Freegan Events in New York

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Monday, August 3rd • Freegan Meeting, Discussion and Trash Trailblaze
After brief report-backs on ongoing projects, we will have an open, facilitated discussion on a topic of freegan interest. This month, we’ll be talking about the zero-waste movement and how freeganism fits in with that. Bring your ideas and opinions and let’s talk! We welcome both those with experience taking part in non-hierarchical consensus-based groups and those participating for the first time. At 9pm, we will end our business meeting and have a brief, newcomer-friendly discussion about freeganism. After, we will explore the area’s wasted food and other goods. The trailblaze will focus on an area we don’t visit as often and is for foragers interested in helping to update our list of locations to recommend to others – it is different from our regular tours in that we do not know what we will find, although our experience is that wasteful patterns occur all over the city, with this neighborhood being no exception. The meeting and tour are NOT open to media.
When & Where?    Meet at 7:30pm in Teardrop Park in the Battery Park City area. Enter the park on the west side of North Avenue between Warren and Murray, and look for us with a sign. See the map for a better idea of where to enter. To attend for just the Freeganism 101 and trash trailblaze, meet us at 9pm in the same location. In case of rain, we’ll meet in the Winter Garden atrium with the palm trees at Brookfield Place (formerly World Financial Center) at 200 Vesey Street.

Watch for the rest of our monthly calendar later in the week!

Ongoing Sustainable and Mutual Aid Events

Fixers Collective • Thursday, July 16th
Third Thursday of every month. A social experiment in improvisational fixing and mending. Bring your broken thing and place it on the fixing table for collective consideration. The assembled group will share ideas and techniques for repairing, mending, enhancing or repurposing the objects before us. A $5 donation is suggested, but no one turned away. Check to confirm the time and date, and for more details.
When & Where?  7-10pm at Proteus Gowanus, 543 Union St. at Nevins, Brooklyn, R, F, G to Union or Carroll.

Weekly Bike Repair Workshops by Times Up
More info at
MANHATTAN WORKSHOPS at ABC No Rio, at 156 Rivington St. in the Lower East Side.
Monday:  Bike Repair Classes: 6:30pm
Thursday:  Fix Your Bike Workshop: 6:30pm
BROOKLYN WORKSHOPS are at the Brooklyn space at 99 South 6th St, off Bedford Ave.
Wednesday:  Fix Your Bike Workshop:  5:30pm
Sunday:  Fix Your Bike Workshop:  5:30pm. Share skills and fix up your own bike.

Food Not Bombs 
Food Not Bombs in Manhattan offers a vegetarian meal share (using donated food that would otherwise be wasted) Sundays at 3:30pm in Tompkins Square Park. Help cook at Catholic Worker, 36 East 1st Street between 1st & 2nd Avenues at 1pm. Info: or (212) 254-3697 ext. 27.
Long Island Food Not Bombs (Community Solidarity Project) currently shares free groceries and hot meals every Saturday at 3pm just outside Von King/Tompkins (NW corner of Lafayete Ave. & Marcy Ave.) as part of its Bed-Stuy Food Share. Info: or

Wild Food Tours
“Wildman” Steve Brill holds frequent tours where you can learn to find and harvest wild growing plants for food and medicine.
To confirm dates/times/locations, and to register for a tour, go to

Grub Community Building Meal
Grub is looking for a new home! 1st & 3rd Sunday every month. This mostly freegan dinner needs a new space! Check the wall at to see if it is happening or if you can offer space to host!

Community Swaps by GrowNYC
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.
For more information and calendar of events see:

Lower East Side Ecology Center accepts organic material for composting (fruit & vegetable peelings, cut flowers, etc.). Check the Calender for dates, times and locations (click on individual dates for detailed information).
The W. 181st St. Beautification Project: compost drop-off at garden, 880 W. 181 St; Washington Heights.
The W. 124th St. Community Garden has compost drop-off at the garden on W. 124th St. between 5th and Lenox in Harlem. More info and hours:
Compost for Brooklyn will accept residential food scraps. Check (website currently expired) or for schedule and more information.  They are at the intersections of Newkirk Avenue and East 8th Street in Brooklyn.
GrowNYC has greatly expanded compostables collection. See the expanded dropoff site list here:

Computer and Electronics Recycling
The Lower East Side Ecology Center has a whole lot of spring ewaste recycling opportunities, in addition to their permanent e-waste collection center! Details of this spring’s events can be found here: – there are too many to list here! The collection center is at 469 President Street (at Nevins Street) nearest the Union St. D,N,R station and is open Tues 10-5, Wed 12-7, Thurs 10-5, Fri 10-5 and Sat 10-4. For more info, go to:
Goodwill Stores collect electronics for recycling through their Reconnect program.

Textile Recycling  
Of course, the best thing to do with clothes and other textiles is to reuse them! BUT, if you have scraps that can’t be used even one more time, there is textile recycling! There are textile recycling collections now at 36 Greenmarkets in all five boroughs! See the list here: or call 311 for more info!