Erie County Department of Environment and Planning

Erie County Department of Environment and Planning The Erie County Department of Environment and Planning provides direct services and staff assistance for physical, community and economic development planning and implementation.
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The annual Rain Barrel and Composter Sale is going on now!There are several environmental benefits associated with rain ...
03/23/2021
Welcome to the Erie/Niagara County 2021 Earth Day Rain Barrel & Compost Bin Sale

The annual Rain Barrel and Composter Sale is going on now!
There are several environmental benefits associated with rain barrels. Foremost, rain barrels reduce stormwater runoff. This is water that does not soak in to the ground and can transport many pollutants to our local waterways. By using collected rainwater for watering lawns, gardens, potted plants and for washing off patio furniture and tools, rain barrels conserve water. From a gardening perspective, the natural nutrients in rain water make it far better than tap water, which has chlorine and fluoride in it. With a rain barrel, gardeners can minimize or eliminate their use of chemical fertilizers.
Composting yard trimmings and food scraps is a simple way to recycle nutrients and return them to the soil. The addition of compost enriches soil and will stimulate plant growth, thereby reducing the need for chemical fertilizers. Composting has the added benefit of reducing the amount of solid waste that would otherwise go to a landfill.
Please contact Erie County DEP at 716-858-2521 if you have any questions. https://eriecompostersale.ecwid.com/

Erie County, in partnership with the Western NY Stormwater Coalition, is excited to again offer area residents discounted Compost Bins & Rain Barrels at our Spring 2021 sale. Orders must be placed by May 8th• Pick-up date/time and location are options to select as items are added to your order. Di...

#WorldWaterDay is an annual United Nations observance day held on March 22nd highlighting the importance of fresh water....
03/22/2021

#WorldWaterDay is an annual United Nations observance day held on March 22nd highlighting the importance of fresh water. See how communities can protect #waterquality in their #watershed by watching training videos by the Lake Erie Watershed Protection Alliance www.erie.gov/lewpatraining

Happy #FirstDayofSpring! Spring cleaning in the weeks ahead? Clothing and other textiles in any condition, as long as th...
03/20/2021
NYSDEC on Twitter

Happy #FirstDayofSpring! Spring cleaning in the weeks ahead? Clothing and other textiles in any condition, as long as they’re clean, dry and odorless, can be recycled.

To find a drop location and acceptable materials, visit on.ny.gov/2u1MNPr and on.ny.gov/2HLCJvV

https://twitter.com/nysdec/status/1373283277289701382?s=21

“Happy #FirstDayofSpring! Spring cleaning in the weeks ahead? Clothing and other textiles in any condition, as long as they’re clean, dry and odorless, can be recycled. To find a drop location and acceptable materials, visit https://t.co/2BCG58QtcE and https://t.co/gGtvh8gz7X”

While foam egg cartons can’t be recycled, here’s some great reuse ideas!
03/19/2021
10 Uses for an Egg Carton

While foam egg cartons can’t be recycled, here’s some great reuse ideas!

After the eggs are all scrambled and eaten, the container is useful for home improvement

Greater Buffalo-Niagara Regional Transportation Council
03/19/2021

Greater Buffalo-Niagara Regional Transportation Council

Join One Region Forward on April 28th for a webinar to learn how land banks can return distressed, vacant, abandoned, and tax-delinquent properties to productive use and convert them into assets for your community!

Register: bit.ly/3vJLmRu

Hey, City of Buffalo residents!!
03/17/2021

Hey, City of Buffalo residents!!

♻️ Save the date! ♻️

The City of Buffalo is hosting a much anticipated Community Shredding Event at JFK Park from 9 AM - 12 PM on Saturday, April 17th.

Residents can bring up to 5 boxes of material for shredding. Clothes will also be collected and donated! 📄👖

The 2021 Erie Grown Passport is now live! For a chance to win prizes, all you have to do is note the date you’ve visited...
03/15/2021

The 2021 Erie Grown Passport is now live! For a chance to win prizes, all you have to do is note the date you’ve visited a local farm listed on Erie Grown. The contest runs from maple to Christmas tree season (3/15 – 12/15/21) and anyone can participate! To find out more, and for Passport materials, visit erie.gov/eriegrownpassport. Questions? Contact [email protected].

