BUFFALO, N.Y. -- An initiative to educate residents in the
neighborhood around the University at Buffalo South Campus about
the benefits of recycling is paying off, thanks to the efforts of
UB's Off Campus Student Services, UB Green and the UB Honors
During the summer of 2010, member of the three UB organizations
conducted a survey of recycling practices among residents in the
University Heights neighborhood from Bailey Avenue and LaSalle
Avenue to Kenmore Avenue and Englewood Avenue, and found that at
that time 488 recycling bins were in use in the neighborhood.
The UB groups embarked upon an education campaign, distributing
information to all residents about the City of Buffalo recycling
program and other sustainable habits.
Blue recycling bins were made available during the UB Neighbors
Block Party and Safety Fair held Sept. 5, with more than 200
distributed to participants, and in October, students from UB's
Honors College went door-to-door to ask residents if they were in
need of a recycling bin, resulting in an additional 150 distributed
to households throughout the neighborhood. Residents also were
asked to sign a pledge to recycle, provided with recycling
instructions and reminded of the importance of participating in the
city's recycling program.
As of Oct. 28, the use of recycling bins had increased by nearly
50 percent, thanks to the UB initiative.
UB will continue to encourage recycling and other "green"
efforts throughout the spring, and will continue to distribute
recycling bins through it Office of Off-Campus Student Services. In
addition, UB will work with students leaving campus at the end of
the academic year to donate furniture and appliances to area