Freegan Events in New York City

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July 2024

Wednesday, July 10th, 9:00 pm ET • Freeganism 101 & Trash Tour (No Media)

We will have a brief, newcomer-friendly discussion about freeganism before exploring the area’s wasted food and other goods. We give advice on how to salvage these goods, and comment on the reasons for such waste.
When & Where: We will meet at Union Market, 240 E Houston St, on the NE corner of Avenue A and Houston, Manhattan, at 9:00pm ET.
If you have trouble finding us, call (646) 801-7191‬ (note that this is a different number than usual).

Saturday, July 13th, 1:00 pm ET • Plant Skillshare

Come to our Freegan Plant Skillshare!
Whether you’re a bona fide greenthumb, or just getting into the idea of plants, this is a great opportunity to trade and learn.
Bring cuttings, seeds, compost, plants, pots, and/or knowledge to share!
When & Where: Madison Square Park, at the tables (around the Shake Shack area), starting at 1:00 pm.
If you have trouble finding us, CALL (don’t text) (646) 801-7191‬ (note that this is a different number than usual).
This is an outdoor event, so if the weather is looking bad, please CALL (don’t text) (646) 801-7191‬ to make sure it is still on.

Monday, July 22nd, 7:30 pm ET • Freegan Meeting on Zoom

Help make freeganism happen in NYC!
At our organizational meetings we discuss and decide on future activities and group direction. Participants are encouraged to step up and introduce new freegan projects with the support of the group, or take roles such as facilitating meetings. We are glad to have both those who have experience taking part in non-hierarchical, consensus-based groups, and those participating for the first time.
We welcome those interested in attending the Zoom meeting, but kindly call ‭(TBD) at least 1 day ahead of time for information.

Sunday, July 28th, 2:00 pm ET • Really Really Free Market

The Really Really Free Market is a bazaar and celebration where we challenge capitalist interactions, and have fun trying new models of exchange. Previous RRFMs have included skill-sharing, clothing, and books! Bring items in good and working condition that you want to pass on to someone else; drop-offs accepted between 12:00 pm and 4:30 pm ET.
Textile recycling drop-off will be available, but general e-waste will not, so please bring working electronics only. <3 <3
No need to bring something to take something.
We will not be serving food on-site.
Where: Assembly Hall at Judson Memorial Church (239 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012).

Ongoing Sustainable and Mutual Aid Events (updated July 2024)

Weekly Bike Repair Workshops by Times Up
La Plaza Cultural Community Garden, SW corner of 9th St & Ave C
First and third Saturday of the month, 1:00 – 2:00 pm ET:
Come and learn how to fix your bike, and do simple maintenance and tune-ups, at the bike repair classes.
626 E 14th Street, Manhattan
Sundays & Wednesdays, 4:30 – 8:00 pm ET
Open shop — you use our tools and stands to work on your bike.
Experienced mechanics will be present to answer questions, but you do the work. Bike workshops are free, but we strongly encourage you to make a donation or become a Time’s Up member to help support our efforts. If you have a big project in mind, please be considerate of the time and plan ahead.
INFO:, or email

Food Not Bombs
Long Island Food Not Bombs currently shares free groceries and hot meals every Saturday at 3:45 pm ET just outside Von King/Tompkins Park (NW corner of Lafayette Ave. & Marcy Ave.) as part of its Bed-Stuy Food Share. Volunteers welcome, starting at 3 pm!
INFO:, or email

Food Not Bombs in Manhattan offers a vegetarian meal share (using donated food that would otherwise be wasted) Sundays at 4:30 pm ET in Tompkins Square Park (7th St & Ave. A)
Contact them if you’re interested in helping to cook and prepare food. The most up-to-date info, including specific item needs for aiding migrants, is on their facebook page:

