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Home > Leadership > Mayor > Archived Press Releases > 2014 Archives > December 2014 > Christmas Tree and Electronic Waste Recycling Event

Christmas Tree and Electronic Waste Recycling Event


The City of Buffalo Public Works Department to Collect Christmas trees and Electronic Waste for recycling

December 19, 2014 – Mayor Byron Brown today announced that the City of Buffalo will hold a Christmas “tree-cycling” and electronics waste recycling event on January 17th at the City of Buffalo Engineering Garage located at 1120 Seneca Street, Buffalo, NY.   

“After the Holidays we are pleased to offer city residents the additional opportunity to properly and safely recycle Christmas trees and unwanted computers and electronic items,” said Mayor Byron W. Brown. “By participating in this event, residents are helping to reduce the amount of unsafe disposals in our area, which can be harmful to their health as well as the environment.” 

City of Buffalo residents are encouraged to properly dispose of electronic equipment between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. Items accepted at this free-of-charge recycling event are computers, printers, toner cartridges, computer accessories, televisions, tablets, scanner, audio equipment, video equipment and circuit boards. Residents may also recycle Christmas tree lights and used clothing.  Participants must certify that their items are household generated, as commercial waste will not be accepted.

The City of Buffalo also operates a year round electronics recycling program at the DPW Engineering Garage.  Residents may drop off electronics Monday through Friday from 9:00am – 3:00pm and the first Saturday of the month from 8:00AM – 2:00PM at 1120 Seneca Street.  Curbside pickup of electronics is not available. 

In addition to electronics recycling, the City of Buffalo will also be accepting Christmas trees for recycling at the January 17th event.  City residents can bring their natural Christmas tree to 1120 Seneca Street where it will be chipped on site.  Residents can take chips with them for re-use as mulch.  Trees should be free of ornaments and tinsel. 

The City will also have curbside collection of naturally grown Christmas trees.  The collection is scheduled to last from January 5 to January 9 on residents scheduled garbage day. This will be conducted by the City of Buffalo’s Department of Public Works, Parks & Streets as a way to help the environment and reduce costs associated with taking the trees to landfills.  To participate in this collection, city residents are asked to place trees out on their curb before a scheduled garbage pickup and to not place them in garbage bags. Although they are scheduled on the same days, trees will be picked up separately from garbage, so city residents should not be concerned if they are left behind after garbage removal.

In addition to the one-week tree pick-up, the City is also offering drop-off opportunities at three locations in the city. These locations are as follows:

  • Cazenovia Park, Golf course parking lot, South of Seneca Street, at the foot of Wildwood
  • Shoshone Park, Parking lot, North off of Hertel, at the foot of Beard
  • 1120 Seneca Street, Rear parking lot, Between Babcock and Smith

    *Signage will be posted at all locations

These drop-off sites will be open from 7:30 am – 3:00 pm, Monday through Saturday, beginning December 27th  and ending January 17th.

It is also important to note that during the week of Christmas, Thursday’s garbage and recycling will be picked up on Friday and Friday’s garbage and recycling will be picked up on Saturday.  In the same way during New Year’s week, Thursday’s garbage and recycling will be picked up on Friday and Friday’s garbage and recycling will be picked up on Saturday.  All other scheduled garbage pick-ups will remain the same.