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What better time than Earth Month to try a new recycling resource or put a green spin on your spring cleaning? Our list of upcoming events has you covered with shredding events, electronics recycling collections, Stop ‘N’ Swaps, household hazardous waste drop-offs, bottle cap collections and prescription drug takebacks. We’re also excited to help you make every day Earth Day with new food scrap and clothing collections at Greenmarkets.



New Yorkers dispose of about 8500 tons of so-called Household Hazardous Waste each year, not to mention what we store in basements and under our kitchen sinks. Now in their second year, the NYC Department of Sanitation's NYC SAFE Disposal Events allow residents to safely dispose of a host of hazardous materials including household cleaners, mothballs, hobby supplies, glues, nail polish, batteries, electronics, paint, pesticides, medicine and more. Can't make it to an event? Find everyday safe disposal options on our Recycling Resources page. Of course, prevention is the best defense--learn more about reducing toxins in your home.


Plastic Lid and Cap Mural Art Project

Help us reduce waste and create a fun activity for kids and adults alike! Bring plastic caps and lids of all shapes, sizes and colors to the Habana Outpost Earth Day Expo 2013 (details below). GrowNYC will be on site with recycling education and a cap collection to support a local street art project to take place in May, in collaboration with the Fulton Ave Business Alliance’s FAB Fridays. Plastic caps and lids are not currently accepted for recycling in NYC, but will be put to good use this spring. Please bring us plastic caps and lids only (no metal caps, plastic bottles, plastic tubs, deli containers or any other plastic items), and remember to recycle your plastic bottles and metal bottle caps.


Compost & Textile Collections Growing at Greenmarket

As seasonal Greenmarkets return this spring, more textile recycling and food scrap composting opportunities are popping up around the city! We are excited to announce new food scrap collections at the Bay Ridge and Forest Hills markets and the addition of clothing & textile recycling to the 79th St market. Food scrap collections will return to Sunset Park, Windsor Terrace, 57th St, 92nd St, Socrates Sculpture Park, Sunnyside, St. George and Staten Island Mall as those markets open. Learn more about these programs at and

Upcoming Events


Earth Day Expo at Habana Outpost
Saturday, April 13, 12pm-4pm
757 Fulton St, Brooklyn

The Earth Day Expo is an opportunity to share resources and ideas about sustainable living as well as mark the opening of Habana Outpost for 2013. The day will be filled with fun, learning, and food! Stop by the GrowNYC table to learn about recycling in NYC and drop off plastic caps and lids for our upcoming street art project (see above)!


NYC SAFE Disposal Events

Safely dispose of electronics and other potentially harmful household products like batteries, paint, pesticides and medicine at the NYC Department of Sanitation's NYC SAFE events this Spring. Only NYC residential waste will be accepted (no business or institutional waste permitted). Learn more at All events will also feature an info table and the blue and green recycling mascots, plus a mobile Recyclarium exhibit at the event in Manhattan.

April 2013 NYC SAFE Schedule:

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 (no rugs, 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.


Electronics Recycling with the Lower East Side Ecology Center

Responsibly recycle unwanted or broken electronics (no appliances such as microwaves or refrigerators) at spring events sponsored by the Lower East Side Ecology Center. Click here for a list of what's accepted. All events are 10am-4pm.

April E-Waste Collections with LES Ecology Center:
Saturday, April 6 – Chelsea
Sunday, April 7 – Staten Island and Lower East Side
Saturday, April 13 – Bushwick and Ft. Greene
Sunday, April 14 – Melrose and Van Cortlandt Park
Saturday, April 20 – Park Slope, Dyker Heights, Staten Island
Sunday, April 21 – Upper West Side
Saturday, April 27 – Forest Hills


Spring Stop 'N' Swap® Events in Queens

Bring clean, reusable, portable items such as clothing, housewares, 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. For more information visit

Sunday, April 14 - Forest Hills
10:30am-1:30pm, Central Queens Y, 67-09 108th St

Thursday, April 18 – Far Rockaway

4pm-7pm, P.S.215 LUCRETIA MOTT / W.A.V.E. PREP, 535 Briar Pl

Saturday, April 27 – Jackson Heights
12pm-3pm, P.S. 69, 77-02 37th Ave


Electronics & Textile Recycling and Tree Giveaway – Staten Island
Sunday, April 7 10am-4pm: E-waste Collection
12pm-2pm: Tree Giveaway & Textile Collection
Jewish Community Center
1466 Manor Rd. Staten Island

From 10am-4pm, responsibly recycle old computers and other electronics with the Lower East Side Ecology Center (no appliances, microwaves, refrigerators, air conditioners or smoke detectors. Click here for a list of accepted items). Between 12pm-2pm, 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 with Wearable Collections (no rugs, carpeting or commercial waste). MillionTreesNYC will be on hand from 12pm-2pm with 200 trees to give away to NYC residents. Click here to reserve your tree. For more information, Contact JCC at 718.475.5251.


St. George Day Earth Day & Arts Festival - Staten Island
Saturday, April 20, 12pm-8pm
10am-4pm: Electronics Recycling
12pm-3pm: Free Store Table, Recycling Relay Race
Tompkinsville Park, Little Bay Street and Victory Blvd (4 blocks from the ferry)

Celebrate community and dragons with family-oriented arts and entertainment including a Recycling Relay Race and a Free Store table, where you can bring a few small, clean, reusable items to share, or just bring a tote bag and help yourself to something you can use (no furniture or large items, please). Electronics recycling courtesy of the LES Ecology Center. Visit for more information on these and other festivities.


Document Shredding and Textile Recycling Day – Maspeth
Saturday, April 20, 1pm-5pm
Maspeth Federal Savings Parking Lot
56-18 69th St, Queens

Bring old bank statements and other confidential documents to be shred on site and recycled. Clean and dry clothing and textiles such as shirts, pants, coats, paired shoes, linens, scarves, hats, bags and belts will be collected for reuse or recycling. Sponsored by Council Member Elizabeth S. Crowley in conjunction with Maspeth Federal Savings. For more information contact Katherine Mooney, or 718-366-3900.


Mini Green Expo and Screening of “Trashed”
Sunday, April 21, 5pm-7pm
BAM Rose Cinemas, 30 Lafayette Ave, Ft. Greene, Brooklyn
Note: ticket required to attend movie

Planning to attend the screening of “Trashed” at BAM? Come by early to learn about the different environmentally conscious projects you can do in your community and at home with GrowNYC’s Office of Recycling Outreach and Education, Material for The Arts, Brooklyn Bears Gardens and National Grid. Traveling from overflowing landfills, polluted beaches, and toxic rivers in the Middle East, Scandinavia, and everywhere in between, this vital documentary – hosted by Jeremy Irons, with a score by Vangelis – sheds light on our planet’s ever-growing garbage problem, while making an urgent plea for environmentally sustainable solutions. The film is at 7pm and includes a special appearance of Jeremy Irons, who will introduce and facilitate a Q/A session after the screening.


6th Annual National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day
Saturday, April 27, 10am-2pm, various sites

Safely dispose of expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. Click here for details and drop-off sites. To find a year-round take back location sponsored by a member of the National Community Pharmacists Association visit Also check out for an upcoming Household Hazardous Waste collection day in your borough.

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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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