Nothing like a long winter to make us aware of how quickly our trash piles up, and nothing like spring to help us do something about it! April is full of colorful, creative ways to reuse, recycle, learn and engage for a more sustainable city. Read on to find exhibits, panels, community Earth Day events, Stop 'N' Swap® community reuse events, shred fests, electronics collections and more.


Recycling is required in all private homes and multifamily buildings, but recycling programs don't always work as they should. Buildings looking to improve recycling practices have two great, no-cost options for help. GrowNYC's Office of Recycling Outreach and Education (OROE), and the Apartment Building Recycling Initiative (ABRI), managed by the Department of Sanitation's Bureau of Waste Prevention, Reuse and Recycling.

OROE's Recycling Outreach Coordinators target neighborhoods with lower recycling rates and offer apartment buildings free hands-on assistance such as "chute room makeovers," on-site trainings for maintenance staff and workshops for building residents. The ABRI program works with dedicated volunteer recycling coordinators approved by their building management to liaise directly with the Department. ABRI provides monthly training sessions in lower Manhattan and will visit your building to provide suggestions for improving your recycling program. On-site trainings are also available for groups of 10 or more. To see how some buildings have worked successfully with GrowNYC, read more about instituting organics collection at Morningside Gardens and some of our work at Jamie Towers Cooperative Apartments.
Food Scrap and Textile Collections Sprouting at More Greenmarkets 
Springtime is turning the city green, and that includes ushering in seasonal Greenmarkets offering fresh local produce and more opportunities to drop off food scraps for composting and unwanted clothing for reuse or recycling. This month we welcome the return of the 57th Street Greenmarket, featuring both collections. Find the latest schedules for all new and returning food scrap and textile drop-offs, including Easter schedule changes affecting Tompkins Square and Carroll Gardens.
WQXR Instrument Drive
Music has the power to change lives. Students who study music in school have higher grades, self-esteem and are more likely to graduate. Between March 28 and April 7, donate your gently used musical instruments at drop off locations in all five boroughs. Instruments will be repaired and distributed to deserving music programs in New York City Public Schools. Learn more at
The Model Block: An Exhibit
The Model Block represents the culmination of a multi-year project which focused on the East 4th Street Cultural District (between 2nd Ave & Bowery) as a testing ground for new and innovative solutions to the complexities of urban sustainability at the block scale. The exhibit highlights environmental actions taken on a typical block, organized around the themes of community, energy, waste, and water. It will also feature the products of collaborative art projects by Amanda Browder, Miggy Buck, Karina Mangu-Ward, and Shawn Shafner. April 7 - 12 at the Cooper Union Foundation Building, Great Hall Gallery, 7 East 7th St b/t 3rd & 4th Aves (visit website for hours and special events). Learn more.

Upcoming Events
Can Consumption Save the World?
Wednesday, April 2, 6:30pm
Barnard College, Event Oval, The Diana Center
Join a panel of environmentalists, economists, anthropologists, and entrepreneurs as they examine the life cycle of the goods we buy-from conception and design to labor and manufacturing, through repair and disposal. Learn more.
Textile Recycling Collections at Queens Libraries - Astoria & Woodside
Thursday, April 3, 3:30pm-6:30pm
Queens Library at Broadway - 4020 Broadway, Astoria
Queens Library at Steinway - 21-45 31st St, Astoria
Queens Library at Woodside - 54-22 Skillman Ave, Woodside
Give more than a scrap, give a shirt! Bring clean and dry clothing, paired shoes, coats, hats, bedding, linens, scarves, handbags, belts, fabric scraps 36"x36" or larger and other textiles. We do not accept rugs, carpeting, household items or commercial waste. Usable items will be sorted for reuse. Worn, torn, or stained items will be recycled. Your contribution to the program is tax deductible. A pop-up clothing & textile recycling event in partnership with Queens Library & GrowNYC's Office of Recycling Outreach and Education. Learn more.
April Stop 'N' Swap® Schedule
Bring clean, reusable, portable items such as clothing, house wares, 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.

Saturday, April 5, 12pm-3pm: Queens
PS 50, 143-26 101st Ave, Jamaica

Saturday, April 19, 12pm-3pm: Queens
Sunnyside Community Services, 43-31 39th St
(b/t 43rd Ave & Queens Blvd)

Sunday, April 27, 1pm-4pm: Manhattan
Two Bridges Tower, 82 Rutgers Slip
Electronics Recycling Citywide with 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. All events 10am-4pm. Upcoming collection dates below. Check for the full schedule. Click here for a list of what's accepted.

