A food waste receptacle on Elmwod Avenue
Ryan Zunner / WBFO News

The City of Buffalo is taking aim at reducing food waste with a new initiative in the Elmwood Village.

Canada bans single-use plastic bags

Jun 11, 2019
RitaE / Creative Commons

Add Canada to the list of places planning to ban plastic bags. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced that Canada will ban so-called single-use plastics, which could include shopping bags, drinking straws and eating utensils, by 2021.

The Wendt Corporation

After a nearly four-month study of safety records, worker interviews, a facility walk-through and a review of industry best practices, the Western New York Council on Safety and Heath has released a report critical of the Wendt Corporation in Cheektowaga.


The City of Buffalo is ramping up efforts to recycle waste.


Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown is urging city residents to recognize Earth Day today.

Buffalo Zoo

A unique educational campaign has been launched that blends science and creativity to red-flag the dangers of plastic pollution.

File photo

The City of Buffalo will continue its weekly recycling collections under a new contract approved by the Common Council this week.


A little over a year ago, the City of Niagara Falls got serious about its curbside recycling program that, for years, was among the worst in Western New York. Although the city hasn’t quite reached the national average, it has improved enough to outpace the City of Buffalo. Investigative Post reporter Dan Telvock reviewed the two programs and found that sometimes, one clever idea and a simple change in the law can make a big difference.

Twitter @NFTotesMcGoats / Niagara Falls Solid Waste Education and Enforcement Team (SWEET)

In just two days, the new part-goat, part-man mascot of the Niagara Falls recycling program has become an internet sensation. Its name: “Totes McGoats.” / City of Buffalo

A new website and social media campaign is being used to help the City of Buffalo meet its goal of a 34 percent recycling rate by 2018.

Avery Schneider / WBFO News

At a cold but sunny Earth Day announcement in Niagara Square, the City of Buffalo unveiled its first-ever ad campaign aimed at increasing recycling rates.

Earth Day through the eyes of local residents

Apr 22, 2015
New York State Senate

The first Earth Day was held in 1970 as a way to boost awareness of global environmental issues. But what does Earth Day mean to the average Western New Yorker?

If you have a closet cluttered with all of that electronic gear you no longer use, you have a chance to legally dispose of them Saturday.

An e-waste recycling event runs from  9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Saint Amelia's School on Eggert Road in the Town of Tonawanda.

The number of these events has proliferated since Albany passed a law barring garbage collection firms from picking up most electronic gadgetry. Before that, the devices were routinely put out at the curb and hauled away to the landfill.

Recycling collections double in City of Buffalo

Mar 8, 2012
WBFO News file photo

The City of Buffalo announced that its weekly recycling collections will remain due to the “impressive response” to participate by city residents.

The city recently started a new single stream curb-side recycling pilot program by the Department of Public Works.

The city reports that in the past three months, 70,000 households in Buffalo received either a 65 or 95 gallon green cart for recycling.  Recycling collection has doubled in the Queen city since the arrival of the new green totes. 

Nearly 1,000 tons of material was collected last month.