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ECHDC announces recycling partnership with City of Buffalo

by jmaloni

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Thu, Jul 16th 2015 05:25 pm

New plan at Canalside encourages recycling and supports the 34andMore Buffalo Recycles campaign

Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. today announced it has teamed up with Mayor Byron Brown and the 34andMore Buffalo Recycles initiative to establish a newly improved recycling program at Canalside. The city has given Canalside 50 recycling containers, 50 garbage totes and 20 clear stream totes, which will add to Canalside's existing number. The new prominent placement of containers will help further promote recycling in Buffalo.

"Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. supports all efforts to encourage recycling, not just at Canalside, but everywhere," ECHDC Chairman Robert Gioia said. "We love seeing people taking a personal interest in keeping our waterfront as pristine as possible."

"I thank Canalside for embracing our efforts to recycle in Buffalo, and now I ask residents and visitors to continue to support 34andMore Buffalo Recycles and recycle at Buffalo's newest waterfront destination," Brown said, noting partnerships like the one between the City of Buffalo and ECHDC will help him reach his ambitious goal of 34 percent recycling in Buffalo by 2016. "34andMore Buffalo Recycles is a lively and energetic citywide recycling campaign designed to ensure that Buffalo continues to go greener every day, and I thank Canalside for its effort to help us."

Brown kicked off the 34andMore Buffalo Recycles campaign on Earth Day in April. The city's advertising campaign is aimed at encouraging city residents and visitors to recycle. The $50,000 campaign, funded by a Recycling Education Grant given to the city as part of its contract with Republic Services, is part of a comprehensive recycling marketing plan designed to help Buffalo double its recycling rate in the coming years.

The city recently received a grant award of 50 Clear Stream Recycling totes from Keep America Beautiful and Coca Cola. Twenty such totes will be at Canalside.

The new recycling upgrades at Canalside have been made to boost the experience for all visitors. ECHDC and the City of Buffalo are working to improve the experience for residents and visitors. This initiative aims to promote a healthier and cleaner lifestyle. To ensure a cleaner and green environment, the clear bins are part of a strategy to promote safe garbage disposal and sustainability in Western New York.

In addition to the recycling effort, Canalside is proud to be a smoke-free zone. To help reinforce this regulation, 20 no-smoking dark, blue lawn signs are on display along the waterfront and by the canals. The goal of the smoke-free environment is to eliminate cigarette debris, and ensure a clean, fresh air, outdoor experience for all.

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