Freegan Events in New York

November 2020

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Friday, November 27th, 6:30pm • Buy Nothing Day DIY Salon and Crafty Gift Making – on Zoom
Join us in celebration of Buy Nothing Day – a holiday designed to get people thinking about how workers, the environment, and animals are harmed in making the products we buy, and about all the good things we can do with our time instead of shopping. We’ll gather online to step off of the shopping treadmill with – we’ll share skills and ideas for crafts and other gifts to show your love this holiday without buying. If you have a skill or craft or idea to share, just let us know!

Join the Zoom meeting:
Meeting ID: 711 895 0948
One tap mobile: +16465588656,,7118950948#

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.

Food Not Bombs
Long Island Food Not Bombs is still operating, with drive-up pickup available, see details here:
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.

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. 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:

Wild Food Tours
“Wildman” Steve Brill and his daughter, Violet Brill, hold frequent tours where you can learn to find and harvest wild growing plants for food and medicine.
Tours resume on Friday, July 3, beginning with Central Park. Please wear a mask, and observe social distancing.
10/17: Far Rockway, Queens, NY
10/18: Sheldrake Lake, Larchmont, NY
10/18: Sunken Meado State Park, Kings Park, Long Island, NY
10/24: Prospect Park, Brooklyn, NY
10/25: Central Park at 106th St. and 5th Ave, Manhattan, NY
10/31: Inwood Hil Park, Manhattan, NY
Get more info and register for tours at

Community Swaps and Clothing Collection by GrowNYC
GrowNYC has suspended their clothing collections and swap events for now.They have a good list with some resources here:
Their compost drop-off sites are starting to reopen – see the listing below for details.

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-5pm1st 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: Wednesdays 9am-2pm
East River compost yard: 24/7
more info:

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

Textile Recycling 

Green Tree Textiles
They are slowly restarting the textile collection programs – keep on eye for updates here:

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

Electronics Recycling

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

Lower East Side Ecology Center sadly has had to close their e-waste warehouse, but they are beginning to re-start e-waste collection events. Because the schedule is tenuous due to Covid hotspots, please check for upcoming events on their