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Resources for Recycling at School

Looking for eco activities to engage your students on Earth Day and beyond? Check out our new School Resources page for sustainability lesson plans, ideas for field trips and classroom speakers, school recycling rules and more at www.GrowNYC.org/schoolrecycling.

Greenup! Shop in Times Square
An empty retail space at the Port Authority Bus Terminal is being recycled into a pop-up shop for products made from common waste materials such as chip bags and glue sticks. Customers will receive discounts for contributing certain items to be upcycled into new products from Terracycle. The shop will also showcase green products and services and host weekly events. Visit the Greenup! Shop Monday through Saturday, 11a-7p at 641 8th Ave at 41st Street through early May.

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New Compost Drop-Off Site in Inwood/Washington Heights
The Sherman Creek Center, operated by the New York Restoration Project, is now accepting veggie scraps for composting at 3725 10th Ave (btw Dyckman and 201st St) Monday-Friday 8am-4pm and May-November on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month from 12pm-4pm. Stay tuned and learn how to get involved with local composting efforts at http://uptowncompost.blogspot.com/.

New York Recycles! Poster Contest

New York Recycles! Poster Contest from the Department of Environmental Conservation
K-12 students are invited to submit recycling-related artwork for the chance to be featured in a 2011 calendar! Click here for more info from the DEC.

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Earth Month Celebrations
GrowNYC and Earth Day are turning 40 this year! Join us at one of these great community events to celebrate 40 years of greening NYC.

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Electronics Recycling Days from the Lower East Side Ecology Center
The Ecology Center is holding electronic waste ("e-waste") collections to responsibly recycle unwanted or broken electronics from New York City residents (no business waste). All you have to do is bring your e-waste to the collection event. No home appliances such as microwaves or refrigerators. A list of acceptable materials can be found here. All events rain or shine.

Midtown Manhattan
Saturday, April 10, 10am-4pm
Tekserve, 119 W 23rd St b/t 6th and 7th Aves

Jackson Heights, Queens
Sunday, April 11, 10am-4pm
Travers Park, 78th St b/t Northern Blvd & 34th Ave

Fort Greene, Brooklyn
Saturday, April 17, 10am-4pm
Habana Outpost, South Portland Ave and Fulton St

West Harlem
Sunday, April 18, 10am-4pm
Morningside Park, Morningside Ave b/t 113th St and 114th St

Cobble Hill, Brooklyn
Sunday, April 25, 10am-4pm
PS 29 School Yard, Baltic St B/t Henry St and Clinton St

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One-Day Textiles Collection on the Upper West Side
Sunday, April 11, 9am-2pm
77th Street Greenmarket (at Columbus Ave)

Bring clean clothing, shoes, coats, bedding, linens, scarves, belts, hats & handbags for reuse or recycling. Non-wearable items (torn, stained, etc) will be sorted for recycling into new materials. For more information visit www.grownyc.org/clothing


We Can Green Brooklyn Eco-Fair
Saturday, April 17, 11am-5pm
Holy Cross Auditorium and Yard, 2530 Church Ave (b/t Rogers and Bedford)

Learn how to green your life and your neighborhood with innovative green products, recycling, green jobs and more. Recycle clothing and textiles too! See BrooklynEcoFair.org for more info. Sponsored by Neighborhood Housing Services of East Flatbush.

Green Schools NYC 2010 Resource Fair

Green Schools NYC 2010 Resource Fair
Saturday, April 17, 9:30am-5:00pm
Martin Luther King Educational Complex, 122 Amsterdam Ave at 65th St

Join actor Matthew Modine and GrowNYCs own Robert Lock at this conference, resource fair and largest ever city-wide green schools event. Workshops will include media and technology strategies, parent involvement, green cleaning and reducing your carbon footprint. To register for this free event or for more information go to http://greenschoolsnyc.eventbrite.com/

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Earth Week Extravaganza
Sunday, April 18, 10am-2pm
YM & YWHA of Washington Heights and Inwood, 54 Nagle Ave b/t Broadway and Ellwood St

This free community event will feature exhibitions on gardening, recycling, climate change, cooking and more! Free giveaways, prizes and fun for all ages. Bring unwanted clothing and textiles for reuse and recycling.

Green Your Home from the Inside Out!

Green Your Home from the Inside Out!
Monday, April 19, 6pm-8:30pm
Trinity Church on Wall Street, 74 Trinity Place, 2nd Floor in the Parlor Room

Green from the Inside Out provides property owners, managers and residents the knowledge and resources they need to make their homes more environmentally friendly by saving energy (and money!), reducing waste, and recycling correctly. Learn about financial incentives, find out if solar power and green roofs are right for you and talk to vendors of green products and services. Featuring presentations by Solar One, GrowNYCs Office of Recycling and Outreach Education, and New York State Energy Research and Development Authority Energy $mart Communities. Please RSVP to Celia Salgado at 212-505-6050 or celia@solar1.org.