NYSAR3
03/15/2021

NYSAR3

Never put unused medications in the recycling bin or down the drain. Doing so contaminates other recyclable materials and pollutes local waterways. To learn how to responsibly dispose of unused medications, visit the Safe Medication Disposal for Households web page (t.ly/wcIF), and find medication drop-box locations near you by exploring this online locator map (t.ly/ifuT). #RecycleRightNY

There are many great local groups who will gladly repurpose clothes you no longer want.  https://twitter.com/CityMission...
03/15/2021
Buffalo City Mission on Twitter

There are many great local groups who will gladly repurpose clothes you no longer want. https://twitter.com/CityMission/status/1371452782134358016?s=20

“Getting a head start on your 🧹spring cleaning? Hold a clothing drive for the Mission! We are in need of new and gently used clothing. Contact our #Volunteer Department today to register today for a drive! 716-854-8181 ext.408 #CommunityConnect #ClothingDrive #buffalocitymission”

It's BACK--here's your chance to order your composter or rain barrel (or both!)  It's a GREAT way to help yourself and t...
03/12/2021
Welcome to the Erie/Niagara County 2021 Earth Day Rain Barrel & Compost Bin Sale

It's BACK--here's your chance to order your composter or rain barrel (or both!) It's a GREAT way to help yourself and the planet!

Erie County, in partnership with the Western NY Stormwater Coalition, is excited to again offer area residents discounted Compost Bins & Rain Barrels at our Spring 2021 sale. Orders must be placed by May 8th• Pick-up date/time and location are options to select as items are added to your order. Di...

The Cultural Funding Applicant Briefings are now available at youtube.com/c/ErieCountyNY1/videos
03/09/2021
Erie County NY - YouTube

The Cultural Funding Applicant Briefings are now available at youtube.com/c/ErieCountyNY1/videos

Official YouTube site for the government of Erie County, New York

NYSAR3
03/08/2021

NYSAR3

Used needles, syringes, and lancets should never go in the recycling bin. Medical sharps, whether loose or stored in a plastic container, that are placed in recycling bins injure local recycling facility employees by pricking them and spreading bloodborne illnesses like HIV and Hepatitis C. To learn about safe disposal of these items, visit the NYS Sharps Collection Program web page (t.ly/fRfh). #RecycleRightNY

The Natural Enquirer( http://www.naturalinquirer.org/)has Science and Engineer cards featuring USDA Forest Service emplo...
03/04/2021
Natural Inquirer >> Science Journal for Students >>

The Natural Enquirer( http://www.naturalinquirer.org/)has Science and Engineer cards featuring USDA Forest Service employees in a variety of Science and Engineering disciplines. The cards are available in English and Spanish. Several lesson plans are included to easily engage students to think about STEM careers. Students can create their own card (PDF) or use critical thinking skills to assemble a team of scientists to solve a particular problem.

Natural Inquirer is a free, peer-reviewed science journal for elementary, middle school, and high school students highlighting current natural resource and environmental science topics.

Yesterday, members of the Erie County Environmental Management Council (EMC) met with County Executive @markpoloncarz an...
03/03/2021

Yesterday, members of the Erie County Environmental Management Council (EMC) met with County Executive @markpoloncarz and @ErieCoDEP to present their 2020 Annual Recommendations Report. The County is grateful for the EMC’s hard work and the thoughtfulness of the report, which this year has a deeper emphasis on environmental justice and climate change.
The EMC’s report can be found here: https://bit.ly/3e660VO

03/03/2021
In case you missed it! Building on a month of strong Paycheck Protection Program results, the Biden-Harris Administratio...
03/01/2021

