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Buffalo expands its food waste collection program

Buffalo has expanded its Residential Food Scraps Recycling Program to five locations.

The free food waste collection drop-off program will run through September at the following locations:

• South Buffalo Farmers Market, Cazenovia Park Casino, Sundays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

• Massachusetts Avenue Project Farmstand, 387 Massachusetts Ave., Wednesdays 4 to 6 p.m.

• North Buffalo Farmers Market, 780 Parkside Ave., Thursdays 4 to 7 p.m.

• Broadway Market, 999 Broadway, Fridays 9 to 11 a.m.

• Downtown Country Farmers Market, Main Street between Court and Church streets, Tuesdays 10 a.m. to noon.

Residents should store food scraps for a maximum of one week and collect the scraps in reusable containers that they can empty on-site.

Acceptable items include vegetable and fruit scraps, coffee grounds, tea bags, nuts and eggshells.

Unacceptable food items include meat, chicken, fish, greasy and oily food, dairy, animal waste, litter, bedding, coal, charcoal, coconuts, diseased or insect-infested houseplants or biodegradable/compostable plastics.

The city started the pilot program last year in partnership with the Massachusetts Avenue Project.

For more information, call 311 or 851-5014 or visit buffalorecycles.org.

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