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Home > Leadership > Mayor > Archived Press Releases > 2008 Archives > December 2008 > Mayor Announces Holiday Tree Recycling Program Revised Garbage Collection

Mayor Brown Announces Holiday Tree Recycling Program And Revised Garbage Collection Schedule

Source/Contact
Office of the Mayor
Peter K. Cutler
Director of Communications
716-851-5841

Department of Public Works, Parks, and Streets to collect Holiday/Christmas trees for mulching

Expanding upon the city’s recycling program, Mayor Byron W. Brown has announced an additional effort to properly dispose of any naturally grown Christmas tree in the City of Buffalo.  The collection is scheduled to last from January 5th to January 9th on regularly scheduled garbage day.  This will be conducted by the City of Buffalo’s Department of Public Works, Parks & Streets as a way to reduce costs associated with taking the trees to landfills. Sixty dollars is saved for every ton recycled.

To participate in this collection, city residents are asked to place trees out on their curb (preferably un-bagged) before a scheduled garbage pickup.  Although they are scheduled on the same days, trees will be picked up separately from garbage, so city residents should not be concerned if they are left behind after garbage removal.

Garbage Collection

In the wake of this weekend’s snowstorms, regularly scheduled garbage collection this week will take place one day after the regularly scheduled collection date (e.g., today’s collection will occur tomorrow, Tuesday, December 23rd and on into Saturday). Next week, Thursday’s (1/1/09) garbage will be picked up on Friday and Friday’s (1/2/09) garbage will be picked up on Saturday. 

In addition to the one-week tree pick-up, the City is also offering drop-off opportunities at three locations in the city from December 26th to January 17th.  These locations are as follows:

Cazenovia Park
Golf course parking lot
South of Seneca Street, at the foot of Wildwood

Shoshone Park
Parking lot
North off of Hertel, at the foot of Beard

1120 Seneca Street
Rear parking lot
Between Babcock and Smith

These drop-off sites will be open from 7:30 am – 3:00 pm, Monday through Saturday.

After their collection, all trees will be brought to Lardon Construction, Inc a registered composting facility.  Some of the natural mulch produced by Lardon Construction will be donated to Grassroots Gardens of Buffalo, an organization that has helped to maintain community gardens at over sixty sites in Buffalo.