Freegan Events in New York City

April & May 2021

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Monday, May 3rd, 7:30pm • Freegan Meeting

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 welcome both those with experience taking part in non-hierarchical, consensus-based groups and those participating for the first time. Join Zoom Meeting

Monday, May 10th, 8:00PM • Freeganism 101 and Trash Tour

Join us for an in-person public trash tour! We’re excited to host this trash tour and have a safe, socially distanced event. We ask that participants wear face coverings for the entirety of the tour.
Where: We will meet at the corner of University Place and 8th Street in Manhattan. If you have trouble finding us, call or text Janet at ‭(347) 724-6954‬.

Monday, May 17th, 7:30pm • Freegan Meeting

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 welcome both those with experience taking part in non-hierarchical, consensus-based groups and those participating for the first time. Join Zoom Meeting

Wednesday, May 26th, 7:30pm • Freegan Film Night: Seaspiracy

Join us for an online screening of Seaspiracy, with a discussion to follow with Cindy, who has recently returned from volunteering with Sea Shepherd.
“Seaspiracy examines the global fishing industry, challenging notions of sustainable fishing and showing how human actions cause widespread environmental destruction. Filmmaker Ali Tabrizi discovers that the criminal groups behind drug trafficking and human trafficking are the same ones that are behind overfishing.”
Join the Screening


Ongoing Sustainable and Mutual Aid Events

Weekly Bike Repair Workshops by Times Up
99 South 6th Street, off Bedford Avenue under the Williamsburg Bridge
Indoor Bike Repair Class
Sundays & Wednesdays- 6:00PM-8:30PM
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: times-up.org

Food Not Bombs
Long Island Food Not Bombs is still operating, with drive-up pickup available, see details here: https://communitysolidarity.org/combating-coronavirus
Long Island Food Not Bombs currently shares free groceries and hot meals every Saturday at 3pm just outside Von King/Tompkins Park (NW corner of Lafayette Ave. & Marcy Ave.) as part of its Bed-Stuy Food Share.
INFO: communitysolidarity.org
EMAIL: info@communitysolidarity.org

Food Not Bombs in Manhattan offers a vegetarian meal share (using donated food that would otherwise be wasted) Sundays at 4:30pm 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 seems to be on their facebook page:
http://www.facebook.com/lowermanhattanfoodnotbombs

Wild Food Tours
Tours have stopped for the winter. See you in the spring or online at wildmanstevebrill.com

Community Swaps and Clothing Collection by GrowNYC
GrowNYC GrowNYC has suspended most of their collections and events for now. They have a good list with some resources here: They have a good list with some resources here:
 https://www.grownyc.org/blog/nyc-zero-waste-during-covid-19
Their compost drop-off sites are starting to reopen – see the listing below for details. Composting
Lower East Side Ecology Center is starting to reopen their compost collection sites. Check their website for the latest info, but for now, they have open:
Union Square Park greenmarket: M, W, F, Sa, 8am-5pm
Tompkins Square greenmarket: Sun. 8am-5pm
1st Ave and 1st St: Mondays 9am-2pm
Clinton and Grand: Mondays 9am-2pm
East Broadway and Rutgers: Fridays 9am-2pm
23rd St and 8th Ave: Wednesdays 9am-2pm
Spring St and 6th Ave: Wednesdays 9am-2pm
Christopher Park, 7th Ave & West 4th St: Wednesdays 9am-2pm
Abrons Art Center, 466 Grand Street: Wednesdays 9am-12pm
Mathews-Palmer Park, 445 W 45th St: Saturdays and Sundays 9am-12pm
East River compost yard: 24/7
more info: bit.ly/eastrivercompost
INFO: lesecologycenter.org/programs/compost/compost-drop-off-locations

DSNY is reopening some local food scrap drop-off sites throughout all five boroughs, as well as resuming support for community-managed sites. To find drop-off locations near you, visit https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/dsny/site/services/food-scraps-and-yard-waste-page/nyc-food-scrap-drop-off-locations

Textile Recycling 

Green Tree Textiles
They are slowly restarting the textile collection programs – keep on eye for updates here: www.facebook.com/GreenTreeTextiles

Wearable Collections
While we are still disappointed they do not accept fabric scraps and rags, for re-usable clothing they have a drop-box here:
180 W. 9th Street in Carrol Gardens, Brooklyn
And have opened 4 Greenmarket collection sites:
Ft Greene Greenmarket, Brooklyn, Saturday 9am-1pm
Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, Saturday 9am-12 pm
Carroll Gardens Greenmarket, Brooklyn, Sunday 9am-12pm
Tompkins Sq Park, Manhattan, Sunday 9am- 1pm
www.wearablecollections.com


Electronics Recycling

While not ideal, NYC has a list of mostly corporate e-waste collection sites: https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/dsny/site/services/electronics/electronics-drop-off-locations

Lower East Side Ecology Center sadly has had to close their e-waste warehouse, and currently does not have any upcoming collection events.Keep an eye on their page here: www.lesecologycenter.org/calendar/category/ewaste/ewaste-events