Beach-bound New Yorkers may have missed the Mayor's announcement: now you can Recycle Everything! Check out some easy and enjoyable ways to do just that as you soak up the last days of summer, with canning, mending, thrift-shopping, swapping and more.

GrowNYC Supports City Efforts to "Recycle Everything"
 
GrowNYC was proud to stand with Mayor Bloomberg recently as he launched the City's new Recycle Everything campaign with an announcement at the Morningside Gardens cooperative in West Harlem. Efforts to double the city's recycling rate by 2017 include the expansion of plastics accepted for recycling and collections for residential organics in select neighborhoods. Since the creation of GrowNYC's Office of Recycling Outreach and Education in 2006, we have worked alongside the city to achieve this ambitious goal, through education, collection events and even working with the Department of Sanitation to establish the organics collection at Morningside Gardens. Learn more.
Brooklyn Food Scrap and Textile Collections Schedule Change
 
For the month of September, Thursday collections for food scraps and textiles at Boro Park, Brooklyn Borough Hall and Williamsburg Greenmarkets will take place on Tuesdays instead, due to the holidays.
Upcoming Events
Can-It-Forward at Union Square Greenmarket
Saturday, August 17, 10am-2pm
Pavilion in the North Plaza of the Park
 
Don't let summer veggies go to waste! Novice canners, picklers, and crafters are invited to celebrate National Can-It-Forward Day at Union Square Greenmarket with GrowNYC and Ball (mason jar makers). The event will features James Beard award-winning chef and cookbook author, Ted Allen, and will include free demonstrations to help preserve summer's bounty for dull winter days.
Textile Lab Presents: The Mending Project
Saturday, August 17, 10am-3pm (rain date: 8/24)
Tribeca Greenmarket, Greenwich & Duane St
 
Bring your old sweaters, socks, shirts, pants, and more to mend and re-purpose using needle-felting and sewing methods with regionally sourced, naturally dyed materials.
ReuseNYC Thrift Store Day
Saturday, August 17
Locations throughout the city
 
In observance of National Thrift Store Day, thrift stores and other members of ReuseNYC will host sales of up to 25% off across the five boroughs. Check out reusenyc.info/saleday to find great deals on some new-to-you threads.
Electronics & Textile Recycling - Morningside Heights
Saturday, August 17, 10am-4pm
La Salle St b/t Broadway & Amsterdam
 
Responsibly recycle unwanted or broken electronics (no appliances such as microwaves or refrigerators), courtesy of the Lower East Side Ecology Center. Click here for a list of what's accepted. Drop off clean & dry clothing, paired shoes, bedding, linens, hats, handbags, belts, fabric scraps 36" x 36" or larger and other textiles with Wearable Collections, who will sort materials for reuse or recycling. No rugs, carpeting or commercial waste. Event sponsored by Morningside Heights/West Harlem Sanitation Coalition.
Stop 'N' Swap® - Bay Ridge
Sunday, August 18, 12pm-3pm
Bay Ridge Jewish Center 8025 4th Ave, Brooklyn
 
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. Learn more.
Rats! A Workshop for Urban Gardeners and Community Composters
Saturday, August 24, 11am-1pm
New York Botanical Garden, Watson Education Building, Room 302
 
Featuring pest-control expert Caroline Bragdon from the NYC Department of Health, this rat-abatement training focuses on the biology, behavior, and habitat of rodents and how urban gardeners and composters can prevent, detect, and respond to infestations. Members of NYC Compost Project Community Compost Sites and registered community gardens will have the opportunity to receive a free rodent-resistant garbage bin for use at their sites. Registration required; e-mail compost@nybg.org or call the NYC Compost Project in the Bronx at 718-817-8543.
Textile Recycling & Book Swap at Staten Island Greenmarkets
Saturday, September 7
 
Visit one of our Staten Island Greenmarkets for this special one-day recycling event! Recycle clean & dry clothing, paired shoes, bedding, linens, hats, handbags, belts, fabric scraps 36" x 36" or larger and other textiles. No rugs, carpeting or commercial waste. Bring books to give away and find ones that are new-to-you.

St. George Greenmarket
St. Marks & Hyatt Streets
Textile Collection: 8am-2pm
Book Swap: 9am-2pm

Staten Island Mall Greenmarket
Richmond Avenue Entrance, Parking Lot
Textile Collection: 8am-3pm
Book Swap: 9am-2pm
Grab Lunch in Midtown and Support GrowNYC
 
4food restaurant on 40th & Madison, whose mission is to "de-junk fast food", is donating 25˘ to GrowNYC each time you order the "GrowNYC burger" or when build your own (w)holeburger and assign ENVIRONMENT as your purpose. Thanks 4food!
Find us in your neighborhood!
OROE will have tables set up at the following events. Stop by and get answers to your recycling questions!
 
MIDTOWN: Saturday, August 17, 7am-1pm, Park Ave at 25th St - Summer Streets

STATEN ISLAND: Sunday, August 18, 12pm-9pm, Midland Beach Sea Turtle Circle Father Cappodano Blvd at Jefferson Ave - Back to the Beach Celebration
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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