Saturday, April 5: Williamsburg + West Village
Sunday, April 6: Van Cortlandt Park + Jackson Heights
Saturday, April 12: Fort Greene
Sunday, April 13: Upper West Side
Saturday, April 26: Chelsea
Sunday, April 27: Ditmas Park + West Harlem
Saturday, May 3: Astoria + Hell's Kitchen
Sunday, May 4: Cobble Hill + Bay Ridge
Pop Up Repair Van Comes to Greenmarket
April 5 - 27, 9am-3pm
Inwood Greenmarket, Saturdays, Isham b/t Seaman & Cooper Columbia Greenmarket, Thursdays and Sundays, Broadway b/t 114th & 116th
Bring your broken stuff to the Columbia and Inwood Greenmarkets this month for some TLC from Pop Up Repair. On April 5th and 6th, the first 10 visitors will get a second repair half off! Drop offs will be accepted starting at 9am. Learn more.
Riverdale Y Environmental Fair
Sunday, April 6, 10am-12pm
5625 Arlington Avenue, Bronx
Recycle unwanted textiles (clothing, towels, sheets, etc.), including old Crocs, donate gently used toys, visit with green vendors and learn what to recycle in NYC with GrowNYC's Office of Recycling Outreach and Education! Learn more.
NYPD Document Shredding - Harlem
Sunday, April 6, 11am-2pm
145th St & Broadway, front of Popular Community Bank
Join the NYPD's Crime Prevention Section to shred your documents containing your personal / sensitive information. This is a FREE service. You can also register your electronic devices with the NYPD's Operation ID Program.
Washington Heights Y Earth Day Fair
Sunday, April 6, 2pm-5pm
54 Nagle Ave, Manhattan
Recycle clothing and textiles and check items off your to-fix list with Pop Up Repair Shop at this annual event featuring raffles, giveaways and eco-friendly activities for kids and adults. Learn more.
Shred Fest at 2 Queens Libraries
Saturday, April 12
10:30am-12:30pm, Sunnyside, 43-06 Greenpoint Ave, LIC
1pm-3pm, Broadway, 40-20 Broadway, LIC
Trained, licensed professionals will shred and recycle your personal papers free of charge. Bring as little or as much as you would like to recycle. Learn more.
NYC SAFE Disposal Events
Plan some serious spring cleaning around the annual NYC SAFE Disposal Events, hosted by the Department of Sanitation. Safely dispose of electronics and other potentially harmful household products like batteries, paint, pesticides and medicine at collections in each borough this spring. Only NYC residential waste will be accepted (no business or institutional waste permitted). All events 10am-4pm, rain or shine. Learn more at

2014 SAFE Disposal Schedule:
Queens: Saturday, April 26 - Cunningham Park
Brooklyn: Sunday, May 4 - McCarren Park
Bronx: Saturday, May 10 - Orchard Beach Parking Lot
Manhattan: Sunday, May 11 - Union Square, North Plaza
Staten Island: Saturday, May 17 - Midland Beach Parking Lot
Load OUT! A Reuse and Repurposing RIOT
Saturday, April 26, 12pm-3pm
11 E 3rd St, East Village
Join us at FABnyc's Load OUT!, an afternoon of repurposing and recycling that showcases creative thinking about sustainability and the arts. While FAB makes costumes, props, and furniture available to artists, GrowNYC and other partners will provide free recycling for clothing, textiles and electronics. Get more information on this great event.
St. George Day Festival - Staten Island
Saturday, April 26, 12pm-7pm
Tompkinsville Park, Bay St & Victory Blvd
(four blocks from the ferry, rain or shine)
12pm-4pm: Free Store, Recycling Information Table
3pm: Recycling Relay Race
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). Visit for more information on these and other festivities.
A Toast To Gotham

Join us for A Toast to Gotham on Monday April 28th. Celebrate in style when you buy your tickets, and feel good because 100% of all proceeds go to GrowNYC! Get your tickets today!
Find us in your neighborhood!
Meet OROE at these events and get answers to your recycling questions!

STATEN ISLAND: Saturday, April 12, 12pm-3pm, 221 Broadway - PS 18 Health Fair

COLUMBUS CIRCLE: Thursday, April 17, 11am-3pm, 60 Columbus Circle - Earth Day at Time Warner Center

STATEN ISLAND: Tuesday, April 22, 11am-4pm, 206 South Avenue - Earth Day at the Mariners Harbor Library

SOUTH FERRY: Saturday, April 26, Battery Park, 11am-3pm - Earth Fest at Battery Urban Farm

UPPER EAST SIDE: Tuesday, April 29, 12pm-4pm, Hunter College West Lobby, 695 Park Ave - Hunter Go Green Festival

LOWER MANHATTAN: Friday & Saturday, May 2 & 3, Basketball City, 299 South St - Bike New York Expo 
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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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