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Workshops Aim to Increase City Recycling

By Mark Scott

Buffalo, NY – Recycling rates in Buffalo have dropped in recent years. Now some advocates will try to use some creative problem solving techniques to convince residents to stop throwing away their money.

Very few people recycle in Buffalo. If the recycling rate were to increase just one percent, an advocacy group called EarthLinks says the city would save $64,000 in its garbage disposal costs. In response, EarthLinks will hold two workshops, this Saturday and the one after that. Coordinator Dave Bauer says the goal is to teach neighborhood leaders, who in turn will try to convince their friends and neighbors of the importance of recycling.

"By motivating them and educating them, we want to increase the rates of recycling," Bauer said. "Currently, they're achieving a six to seven percent rate."

One of the reasons for that is the presence of a transient student population in many city neighborhoods, especially in University Heights. Bauer said they're looking for interested individuals who are willing to get involved.

"We're going to train point persons," Bauer said. "We have some people from the cultural institutions. We have some people from local colleges. But mostly, we have residents who have agreed to step up and be change leaders."

Participants in the workshops will be trained in creative problem solving skills. They'll then be able to use those skills to identify any challenges while generating new and useful ideas to increase recycling in their neighborhoods.

Pre-registration is required. Call 858-4988 or e-mail goldsta2@erie.gov for details.