BUFFALO, N.Y. - Mayor Byron Brown's administration has yet to meet its goal of doubling Buffalo's curbside recycling rate in the year since green totes were distributed to residents.

The city's curbside recycling rate - based on what residents place in green totes - rose from 8 percent to 12.2 percent in the course of a year, falling short of Brown's goal of 16 percent.

"It's not good enough," Brown said. "We want to see curbside recycling increase significantly."

The city's overall recycling rate - which also includes yard waste, tires and electronics - rose from 8.5 percent to 13.6 percent. Despite the improvement, Buffalo lags far behind the national average of 34 percent.

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