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Mayor Brown Announces New Partnership To Improve City Recycling Program
Contact: Peter K. Cutler
Mayor Byron W. Brown today, as an extension of the 2nd Annual Buffalo Niagara Earth Day Initiative, announced his new plan to increase recycling throughout the City of Buffalo.
In a study by Men’s Health, the City of Buffalo was ranked as the 14th best city for recycling in the United States, and the top city in New York State. The study factored in both residential and governmental efforts, and featured 100 cities across the U.S.
“Increasing our rate of recycling is an important way to reduce our carbon footprint,” said Mayor Brown. “My Administration has set a goal to increase our city-wide recycling rate 3% by Earth Day 2010. This small increase will have a dramatically positive effect on our local ecosystem, as well as benefit our residents through saved tax dollars and new jobs.”
For every 1% increase in the City of Buffalo’s recycling rate, nearly $72,000 in garbage handling costs are saved. In total, by increasing the recycling rate by three per cent, the City of Buffalo could save approximately $216,000 annually.
To jumpstart this plan, the City of Buffalo will be partnering with both the Buffalo Public Schools and the Buffalo Bisons to increase recycling awareness and participation throughout the community. These partnerships will serve to educate city residents about recycling and encourage them to take active roles in protecting and preserving the local environment.
Specifically, a Buffalo Recycles! Poster Contest will be organized for all school children to showcase their artistic ability and commitment to the environment. Also, the city will work with the Bisons to organize special recycling days at Coca-Cola Field.
These new initiatives will further ongoing efforts of the Brown Administration to reduce Western New York’s carbon footprint, including environmentally friendly and energy efficient infrastructure improvements and public works projects, as well as the creation of the Buffalo Green Belt.
For additional information on the Buffalo Recycles! Poster Contest, please visit the city website at www.city-buffalo.com/files/1_2_1/Mayor/BuffaloRecyclesContestRules.pdf . And for questions and concerns regarding recycling in the City of Buffalo, please call the City of Buffalo’s 311 Call and Resolution Center.
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Photos by Angel Art LTP, compliments of the Greater Buffalo Convention and Visitors Bureau. Additional photos by Adrian Roselli, compliments of Algonquin Studios