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Posted on: June 15, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Mayor Brown, City of Buffalo Announce 2020 Food Scrap Recycling Program


BUFFALO– Today, Mayor Byron W. Brown announced that the City of Buffalo is ready to launch its annual Scrap It! Residential Food Scraps Recycling Program. The food scrap drop off program will run from June 21st through September 30th at the following locations:





South Buffalo Farmers Market

Cazenovia Park @ Casino

Sundays 9 AM – 1 PM

Tops Friendly Markets

1275 Jefferson Avenue

Mondays 4 PM – 6 PM

Broadway Market

999 Broadway

Tuesdays 10 AM – 12 PM

Downtown Country Farmers Market

Main St. between Court and Church

Thursdays 10 AM – 12 PM

Massachusetts Avenue Project Farmstand

387 Massachusetts Avenue

Thursdays 4 PM – 6 PM

North Buffalo Farmers Market

Parkside Lutheran Church - 2 Wallace St

Thursdays 4 PM – 7PM

Café Aroma Public Space Drop Off

Corner of Elmwood & Bidwell

Permanent Location



Food scraps are a large portion of our waste stream and the ability to process food scraps locally can lead to opportunities to increase recycling rates and allow the City to become cleaner and healthier. The creation of compost, a natural healthy fertilizer, can be useful for our community parks, gardens, and trees, instead of being sent to landfill.

“This is a safe, smart, and free way of disposing of food scraps that will be turned into valuable compost”, said Mayor Brown. “I thank residents for continuing to recycle more and encourage them to participate in this next phase of our 34andMore Buffalo Recycles program.”

Acceptable material:

Vegetable & fruit scraps, coffee grounds (filter ok), tea bags, nut & egg shells

Unaccepted material:

Meat, chicken, fish, greasy & oily food, dairy, animal waste, litter or bedding, coal or charcoal, yard debris, houseplants, or biodegradable /compostable plastics (other than compostable bags).

Residents can collect and place food scraps within reusable plastic containers such as large yogurt bins, Tupperware containers, commercially available compost pails, milk cartons, or in paper or plastic bags.

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

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