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Buffalo garbage trucks now spreading the gospel of recycling

City of Buffalo garbage trucks are now encouraging city residents to recycle.

The Brown administration on Wednesday unveiled some of the five city-owned garbage trucks advertising the city’s “34 and more” green-and-white recycling logo. The signs are not on recycling vehicles, because the city contracts out the service, and does not own the recycling trucks.

The city is aiming for at least 34 percent of its overall waste stream to be recycled – the national average. Buffalo’s recycling rate increased to 23 percent in 2014 from 20 percent in 2013. Another increase for 2015 is anticipated, said Susan Attridge, the city’s recycling coordinator. The figures include curbside recycling in green totes as well as yard waste, in addition to electronics, appliances and clothing donations to non-profits including Goodwill or AMVETS.