Each property (property is defined as assessed address, not per household) that pays a Residential User Fee is entitled to Weekly collection of garbage and recycling:
Garbage must be in a city tote
Recycling must be in a city tote
Extra recycling can be put in clear plastic bags for pickup
Cardboard must be flatten and broken down
Recycling in Green tote includes all plastic food containers (#1-7), plastic lawn furniture, paper, glass food containers and jars, metal cans and cookware. Additional information is available at www.buffalorecycles.org. The Annual Recycling Report can be accessed here: 2016 Annual Recycling Plan
City’s Large Bulk Waste collection only on the days that are designated for their Council District. Large Bulk Trash is limited to 4 cubic yards (12 feet long, 3 feet high, 3 feet wide). Material must be put out on the Sunday before the scheduled start and will be picked up some time that week.
Garbage - Owner Occupied properties are allowed up to 1 ton of waste at the East Side Transfer Station located at 793 South Ogden Street. Residential drop off is Monday – Friday from 6:30AM-9:00AM and 1:00PM – 3:00PM and on Saturday 8:00AM – 12:00PM. Residents must have a driver’s license and a utility bill as proof of residency.
Electronic Waste - specifically televisions and computers, are not allowed to be disposed of curbside. Residents must dispose of E-Waste at 1120 Seneca Street, Buffalo, NY 14210 between the hours of 8:00AM – 3:00PM Monday – Friday and the first Saturday of the month from 8:00AM – 2:00PM. Senior Citizens and disabled residents may call 311 to make special arrangements for pickup. There is limit of 5 items per year. Residents only. Businesses should contact Sunnking at (716) 685-4577.
Appliances - such as refrigerators and stoves, are allowed as part of the 2 piece bulk trash but they can also be brought to 1120 Seneca Street.
Universal Waste - including fluorescent bulbs, rechargeable batteries, mercury) can be dropped off at 1120 Seneca Street.
Yard waste - (grass clipping, tree limbs, brush, leaves) must be placed in clear bags or tied into 4 foot bundles. The City collects yard waste and composts when time allows and during the 6 week period after the leaves fall. Residents can also call 311 for pickup. Residents can also drop yard waste off at 1120 Seneca Street. Free compost when available to residents.
Tires - can only be disposed of at special collection days. There are 4 collection days at the Broadway Garage 197 Broadway. Additionally, there are tire collections at Household Hazardous Waste events. Call 311 for dates.
Household Hazardous Waste - (paints, oil, gas, pesticides, propane tanks) must be disposed of a special drop off events held by the City two times per year. CALL 311 for the dates.
The City of Buffalo actively supports waste reduction and reuse. In August, 2015, Mayor Brown launched the Western New York Coalition for Donated Goods
The Western New York Coalition for Donated Goods (WNYCDG) is a collaboration of nonprofit organizations whose goal is to promote both the community and the environment through the donation of clothing and other goods. The coalition was formed in May 2014 through the efforts of Mayor Byron W. Brown in response to the request from the nonprofits organizations. The WNYCDG is made of the following organizations: Goodwill, Salvation Army, Buffalo City Mission, AMVETS and Hearts for the Homeless.
Our Mission The WNY Coalition for Donated Goods is a consortium of nonprofit organizations. The mission of WNYCDG is to educate the community on the environmental and economic benefits of recycling and donating goods and provide easy access to donation opportunities.
Why Reuse? Many items we throw away every day have the potential to be reused for their original purposes or for new ones. Reuse allows you to get the most out of the products you buy and saves you money as well. Additionally, reusing products conserves natural resources and saves valuable landfill space. Clothing can be reused again and again. When it becomes unwearable, donations centers can sell the material and use the proceeds on local programming.
Two (2) pieces of bulk trash for collection on their regular collection day. Bulk trash consists of those items that cannot be placed in the garbage tote, and yard debris placed in clear bags. Examples of bulk trash include furniture, appliances (refrigerator, microwave, stove), box of miscellaneous items, large toys, bundles of wood and brush, mattresses, box springs, carpet in 4 foot sections, etc. (For example: One couch and one 4 feet bundle of tree branches is considered two pieces of bulk trash). NO TV’S, COMPUTERS, TIRES, CONSTRUCTION DEBRIS OR HAZARDOUS WASTE ALLOWED AT CURB! For a complete set of rules and regulations, click here (Section 216)
Department Head Steven J. Stepniak, Commissioner, Public Works, Parks & Streets Phone Number - (716) 851-5636
Deputy Commissioner, Streets and Sanitation Henry Jackson Phone Number - (716) 851-5914
Director of Street Sanitation Paul Sullivian Phone Number - (716) 851-5915
Director of Refuse and Recycling Susan Attridge Phone Number - (716) 851-5014