Freegan Events in New York

October 2020

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Monday October 5, 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 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!
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Meeting ID: 711 895 0948
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Thursday, Oct. 15, 9pm • Freeganism 101 and Trash Tour
Join us for our return to public trash tours! We’re excited to host this trash tour, and have a safe, socially distanced event. We ask that participants wear face coverings over their mouth and nose for the entirety of the tour.
When & Where: We will meet at the northwest corner of 58th and 9th Avenue in Manhattan at 9pm. If you have trouble finding us, call or text Janet at ‭(347) 724-6954‬.

Monday October 19, 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 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!
Join the Zoom meeting
Meeting ID: 711 895 0948
One tap mobile: +16465588656,,7118950948#

Sunday October 25, 1PM-5:00PM • Really Really Free Market
Participants can expect to share and pick up a variety of small items that people can easily transport, including clothing, housewares, books, and more. We are operating in a limited space and ask that people bringing items to share reserve larger items for later events.
As we are still taking precautions to stem the spread of coronavirus, we will not provide prepared foods and ask that participants wear face coverings over their mouth and nose and practice social distancing.
When & Where: This outdoor market will take place in Washington Square Park near the Holley Monument on the western side of the Arch. We plan on being there from 1 to 5pm, and will likely need help after with cleanup.


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. 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
“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 wildmanstevebrill.com

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:
 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-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: 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 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, 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 website:www.lesecologycenter.org/calendar/category/ewaste/ewaste-events