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Annual Recycling Report
2015 Annual Recycling Report for the City of Buffalo
The City of Buffalo Department of Public Works manages solid waste generated by city residents. This includes safe and proper disposal of municipal solid waste and recyclables. The City of Buffalo is required by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) to prepare and submit an Annual Recycling Report. The Annual Recycling Report submitted this year to the NYSDEC can be viewed at the end of this document.
The City of Buffalo saw modest increases in all major recyclable commodities
In addition, the City of Buffalo spearheaded the Western New York Coalition for Donated Goods (WNYCDG) – a consortium of nonprofit organizations whose mission is to educate the community about the environmental and economic benefits of recycling unwanted clothing and other donated goods, while providing easy access to donation opportunities. In 2015 the City of Buffalo, was able to ascertain from data estimates provided by the WNYCDG, that 4,800 tons of clothing/textiles was diverted from the waste stream for reuse and recycling in the City of Buffalo.
The City of Buffalo, through local ordinance, bans all scavenging of curbside material. However, because of the value of scrap metal, white goods are typically scavenged prior to the City collection vehicle getting to the location to retrieve and recycle the item. Therefore, the City uses estimates provided by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to estimate the scrap metal from white goods.
Additionally, the City of Buffalo includes all returnable beverage containers (returned for the deposit) in its annual recycling numbers with the acknowledgment of the NYSDEC.
During 2015, The City of Buffalo’s DPW/Recycling Program managed:
The City of Buffalo contracts with private companies to handle the proper disposal of its recyclables:
Buffalo Public Schools Outreach— the City of Buffalo provides both operation and educational support to the Buffalo Public Schools. In 2015, the City of Buffalo worked with Buffalo Public Schools to ensure that all schools had a recycling program. The City of Buffalo provided single stream green tote recycling to 16 Buffalo Public Schools. The remainder of the schools recycle paper and cardboard with Cascades Recovery or Republic Services. The City of Buffalo also worked with two schools to conduct a Waste Audit to determine additional materials that could be diverted from the waste stream. Additionally, the City of Buffalo Recycling Coordinator provided classroom programming to over 20 classrooms.
For additional information, residents should feel free to contact Susan Attridge, Recycling Coordinator for the City of Buffalo at 716-851-5014 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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