In case you missed it! Building on a month of strong Paycheck Protection Program results, the Biden-Harris Administration and the U.S. Small Business Administration are taking steps that will further promote equitable relief for America’s mom-and-pop businesses. These simple progressive steps by the Biden-Harris Administration further demonstrate the commitment to racial and gender equity, reaching low and moderate-income, rural, urban, and other underserved areas. The SBA has established a 14-day, exclusive PPP loan application period for businesses and nonprofits with fewer than 20 employee that ends on March 9, 2021 at 5:00 pm ET. Additionally, the Agency will:
• Allow sole proprietors, independent contractors, and self-employed individuals to receive more financial support by revising the PPP’s funding formula for these categories of applicants
• Eliminate an exclusionary restriction on PPP access for small business owners with prior non-financial fraud felony convictions, consistent with a bipartisan congressional proposal
• Eliminate PPP access restrictions on small business owners who have struggled to make federal student loan payments by eliminating federal student loan debt delinquency and default as disqualifiers to participating in the PPP; and
• Ensure access for non-citizen small business owners who are lawfully residing in the U.S. by clarifying that they may use an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) to apply for the PPP.
These actions will help to lay the foundation for a robust and equitable recovery for small businesses across the country. Small businesses employ nearly half of the American workforce; they create 2 out of 3 net new private-sector jobs; they reinvest 68% of revenues to build and sustain communities.
Borrowers can apply for the Paycheck Protection Program by downloading the First Draw PPP loan application or Second Draw PPP loan application and working with a participating PPP lender through the SBA Lender Match tool.

Important message from David Attenborough:  He said this may very well be our last chance. Although it’s impossible to n...
03/01/2021
Global Citizen

Important message from David Attenborough: He said this may very well be our last chance. Although it’s impossible to now avoid climate change, the broadcaster insisted that if the world came together now, a healthy balance was still possible.

An urgent message from Sir David Attenborough 👇

The 2022 Cultural Funding Application is now live! Visit erie.gov/cultural for more info!
03/01/2021
Home | Cultural

The 2022 Cultural Funding Application is now live! Visit erie.gov/cultural for more info!

The Department of Environment and Planning's Division of Planning provides financial assistance and strategic focus and direction to Erie County’s cultural sector to promote the economic and cultural benefits of the County’s tourism, arts, culture, and heritage industry.

Just in case you aren't sure:
02/25/2021

Just in case you aren't sure:

Masks, wipes, and gloves don’t belong on the ground or in your recycling cart ❌

Please place your used masks, wipes, and gloves in the #trash. 😷🧤

#COVID19

Great opportunity for students!
02/19/2021

Great opportunity for students!

Calling all educators! Why not have your students get their hands a bit dirty this spring? DEC’s School Seedling Program offers free trees that can be used as experiential learning tools. Schools and youth-focused organizations can choose between our wildlife packet, white pine, or white spruce and receive 30-50 seedlings. Sign up before March 31st so you can start creating habitat and a natural learning laboratory on your campus. For more information and to apply, visit https://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/9393.html.

C'mon, you've been wondering about vermicomposting, right?!  On March 9th you can find out just how to do it!!http://cce...
02/18/2021
Composting Indoors with Worms

C'mon, you've been wondering about vermicomposting, right?! On March 9th you can find out just how to do it!!

http://ccebroomecounty.com/events/2021/03/09/composting-indoors-with-worms

Live in an apartment or home that does not have access to outdoor space? Learn how to compost indoors year-round with worms. Vermicomposting is a method of composting using earthworms, specifically red wigglers, to process fruit and vegetable scraps into a nutrient-rich compost. All that is r...

Sunnking e-waste recyclers is encouraging Buffalo, Rochester, and Utica area businesses and organizations to gather elec...
02/16/2021

Sunnking e-waste recyclers is encouraging Buffalo, Rochester, and Utica area businesses and organizations to gather electronics from their employees, friends, and family members for two weeks. Sunnking provides boxes to collect items and will pick them up for FREE! For every pound of electronics that Sunnking recycles from your organization, a portion of the proceeds is donated to Camp Good Days to fund future programs. To find out more: https://www.sunnking.com/business/e-scrap-for-camp

Smart Cooking: It Makes Cents with Emma Frisch
02/12/2021
Smart Cooking: It Makes Cents with Emma Frisch

Smart Cooking: It Makes Cents with Emma Frisch

Do you find your household throwing away food before you get a chance to eat it? Take a look at this video produced by Tompkins County Recycling and Material...

