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Lagging behind national norms

The national recycling rate for curbside collections is about 25 percent. Only one of the 10 largest cities and towns in Erie and Niagara counties approaches that average.

City or town Recycling rate

Amherst 24%

Clarence 17%

Hamburg 17%

Lancaster 16%

West Seneca 16%

Cheektowaga 13%

Town of Tonawanda 12%

Buffalo 10%

North Tonawanda 10%

Niagara Falls 4%

Note: Based on 2012 data. Rates are typically based on paper, plastics and other materials placed in recycling totes or bins. Criteria for materials counted toward the rate can vary among localities.

Source: Investigative Post research.