Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC) today announced that 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 Corporation supports all efforts to encourage recycling not just at Canalside, but everywhere,” said Robert Gioia, ECHDC Chairman . “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,” said Mayor Brown, noting that partnerships like the one between the City of Buffalo and ECHDC will help him reach his ambitious goal of 34% 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.”


Mayor Brown kicked off the 34andMore Buffalo Recycles campaign on Earth Day 2015 in April, the city’s first ever advertising campaign 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 the City of 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.  20 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 continually working to improve the experience for WNY residents and visitors. The 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 WNY.


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.