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March 2013 Newsletter

Depending on the day, you can feel that spring is in the air! Take some time on those rainy afternoons to organize and prepare for upcoming collections for electronics, textiles, confidential documents for shredding, and household hazardous waste.
Don’t forget to mark your calendar for GrowNYC’s ever-popular Stop ‘N’ Swap®!


What about…BOTTLE CAPS?

Confused about caps? While plastic bottle caps are not accepted for curbside recycling, metal caps and lids from bottles, jars and cans are most welcome. If New Yorkers recycled all of their steel we could build 9 new Statues of Liberty each week! Learn more about recycling metal in NYC.


Compost & Textile Recycling at Greenmarket
Holiday Schedule Changes

Some food scrap composting and textile recycling collections at Greenmarket will be affected by the upcoming Easter holiday:
Carroll Gardens: No food scrap or textile collections Sunday, 3/31
Tompkins Square: No textile collection on 3/31, food scrap collection moved to Saturday, 3/30

Upcoming Events


Shred-A-Thon - Upper East Side
Saturday, March 9, 10am-2pm
82nd Street Greenmarket, E 82nd St b/t 1st & York

Bring out-of-date documents, letters you’d rather forget and other paper to be shred and recycled, free! Documents will be destroyed while you watch. Hosted by Upper Green Side.


Electronics Recycling Collection – Park Slope
Saturday, March 16, 10am-4pm
5th Ave at Sterling Pl (in the Key Food Parking Lot)

Responsibly recycle unwanted or broken electronics (no appliances such as microwaves or refrigerators). Click here for a list of what's accepted. Sponsored by City Council Member Stephen Levin and managed by the Lower East Side Ecology Center.


NYC SAFE Disposal Events
All five boroughs this Spring

Wondering what to do with potentially harmful household products like paint and pesticides? The NYC Department of Sanitation has the answer with their SAFE disposal events coming to each borough this spring, accepting electronics, batteries, paint, pesticides, medicine and more for safe disposal. Only NYC residential waste will be accepted (no business or institutional waste permitted).
Learn more at

NYC SAFE Schedule:
Saturday, March 30, Citi Field, Parking Lots E & F
Sunday, April 7, Prospect Park, Park Circle
Sunday, April 14, Staten Island Mall
Saturday, April 20, Yankee Stadium
Sunday, April 28, Columbia University/Teachers College


Electronics & Textile Recycling - East Village
Saturday, April 6, 12pm-3pm
19 E 3rd St b/t Bowery & 2nd Ave
Special Collection at FABnyc's Load OUT!

Bring clean and dry clothing, paired shoes, bedding, linens, hats, handbags, belts, fabric scraps 36"x36" or larger and other textiles for reuse or recycling. We do not accept rugs or carpeting or commercial waste. A list of electronics accepted for responsible recycling can be viewed here.

Textile recycling provided by Wearable Collections and electronics waste recycling provided by the Lower East Side Ecology Center.


Stop ‘N’ Swap® - Forest Hills
Sunday, April 14, 10:30am-1:30pm
Central Queens Y, 67-09 108th St, Queens

Clear out clutter and help reduce NYC's waste by bringing clean, portable, reusable items to donate to a new home, or simply take home items that are useful to you. It's all free! No furniture/large items. Please arrive by 12:30pm if you have things to give away.
Visit for more info.

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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 or call 212-788-7964.

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