Process Open!Applications are now being accepted for the Tonawanda Community Environmental Benefits Program. Proposed pr...
02/10/2021

Process Open!

Applications are now being accepted for the Tonawanda Community Environmental Benefits Program. Proposed projects must improve the environment, public health in the Greater Tonawanda community. Grants will range from $5,000 to $250,000. Community organizations encouraged to apply!

Information sessions will be held on Feb 10 & 16 – learn more and apply at TonawandaFund.org. Deadline is March 26, 2021.

Last week to provide input on the Town of Amherst's ongoing Agriculture and Farmland Protection Plan. Visit amherst.ny.u...
02/09/2021

Last week to provide input on the Town of Amherst's ongoing Agriculture and Farmland Protection Plan. Visit amherst.ny.us/farmland to learn more about the project and amherst.ny.us/farmlandsurvey to take a nine-question survey about agriculture in the town. Survey closes Sunday, February 14!

Buffalo Recycles
02/09/2021

Buffalo Recycles

Before throwing glass items away, can you think of a creative way to reuse them?

From storage and organization to arts and crafts, bottles and jars have almost infinite uses around the home or office.

Is there somewhere you can donate unwanted household glass items such as cookware and glassware? One person’s trash can be another’s treasure.

#RecycleRightNY

Buffalo Recycles
02/05/2021

Buffalo Recycles

Did you know?!

In 2019, NYS passed the "Food Donation and Food Scraps Recycling" law and will be effective January 1, 2022!

Businesses that generate an annual average of two tons of wasted food per week or more must:

(1) donate excess edible food; and
(2) recycle all remaining food scraps if they are within 25 miles of an organics recycler (composting facility, anaerobic digester, etc.).

#StopFoodWaste #CareMoreWasteLess

https://www2.erie.gov/environment/index.php?q=feature/2022-erie-county-cultural-funding-application-release-applicant-br...
02/04/2021
2022 ERIE COUNTY CULTURAL FUNDING APPLICATION RELEASE, APPLICANT BRIEFINGS SCHEDULED | Environment & Planning

https://www2.erie.gov/environment/index.php?q=feature/2022-erie-county-cultural-funding-application-release-applicant-briefings-scheduled

County Executive Mark Poloncarz and 43North have released the Back to Business Grant Program Report.  This report outlines the unprecedented $20 million County grant program conducted in partnership with 43North to provide financial aid to our small businesses in their greatest time of need.

02/02/2021

This shifts end-of-life responsibility for packaging and paper products from local cities, towns and villages to corporate producers!

Thanks Buffalo Recycles! Good info for all-
02/02/2021

Thanks Buffalo Recycles! Good info for all-

The best way to keep glass bottles and jars in circulation is to put them in your recycling bin or if an item has a deposit, return it to get your deposit back.

NY’s beverage container deposit law (aka Bottle Bill) is designed to provide an incentive to recycle. 🍾♻

When you are done with your glass beverage container that has a deposit, be sure to return it to a redemption center or store to cash-in on your money; that 5 cents belongs to you!

Glass bottles with deposits include carbonated soft drinks, beer and other malt beverages, mineral water, soda water, water and wine coolers.

#RecycleRightNY

Address

95 Franklin St
Buffalo, NY
14202

General information

The Erie County Department of Environment and Planning provides direct services and staff assistance for physical, community and economic development planning and implementation to other County government departments, local governments, the general public and private sector for-profit and non-profit organizations. Within the Department, the Divisions of Planning, Environmental Compliance and Sewerage Management and the Office of Economic Development provide planning, community development, economic development, tourism, arts, culture and heritage promotion, geographic information services, environmental and wastewater treatment services. The Department fulfills responsibilities and statutory mandates found in New York State laws, rules and regulations and the Erie County Charter and Code.

Opening Hours

Monday 08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 17:00
Thursday 08:00 - 17:00
Friday 08:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(716) 858-8390

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