Whats in Your Waste?

Our new online resource gives you a glimpse of what materials New Yorkers discard and provides waste prevention and recycling tips to help you divert more of your household waste from the landfill.


New Poster Series

Due to popular demand, OROE will be issuing a new recycling poster in each months newsletter. Simply download, print and rotate on your bulletin board, elevator, recycling room or other common spaces to feed tenants and shareholders small bits of information that will help improve your recycling program.


Green from the Inside Out
Saturday, July 31, 11am-2pm
Clay Pit Ponds State Park, Staten Island

Take a green vacation at Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve. Learn how to make your home more comfortable, lower utility bills and reduce waste with presentations by Solar One, GrowNYC's Office of Recycling Outreach and Education & NYSERDA Energy $mart Communities. Meet vendors of green products and services, enjoy free refreshments then hike around the park. Green Art and Earth Games will keep the kids entertained throughout the day.

Recycling Inspired Improv Comedy Show

Recycling Inspired Improv Comedy Show
Monday, August 9, 9:30pm
Peoples Improv Theatre, 154 W 29th St

Join GrowNYC at Amphibian Stunt Tank, a fully improvised performance featuring one actor, Matt Higgins (Centralia, Burn Manhattan, Shock of the Funny) coached by Matt Mitler (Dzieci), and one musician, Stuart Bogie (FELA! Antibalas, Superhuman Happiness, TV On The Radio, and many more). Participate in our interactive recycling demo before the show, and then watch as everyday NYC discards and audience suggestions inspire a spontaneous comic trip. Amphibian Stunt Tank will benefit Haiti Clinic.

e-waste recycling

Electronics Recycling Collections
All events sponsored by the Lower East Side Ecology Center. NYC residents only (no business waste). No appliances such as microwaves or refrigerators. Find a list of acceptable materials here.

Saturday, July 17, 10am-4pm
Inwood - RING Garden (Riverside Drive near Dyckman/Broadway)

Sunday, July 18, 10am-4pm
Stuyvesant Town - 14th St Loop (enter from 14th St and Avenue A; event is on the right hand side)

Saturday, July 24, 10am-4pm
LES - East side of Essex St. b/t Hester and Grand

Sunday, July 25, 10am-4pm
LES - East side of Essex St. b/t Hester and Grand

Saturday July 31, 10am-4pm
Carroll Gardens - Smith Street, b/t President and Union, Brooklyn

compost bin build

Learn to Build an Outdoor Compost Bin
Wednesdays, July 14 and 21, 9am-12pm
Van Cortlandt Park, Broadway near Mosholu Avenue

Help the Bronx Compost Project build a customized, three-bin, wood-and-wire compost system for the Friends of Van Cortlandt Park. Learn basic techniques for using hand and power tools and for working with lumber and hardware. Join for all or part of the day. Pre-registration recommended. To reserve your place or for more information, contact the NYC Compost Project in the Bronx at 718.817.8543 or bronxgreenup@nybg.org.

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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