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East Harlem Earth Day Celebration
Thursday, April 22, 4pm-6pm
NYRP Target East Harlem garden (415 E 117th St. b/t Pleasant and 1st Ave)

This event will include workshops on planting apartment herb gardens, demonstrations on cooking locally, recycling, composting and other tips on living green and healthy on a budget. Residents will also be awarded green giveaways including reusable bags from Whole Foods Market and energy efficient light bulbs to help them on the path to low impact living. Hosted by the Nourishing Kitchen of NYC.

UFT Green Schools Committee Monthly Meeting

UFT Green Schools Committee Monthly Meeting
Thursday, April 22, 4:30pm-6:30pm
UFT, 52 Broadway at Exchange Place in Lower Manhattan

This committee is working to make NYC schools more sustainable. Monthly meetings discuss issues ranging from compost to green roofs and feature a presentation on school recycling by the NYC Department of Sanitation. RSVP to uftgreenschools@uft.org.

GetGreen: South Bronx Earth Fest

GetGreen: South Bronx Earth Fest
Saturday, April 24, 12pm-4pm
St. Marys Park, St. Anns Ave and 147th St

This third-annual intergenerational event celebrates our environment and the South Bronx community. The Earth Fest will help raise awareness on many sustainability issues and will include information and activities on recycling, reuse and other green initiatives. There will be numerous youth performances and an eco-centered music contest. Bring unwanted textiles and electronics to recycle too!

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Ecology Day at the Staten Island Mall
Saturday, April 24, 11am-3pm
Staten Island Mall, 2655 Richmond Avenue b/w Platinum Ave & Ring Rd

The Staten Island Rotary will sponsor the 19th Staten Island Ecology Day at the Staten Island Mall. School groups from all over Staten Island will present information on environmental issues that are of concern to them.

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St. George Day and International Day of the Book in Staten Island
Saturday, April 24, 12pm-9pm
Tompkinsville Park at Bay St and Victory Boulevard (walking distance from the SI Ferry)

Celebrate Earth Day in Staten Island at the 4th Annual St George Day Festival: An Art and Literary Happening to Celebrate Community, featuring St George and the Dragon. Participate in the dragon parade and puppet show, kids crafts, book faire and more. Visit eco-awareness exhibits, including Tattfoo Tan's mobile gardens and seed bomb demonstrations. Sponsored by Everything Goes Book/Cafe and Partnership for Parks.

Green Washington Heights

Go Green Washington Heights & Inwood Earth Week Celebration
Sunday, April 25, 12pm-4pm
Highbridge Park, Amsterdam Ave at 192nd St

Learn simple ways to green your lifestyle, enjoy live entertainment and fun activities for pets, families and kids. Bring your own bag to tote away free giveaways! You can also drop off unwanted clothing and textiles for reuse and recycling.

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Riverdale Y Environmental Fair
Sunday, April 25, 10am-2pm
5625 Arlington Ave off 256th St

Recycle, Rejoice and Replant at this annual event. Celebrate the rainforest with activities from the Central Park Zoo, buy local blooms from Greenmarket growers and recycle just about everything, including: unwanted textiles such as clothing, towels and shoes; electronics (everything but TVs and small household appliances such as toasters, microwaves, vacuums, etc); CFL bulbs (unbroken); rechargeable batteries; used athletic shoes and Crocs. And bring usable, portable items to GrowNYC's Stop 'N' Swap, where you can pick up something free to take home and reuse. For more information visit www.RiverdaleY.org.

EcoFestival Kingsborough College

Eco-Festival 2010
Tuesday-Friday, April 27-30
Kingsborough Community College, 2001 Oriental Boulevard b/t Quentin St & Decatur Ave

Eco-Festival is designed to provide a unique opportunity for students, faculty, and members of the New York community to gather together and engage in dialogue centered on our environmental problems and the challenges we face globally in the twenty-first century. Kingsborough Eco-Festival was the winner of the 2008 CUNY Sustainability Award for outstanding environmental education and advocacy.

Tickets now available for our Recycling Awareness Benefit!
Tuesday, May 11, 6pm-9pm
Water Taxi Beach South Street Seaport
Please join GrowNYC to help support the activities of its Office of Recycling Outreach & Education (OROE). Enjoy the most spectacular views of the Brooklyn Bridge and the East River in the city at the Water Taxi Beach South Street Seaport. Look forward to 18,000 square feet of fun, food, sun, recreation and relaxation. Benefiting OROE to encourage, support and increase recycling throughout New York City.

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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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