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Posted on: December 20, 2021

Mayor Brown Launches Campaign To Increase Recycling Participation in Apartment Buildings in Buffalo

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Buffalo, New York – Mayor Byron W. Brown announced today that the City has launched a public awareness campaign that calls on tenants and landlords in Buffalo to take part in a new City of Buffalo Multi-Unit Apartment Building Recycling pilot program, called “Let’s Do This Together!”. The public awareness campaign will take place from now through the end of January 2022, and include exterior bus signage, print and radio ads, social media messaging and a public service announcement.

Mayor Brown stated, “I want to thank the many Buffalo landlords and tenants who have already embraced this new pilot program and today I call on others to join this recycling initiative called “Let’s Do This Together!” I also want to thank The Recycling Partnership for partnering with us as we continue to increase recycling in the Buffalo community. We look forward to keeping even more valuable recyclables out of landfills while improving the quality of recyclables that support Buffalo’s continuously growing recycling industry.”

Mayor Brown launched the six-month pilot initiative in early October of 2021 with a grant from The Recycling Partnership and Coca-Cola, with the goal of increasing recycling collection at apartment units located in neighborhoods citywide. Since the start of the program, over 1,000 participants have signed on. The City has dispersed 450 recycling totes, along with recycling guides, posters and other educational materials.

Here’s how the program works. The “Let’s Do This Together!” Apartment Recycling Team works with property managers and residents to bring the City’s 34 and More Buffalo Recycles Program to their buildings. As part of the program, the city provides free collection to participating multi-unit residential apartment buildings, as well as recycling education.

“Multi-unit buildings present a challenge for recycling programs. Ease of use and clear education is the key to a successful program, said Susan Attridge, City of Buffalo Director of Recycling.

The Let’s Do This Together – Apartment Recycling Program is the latest addition to the City’s 34andMore Buffalo Recycles programming. The goal 34andMore Buffalo Recycles is to bring the City to the national average of 34% diversion. Since 2011, the City went from 15% to 25%.

Other initiatives include:

  • Dare to Repair Cafes
  • Environmental Champions Program – Buffalo Public Schools
  • Let’s Do This Block Club Recycling Competition
  • Recycling Reinvented Participate but Don’t Contaminate Campaign
  • Scrap it! Food Waste Composting Program
  • Western New York Coalition for Donated Goods

For additional information on the City of Buffalo Recycling Programs please visit buffalorecycles.org.

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