages will be posted and shared on Monday, Wednesday and Friday on a number of the City’s social media platforms. Visit @recyclebuffalo or

Under the direction of Mayor Brown, the City of Buffalo continues its strong commitment to increasing its recycling and recovery programs. He recently announced that the City of Buffalo was the irst municipality in New York State to have an approved Comprehensive Recycling Analysis, as required under New York State regulations.

In 2012, the City of Buffalo switched to single-stream curbside recycling for all residential structures as well as commercial entities in the designated commercial districts, followed by the launch of the 34andMore Buffalo Recycles program, with a recycling goal of 34%, the national recycling average. Since then, overall recycling rates increased from 15.9% in 2012 to 30% in 2019. This steady progress has been aided by several new recycling initiatives: Recycling Reinvented, Let’s DO This! Neighborhood Recycling Competition, Community Dare to Repair Cafe program, the Environmental Champions Program, in partnership with Buffalo Public Schools, the Scrap it! Food Waste Initiative and the Recycling Reinvented campaign.

Mayor Brown continues to encourage all city residents, visitors and business owners to recycle. By building on the positive momentum, he hopes to achieve his recycling goal of 34%–the national recycling average. For more information about Buffalo’s Recycling program, please visit


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