Freegan Events in New York

November 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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Friday, November 2nd • Freegan Meeting, Discussion & Trash Tour
After brief updates about ongoing projects, we’ll have an open, facilitated discussion on a topic of freegan interest. 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 in the Public Space (shared with Sugar Factory) at 1991 Broadway, New York, NY.
For the Freeganism 101 and Trash Tour, meet us at 9pm in the same location.

Thursday, November 15th • Freegan Film Night
Come join us to watch and discuss several freegan-related short videos.
We’ll be screening clips about:
– Advertising
– Surveillance
– Social Engineering
– Throwaway Culture
– Reducing Waste
– Dumpster Diving
– Expiration Dates
– Repurposing
– Communes
Freegan refreshments will be available.
When & Where? Meet in Assembly Hall inside Judson Memorial Church (239 Thompson St. New York NY, 10012).
Doors will open at 7pm and the program will begin at 7:30pm.

Thursday, November 15th • Freegan Meeting, Freeganism 101 & Trash Tour
For logistical reasons we’re hosting this month’s second Trash Tour (plus abbreviated Meeting & Freeganism 101) on the same evening as Freegan Film Night.
Starting at 9pm we’ll spend 15 minutes planning December’s calendar of events.
At 9:15pm we’ll move on to a quick introduction to freeganism (101).
At 9:30pm we’ll end the 101 and start the tour exploring the area’s wasted food and other goods. We’ll 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 9pm in Assembly Hall inside Judson Memorial Church (239 Thompson St. New York NY, 10012).
For the Freeganism 101 and Trash Tour, meet us at 9:15pm in the same location.

Friday, November 16th • 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, 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.
Please note that while freegans encompass a diversity of diets our feasts are vegetarian (mostly vegan).
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
Every Sunday, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Every Wednesday, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
99 South 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY
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.
No classes at this time.

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:
11/3, 11:45am, Central Park, Manhattan
11/4, 11:45am, Forest Park, Queens, NY
11/10, 10am, Saxon Woods Park, White Plains, NY
11/11, 12pm, Garvies Point Museum-Preserve, Glen Cove, NY
11/17, 10am, Prospect Park, Brooklyn, NY
11/18, 11:45am, Central Park, Manhattan
11/23, 11:45am, Alley Pond Park, Queens, NY
11/24, 1pm, Sunken Meadow Park, Kings Park, LI
11/25, 11:45am, Marine Park, Brooklyn, NY
Get more info 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:
Saturday, November 3 – Glendale
12-3pm, The Shops at Atlas Park*
80-00 Cooper Avenue, Queens
*Next to Crazy 8 apparel store
Saturday, November 17 – Morris Park
11-2pm, P.S 108
1166 Neill Ave, Bronx
Sunday, November 18 – Roosevelt Island
12-3pm, Manhattan Park Theater Club Community Room
8 River Road, Roosevelt Island, Manhattan

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);
– East River Compost Yard (need access code, see website for info).
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);
– 7th Ave. & Christopher Street (Tues, 8-11am);
– 6th Ave. & Waverly Place (Thurs, 8-11am).
GrowNYC has greatly expanded composting collection.
See the expanded dropoff site list here:
East New York Farmers Market Compost Project
Accepts Compost:
Every Saturday until the end of November 2018.
Location: Schenck Avenue between New Lots and Livonia Avenues
Accepts Food Scraps:
Tuesdays (9am – 6pm)
Fridays (10am – 6pm)
(scroll down to “Food Scrap Drop Off” for interactive map)

Computer and Electronics Recycling
Lower East Side Ecology Center has e-waste recycling events on:
11/3, 10am-4pm, Baisley Pond Park, Jamaica, NY
11/17, 10am-4pm, Randall Avenue (Throgs Neck), Bronx, NY
11/18, 10am-4pm, 37th Avenue, Jackson Heights, NY
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:
Thanks to a report from a fellow freegan who has visited one of the collection sites, Green Tree apparently accepts textiles, “in any condition”, which should include scraps, rags, etc. (according to a person accepting the textiles inside the Green Tree tent and also according to the signage at the collection site).
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: