Freegan Events in New York

March 2018
Freegan Events in New York

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If you arrive at an event and cannot find us:
Call/Text Janet at 347-724-6954

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Ask yourself: am I media or not?

Monday, March 5th • Freegan Meeting, Discussion & Trash Tour
After brief updates about ongoing projects, we’ll have an open, facilitated discussion on a topic of freegan interest. This month, we’ll discuss freeganism in the news and/or how New York City’s recycling and composting programs might affect freegans/freeganism. 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 administrative meeting and have a brief, newcomer-friendly discussion about freeganism.
After the discussion we’ll explore the area’s wasted food and other goods. We’ll give advice on how to forage and comment on the reasons for such waste.
The meeting and tour are NOT open to media.
When & Where? Meet at 7:30pm inside Whole Foods Market in the eating/seating area at 808 Columbus Avenue New York, NY (corner of 97th street and Columbus Avenue, 2 blocks west of Central Park and 1,2,3, C or B subway lines).
For the Freeganism 101 and trash tour, meet us at 9pm in the same location.

Thursday, March 15th • Freegan Film Night
Come join us to watch and discuss several freegan related short videos.
Freegan refreshments will be available.
When & Where? Doors open at 7:00pm, videos start at 7:30pm. We’ll be in Assembly Hall at Judson Memorial Church (239 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012).

Wednesday, March 21st • Freegan Meeting, Freeganism 101 & Trash Tour

Thursday, March 22nd • Freegan Meeting, Freeganism 101 & Trash Tour
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 or bottom-lining events. 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 administrative meeting and have a brief, newcomer-friendly discussion about freeganism.
After the discussion, we’ll explore 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.
The meeting is NOT open to media, but media WILL be welcome to the tour with appointment.
When & Where? Meet at 7:30pm inside Black Rock Park Avenue Plaza (Public Atrium), 55 East 52nd Street (between Park and Madison Avenues), Manhattan.
For the Freeganism 101 and trash tour, meet us at 9pm in the same location.

Friday, March 23rd • Freegan Feast!
A FREE and mostly vegan community meal we make together with love, mostly using food we rescued from the trash. We share meal planning, cooking, and other food prep skills, tell stories and jokes, meet new people and reconnect with old friends, and generally unplug from the current world order as we build community. If you are not a skilled cook, it’s OK! If you are, that’s great! You can plan a dish or two from the ingredients we have on hand, and get help if you want it. All participants should plan to help in some way, even if other commitments prevent you from arriving on time.
Media WILL be welcome with appointment, but journalists will be required to respect the wishes of those who do not want to be photographed.
When & Where? The feast will be held at a volunteer’s home accessible by NYC Transit. Please RSVP (at least a day ahead) to Janet at (347) 724-6954 for the location. We’ll meet at 5:30pm to begin cooking and preparation.

Ongoing Sustainable and Mutual Aid Events

Fixers Collective N/A

The Brooklyn Commons Boycott has been brought to our attention:
“In a time of skyrocketing hate crimes and aggressive organizing campaigns by far right groups, the Brooklyn Commons has now advertised itself as a platform open to racist and fascist speakers. This has occurred after the space’s sole owner, Melissa Ennen, chose to host Christopher Bollyn, an anti-Semitic speaker and Trump supporter with neo-Nazi ties, in September 2016. She has since said she would welcome members of the Ku Klux Klan and similar groups to use the space. While it is Ennen’s legal right to collaborate with the far right, we will not assist her in this.
“Common Decency is therefore calling on all people who are interested in equality and justice to boycott the cafe and event space at the Brooklyn Commons until their policy is changed to disallow its use by openly racist, anti-Semitic, Islamophobic, and other far right speakers, organizers, and organizations.” stands in solidarity with Common Decency. will not promote any Fixers Collective events as long as the Collective continues to use the Brooklyn Commons as a host for some of its events.

Weekly Bike Repair Workshops by Times Up
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.
Every Sunday, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Every Wednesday, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
99 South 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY

Food Not Bombs
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. Help cook at Catholic Worker, 36 East First Street, between First and Second Avenues, at 1pm.
INFO: or (212) 254-3697 ext. 27 or
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:,, or email 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.
Suggested donation is $20 ($10 for children under 12), sliding scale.
No one is ever turned away for lack of funds.
Upcoming Tours:
3/3, 11:45am, Central Park, Manhattan
3/4, 11:45am, Prospect Park, Brooklyn
3/10, 1pm, Tarrywile Park, Danbury, CT
3/11, 11:45am, Alley Pond Park, Queens
3/17, 11:45am, Forest Park, Queens
3/18, 11:45am, Central Park, Manhattan
3/24, 12pm, Morningside Park, Manhattan
3/25, 11:45am, Prospect Park, Brooklyn
3/31, 11:45am, Central Park, Manhattan
Get more info/logistics and register for tours at

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.
Upcoming Swaps:
Sunday, March 18* – Flushing
12pm-3pm, Free Synagogue of Flushing
136-23 Sanford Ave, Queens
*PLEASE NOTE: Date changed from March 25th to March 18th.
Saturday, March 24 – Little Neck
12pm-3pm, Queens County Farm
73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Queens

New York City Department of Sanitation Food Composting
Food scraps can be turned into useful compost that helps make NYC green. You can take certain food scraps for composting to drop-off sites (PDF) located throughout the five boroughs.
INFO (including interactive map):
Lower East Side Ecology Center ( accepts organic material for composting (fruit & vegetable peelings, cut flowers, etc.) at:
– Union Square Greenmarket (Mon, Wed, Fri, & Sat 8am-5pm);
– Community Garden, E. 7th St. btwn B & C (Sundays, 8am-5pm).
They also offer compost drop-off for commuters:
– 1st Ave. between Houston & First St. (Mon, Wed & Fri, 8-11am);
– West 23rd St. at 8th Avenue (Tues & Thurs, 8-11am);
– Clinton at Grand (Mon & Fri, 8-11am);
– East Broadway at Rutgers (Wed, 8-11am);
– Hudson Square, 6th Ave. & Spring St (Tues & Thurs, 8-11am);
– 127th Street and Malcom X Blvd. (Wed, 8-11am).
GrowNYC has greatly expanded composting collection.
See the expanded dropoff site list here:
The W. 181st St. Beautification Project: no longer accepts residential food scraps.
The W. 124th St. Community Garden: no longer accepts residential food scraps.

Compost for Brooklyn: no longer accepts residential food scraps.

Computer and Electronics Recycling
Lower East Side Ecology Center has e-waste recycling events on:
3/17, 10am-4pm, Throggs Neck (Randall Ave), Bronx
3/18, 10am-4pm, 70-11 150th Street, (Kew Gardens) Queens
3/24, 10am-4pm, Chatham Square (Kimlau Square), Chinatown/Manhattan
3/25, 10am-4pm, 1901 Ocean Parkway, Brooklyn
No events currently scheduled for February.
Check out their Calendar of EWaste Events for more info:
They also have a permanent e-waste collection center at 469 President Street (at Nevins Street) nearest the Union St. D,N,R station and it’s open Tues 10-5, Wed 12-7, Thurs 10-5, Fri 10-5 and Sat 10-4.
New York City’s Zero Waste Program has events and drop-off locations administered by the New York City Department of Sanitation:
>2018 Events:
>Drop-Off Sites:
>Make sure to check the, Safe Handling & Disposal of Harmful Products, guide before you try to dispose of anything:

Textile Recycling
Green Tree Textiles
There are 9 weekly (5 on Saturday, 4 on Sunday) Green Tree collection sites at Farmers Markets in Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn and Westchester.
See the list here:
We’ve received one second hand report that the Park Slope, Brooklyn location (4th Street at 5th Avenue) accepts scraps but we cannot confirm this information.
Please contact ( or visit one of their drop off locations (see list above) to confirm.
We are disappointed to hear that the GrowNYC Greenmarkets collection of textiles is no longer accepting scraps, rags, or other “unusable textiles”; but for used clothing, shoes, linens, and such, there are textile collections at 31 Greenmarkets in four boroughs.
See the list here: or call 311 for more info.
To see (and perhaps comment on) Wearable Collections’ statement on the change in policy over what is collected go to their site here: