Add reuse to your post-holiday clean-up with Stop ‘N’ Swap®!

January 17, 2012
Posted in Recycling

Sure it’s rewarding to sort eggnog containers and wrapping paper for recycling, chip in at MulchFest, bring obsolete electronics to a recycling collection and drop unwanted textiles and food scraps at a local Greenmarket drop-off site, but nothing beats clearing out post-holiday clutter like a Stop ‘N’ Swap. Since 2007 more than 7,000 New Yorkers have attended GrowNYC’s seasonal gathering to find new homes for unwanted items that are too good to toss. Even those who come to get rid of clutter find it hard to ignore the tables piled with books, music, toys, dishes, handbags, electronics and more. Whether it’s the joy of having more space at home or the fun of finding something great for free, Stop ‘N’ Swap puts a smile on every face and nothing good goes to waste. Learn more at www.GrowNYC.org/swap and check one out this winter! Upcoming Stop ‘N’ Swaps: Manhattan – Chinatown/Two Bridges Saturday, January 28, 2012, 12pm-3pm PS 126 Manhattan Academy of Technology 80 Catherine St at Cherry St Staten Island – West Brighton Sunday, February 5, 2012, 1pm-4pm St. Mary's Episcopal Church 347 Davis Ave (b/t Castleton Ave & S. St Austin's Pl)

Holiday Compost and Textile Recycling Schedule

December 13, 2011
Posted in Greenmarket | Tagged textile recycling

Tina, Joel, and Annie Podkaminer of Trumansburg Tree Farm.

All Sunday Greenmarkets will be closed on Christmas, December 25, and New Year's Day, January 1. All Saturday Greenmarkets will be open on Christmas Eve, December 24, and New Year's Eve, December 31, but textiles and compost will not be collected.

Thanksgiving Produce Bags + Textile Recycling at La Marqueta

November 15, 2011

Wholesale Greenmarket will be selling pre-packed produce bags at La Marqueta's Clothing and Textile Recycling Day on Saturday, November 19th. The bags will be made up of fresh, local produce [potatoes, onions, sweet potatoes, collards, and MORE] and will cost $7. Customers will be able to use EBT towards their purchase. Everyone is welcome to purchase a bag; no pre-orders will be accepted and sales are on a first-come, first-serve basis. GrowNYC will also be assisting with textile recycling at the event. Bring clean and dry clothing, paired shoes, bedding, linens, hats, handbags, belts, fabric scraps 36"x36" or larger and other textiles (no rugs or carpeting). Materials will be sorted for reuse or recycling. Everyone who donates will receive a free energy-efficient CFL light bulb! GrowNYC's Thanksgiving Produce Bags + Textile Recycling Saturday, November 19, 12pm-5pm La Marqueta 1590 Park Avenue (btw E. 112th & E. 115th St) New York, NY 10029

Holiday Greenmarket & Textile Collection Schedule

November 14, 2011
Posted in Greenmarket | Tagged thanksgiving

The week of Thanksgiving, all Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday markets will be open. Thursday, November 24, and Friday, November 25, all markets will be closed. Markets will resume their normal schedules on Saturday, November 26. Some markets have rescheduled their Thursday and Friday dates; details below:

Manhattan

97th Street: Open Wednesday, 11/23 + accepting textiles, Closed Friday 11/25 Bowling Green: Open Wednesday, 11/23, Closed Thursday, 11/24 City Hall: Open Wednesday, 11/23, Closed Friday, 11/25 Columbia: Open Tuesday, 11/22, Closed Thursday, 11/24 Port Authority Bus Terminal: Open Wednesday, 11/23, Closed Thursday, 11/24 Tucker Square: Open Wednesday, 11/23, Closed Thursday, 11/24 World Financial Center: Open Wednesday, 11/23, Closed Thursday, 11/24

Brooklyn

Grand Army Plaza: Open Wednesday, 11/23 (no textile collection)

Support School Recycling Champions on Kickstarter

November 7, 2011

GrowNYC is trying something new. Kickstarter, the largest funding platform for creative projects in the world, invited us to launch a project.

We're trying to raise $10,000 in 60 days to bring our Recycling Champions program to one school in each borough in 2011-12. We'll work alongside students, teachers, administrators and custodial engineers to educate the school community about the importance of recycling, provide professional development resources and presentation tools, facilitate classroom activities and lessons, and create youth recycling "ambassadors" to motivate and educate community. Make your pledge TODAY and get fun rewards!

Vote for GrowNYC's School Recycling Champions on Kickstarter!

How to Compost at Greenmarket in 3 Simple Steps

July 20, 2011
Posted in Greenmarket | Tagged compost

First-time composters wonder about the best way to get their veggie trimmings to the compost collection. Here's our quick guide:

1) Get a storage container. Anything from a 32-ounce yogurt container or plastic bag to a covered pail will do the job. Check out our slideshow for more ideas.

2) Keep it cool. Store scraps in the freezer or fridge to reduce odors at home and at the Greenmarket.

3) Bring it to the market. Stop by the compost tent and empty your container into our receptacle. You can reduce waste by reusing the same container. After you shop you can drop in unwanted carrot tops, corn husks, radish greens, etc before leaving the market. That's it!

Learn more about what you can and can't compost.

Compost in all shapes and sizes

July 8, 2011
Posted in Greenmarket | Tagged compost

GrowNYC just announced that our 4-month compost collection pilot at select Greenmarkets has been extended through December 31, 2011, so to celebrate the program and the 116,265 pounds of kitchen scraps New Yorkers have contributed, we thought we'd take a look at some of the most fun ways people have been storing and transporting compost.

Special thanks to volunteer Nicholas Knoll for sharing his photo skills!

Have a cool photo of your compost solution? Post it on our Facebook page!

Learn more about GrowNYC's compost program.

Win a school recycling program!

May 17, 2011
Posted in Recycling | Tagged recycling champions

GrowNYC is teaming up with DNAinfo.com, a local digital news service, to award one lucky Manhattan school with a Recycling Champions Program. GrowNYC will provide the winning school with staff and student recycling workshops, a school-wide environmental event and technical assistance to improve the schools recycling program. The K-12 public school with the most votes wins. The contest ends June 30 and the program will begin in September - vote now!

GrowNYC’s Recycling Champions Program works hands-on with multiple schools across NYC to develop model, lasting school recycling programs. By working directly with faculty, administration, students, and custodians in a school, Recycling Champions aims to create best practice guides, resources, and tools that will be made available to every school in NYC. During its first year, Recycling Champions outreached to 8,013 students and 643 classroom teachers.

Enter a school in the contest!

Compost pilot hits 41,000 lbs

April 28, 2011
Posted in Greenmarket | Tagged compost

Since launching our compost pilot collection at several Greenmarkets on March 5, participation has grown by "greens and browns." Over eight weekends we have collected more than 41,000 pounds of food scraps at select markets in Brooklyn and Manhattan.

The pilot runs through June 25, so come show your support for composting this spring!

Learn more about GrowNYC's compost initiatives.

Speaker Quinn announces compost expansion

March 4, 2011
Posted in Greenmarket | Tagged compost

This morning, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn unveiled a a 4-month pilot program to expand current food scrap collections from NYC households at six additional Greenmarkets.

A pilot program will allow New York City residents to compost food scraps at six new Greenmarket locations. New Yorkers will now be able to drop off fruit and vegetable scraps for composting at 10 Greenmarkets in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens.

Read about our expanded compost program.

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