Wild Food Tours
“Wildman” Steve Brill holds frequent tours where you can learn to find and harvest wild growing plants for food and medicine.
Suggested donation is $20 ($10 for children under 12), sliding scale. No one is ever turned away for lack of funds.
Tours for July in the NYC area are:
7/13: Central Park, Manhattan – 106th St. and 5th Ave, 11am
7/14: Prospect Park, Brooklyn – Grand Army Plaza Entrance, 11am
7/27: Prospect Park, Brooklyn – Grand Army Plaza Entrance, 11am
7/28: Central Park, Manhattan – 106th St. and 5th Ave, 11am
Find other tours in the surrounding areas, register, and see more details at

Free Sailing School
Learn to sail for free, and build community, with the .
For more information, see The Free Sailing School on Meetup: https://

Community Swaps by GrowNYC
GrowNYC’s Stop ‘N’ Swap® Program contract with the Department of Sanitation (DSNY) has ended.
Please follow @grownyc on social for future updates.
Check out the GrowNYC Workers Collective’s efforts to save the zero waste programs, and sign up to take action!

Curbside composting is now available in many areas of New York City – find out more here:

Lower East Side Ecology Center has closed many of their compost collection sites since the start of curbside composting, so check the list on their website before you head out!
Union Square Park greenmarket: M, W, F, Sa, 8am-5pm ET
Tompkins Square greenmarket: Sundays 8am-5pm ET
Clinton & Grand: Mondays 9am-4pm ET
East Broadway and Rutgers: Wednesday 9am-4pm ET
Mathews-Palmer Park, 445 W 45th: 7 days a week 7am-6pm ET
St. Vartan Park, 36th St. & 1st Ave: 7 days a week 6am-11pm ET

Grow NYC’s composting program has officially ended.
Check out the GrowNYC Workers Collective’s efforts to save the zero waste programs, and sign up to take action!

City-wide list of composting resources
This is a great resource to find places city-wide to bring your food scraps.:

East New York Compost Project
They have resumed public food scrap collection:
Drop off at the East New York Youth Farm, 24/7
620 Schenck Ave. Brooklyn, NY
See more info here:

Textile Recycling 
Green Tree Textiles has textile-recycling-collection at a few Greenmarkets, AND they accept fabric and textile scraps along with intact, usable pieces!
They have a lot of collection sites, including Greenmarkets and drop-off boxes, listed on their website here::

Wearable Collections
While we are still disappointed that they do not accept fabric scraps and rags, they do have a number of Greenmarket collection sites for re-usable, intact clothing:

Electronics Recycling
The Lower East Side Ecology Center has a few e-waste collection events listed for July:
7/13, 10am-2pm, Morning Star Baptist Church, 114-44 Merrick Boulevard, Jamaica, Queens
7/14, 10am-2:30pm, Union Square Park North Plaza, Manhattan
7/20, 10am-2pm; Brooks Senior Center, 143-22 109th Avenue, Jamaica, Queens
More info can be found

Also, while not ideal, NYC has a list of mostly corporate e-waste collection sites:

Fixers Collective
The Fixers Collective is a social experiment in improvisational fixing and aggressive asset recovery. They host monthly repair clinics at Hack Manhattan, and occasional events elsewhere. Events are usually on the 3rd Wednesday of the month, at Hack Manhattan, 34 W 37th St. between 5th and 6th Aves. (Note that the space is up a flight of stairs.)
There is a suggested $5 donation, but no one is turned away.
Check for details, and let them know what you’re bringing in for repair, on their facebook page:

Hack Manhattan
Hack Manhattan is a non-profit, all-volunteer hackerspace in New York City. The space is a place for people to come together and socialize, work on projects, and share knowledge. They welcome anyone interested in art, craft, and technology – whether you’re interested in electronics or gardening, textiles or 3D printing, They invite you to come, work, and be part of the community.
While they do encourage people to become paying members of the space, they host regular Project Nights/Open Houses on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7pm to 9:15pm at Hack Manhattan, 34 W 37th St. btween 5th and 6th Aves. (Please note that the space is up a flight of stairs.)
See more info here:

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