February 2013 Newsletter

Even if you don’t believe in Hallmark holidays, there’s a lot of love for reusing, recycling and composting this month. From grants to green schools, help for compost heaps, Stop ‘N’ Swap® and a shred fest, read on for some great ways to help make your community a greater, greener place to live.

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NYC schools must recycle the same materials as residents are required to separate at home. Bins must be set up for milk and juice cartons, bottles, and cans wherever these materials are generated. Every classroom and other common areas must have bins for paper recycling. Recent legislation also mandates that every NYC school appoint a Sustainability Coordinator to help get students and staff educated and on board with recycling. GrowNYC’s School Recycling Champions Program works with select schools throughout the 5 boroughs to provide hands-on technical assistance and educational resources. Check out our School Recycling Toolkit, featuring tools to improve cafeteria recycling, scripts for student leaders and even a certificate to recognize great recyclers in your school!


2013 DSNY Golden Apple Awards

Win between $1,000 and $6,000 for your school with projects demonstrating commitment to recycling, waste prevention, composting, beautification and gardening. Projects must be completed with descriptions and documentation submitted by May 1, 2013. Learn more about contest rules and see past Golden Apple Awards winners at nyc.gov/wasteless/goldenapple.


Spring 2013 Green School Grants Now Available

The NYS Association for Reduction, Reuse & Recycling (NYSAR3) is offering up to $500 of seed or start-up money to rejuvenate existing school recycling and waste prevention programs or to develop new programs centered around the 3 R's (reduce, reuse, recycle) in public K-12 NY State schools. Applications are due Friday, March 15, 2013. Download the application.


Win Recycling Bins for Your School, Park, Agency or Event

Several models of beverage container recycling bins will be donated to non-profit organizations, government agencies, schools, colleges and religious organizations through Coca-Cola's bin grant program. Applications are due March 4, 2013. To get more information and apply, visit www.bingrant.org.


Grants Available for Community Composting

Citizens Committee for New York City, the Manhattan Solid Waste Advisory Board (SWAB), and Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer invite you to apply for grants to start, expand and grow composting programs in all five boroughs of New York City. Grants of up to $750 will be awarded to community groups working on neighborhood composting programs. Groups eligible for funding include community associations, community gardens, friends of park groups, housing development groups, nonprofits, schools, colleges and universities, hospitals, and private businesses. Grants can be used to purchase materials to start or expand upon a composting program. Applications are due by March 22, 2013. Download the application.


Become a NYC Master Composter

Be the greenest neighbor on your block! There is still time to apply for the 2013 NYC Master Composter Certificate Course in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Staten Island and the Bronx. You’ll learn about setting up your own compost system, using finished compost and techniques for teaching others about composting. Get more info from the NYC Compost Project.

Upcoming Events


Stop 'N' Swap® – Harlem
Saturday, February 23, 12pm-3pm
Salvation Army Harlem Temple
540 Lenox Ave (enter on 138th St)

Bring clean, reusable, portable items such as clothing, house wares, games, books, & toys that you no longer need, and take home something new-to-you, free! You don’t have to bring something to take something. No furniture or large items, please. Learn more.


Shred Fest 2013: Go Green and Prevent Identity Theft
Saturday, March 2, 11am-3pm
Queens Library at Broadway
40-20 Broadway, Astoria

Stop by to have your personal papers shredded and recycled free of charge by trained and licensed professionals. Bring as little or as much as you would like to recycle. Sponsored by Queens Library.


Stormwater Management Workshop
Wednesday, February 27, 6pm-8pm
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Registration required: Enroll Here

Join one of our sister programs at GrowNYC and learn how to “recycle” rain! This two-hour workshop will cover stormwater management best practices for community gardeners and homeowners. Learn how to conserve water and help prevent pollution from stormwater by discussing topics such as rainwater harvesting, swales, rain gardens, enhanced tree pits and permeable paving. Learn more.

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GrowNYC's OFFICE OF RECYCLING OUTREACH & EDUCATION (OROE) works to improve the City's recycling rate by educating residents about recycling and waste prevention, and working with landlords to make sure building recycling programs are adequate. Our free services include apartment building recycling audits, trainings for tenants and supers, community events centered on education and special collection programs for textiles, electronics, and compost. OROE's current intensive efforts target one-quarter of New York City's residents. Our five borough-wide coordinators work on a community-by-community basis to identify and address the specific challenges to recycling within a Community District. For more information visit www.grownyc.org or call 212-788-7964.

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