A New Year’s Resolution to Recycle More?

The Park Slope Civic Council’s Sustainability Committee advocates for responsible use and conservation of natural resources in our community, and promotes practices which have a beneficial effect on the environment. To help achieve those goals, we’ve assembled a thorough list of where and how to recycle various items in our community.

 

Appliances

Place appliances next to recycling bins on recycling day. An exception: Call 311 if appliances require CFC removal.

 

Autumn Leaves

  • 6/15 Community Garden, Sixth Avenue at 15th Street. See the garden’s website for instructions and specific dates: www.615green.org.
  • GrowNYC Site at the Grand Army Plaza GreenMarket, Saturdays, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

 

Batteries

Alkaline batteries may be discarded in regular trash. For other types of batteries:

  • GrowNYC Site at the Grand Army Plaza GreenMarket, Saturdays, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. — rechargeable only
  • Lower East Side Ecology Center E-Waste Warehouse, 469 President St. at Nevins Street, 718.858.8777 (call for hours) — rechargeable, lithium, button
  • J.&R. Television, 108 Seventh Ave. between President and Union Streets (small amounts) — rechargeable, lithium, button

 

Bicycles and Bicycle Parts

Recycle-A-Bicycle: www.recycleabicycle.org

 

Building Materials, Salvaged and/or Surplus

Build It Green, NYC’s only non-profit retail outlet for salvaged and surplus building materials: www.bignyc.org

 

CFL Light Bulbs (contain mercury)

  • Home Depot, 550 Hamilton Ave.
  • Lowe’s, 118 Second Ave.
  • Ikea, 1 Beard St., Red Hook

See recycleabulb.veoliaes.com/home for additional information.

 

Christmas Trees

Mulchfest, co-sponsored by the Prospect Park Alliance and Park Slope Civic Council, takes place Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 12 and 13, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at two entrances to the park: Third Street and Prospect Park West, and Park Circle at Prospect Park Southwest and Parkside Avenues.

 

Clothing

GrowNYC site at the Grand Army Plaza GreenMarket, Saturdays, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

 

Cell Phones

 

Composting

  • GrowNYC Composting at the Grand Army Plaza GreenMarket, Saturdays, 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
  • 6/15 Community Garden, Sixth Avenue at 15th Street, www.615green.org
  • Garden of Union, Union Street between Fourth and Fifth Avenues, www.thegardenofunion.com

 

Electronics

  • Lower East Side Ecology Center E-Waste Warehouse, 469 President St. at Nevins Street, 718.858.8777 (call for hours)
  • For additional information, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/66872.html

 

Hazardous Waste

Includes household and automotive batteries, fluorescent bulbs, mercury thermometers and thermostats, motor oil, transmission fluid, pesticides, paints: see www.nyc.gov/html/nycwasteless/html/home/home.shtml for household special waste dropoff sites and special NYC safe disposal events.

 

Junk Mail

  • Visit www.DMAchoice.org to remove your name from mailing lists and avoid unwanted mail, catalogs, credit card offers.
  • Also head to the NYCWasteLess site for all recycling information as well as ways to avoid unwanted mail

 

Plastic Bags

  • Key Food, 130 Seventh Ave. at Carroll Street
  • Key Food, 369 Flatbush Ave. between Park and Sterling Places
  • Barnes & Noble, 267 Seventh Ave. at Sixth Street
  • Rite Aid, 249 Seventh Ave. at Fifth Street
  • CVS, 341 9th St. between Fifth and Sixth Avenues
  • C-Town Supermarket, 327 9th St. between Fifth and Sixth Avenues

 

Plastics, Non-Recyclable

Park Slope Food Coop, www.foodcoop.com

 

Running Shoes

JackRabbit, 151 Seventh Ave. between Carroll Street and Garfield Place

 

Want to add another resource to this list, which you can also find at parkslopeciviccouncil.org/recycling? E-mail us at sustainability@parkslopeciviccouncil.org.

 

About the Sustainability Committee

The Sustainability Committee organizes the twice-yearly Civic Sweeps, our clean-up, beautification and recycling events; co-hosts Mulchfest, the Christmas tree recycling event, with the Prospect Park Alliance; partnered with the kids of P.S. 321 to create signs for trees that are cared for by local shopkeepers; and continues to look for shopkeepers willing to care for the trees in front of their shops. We also offer ideas for environmentally friendly holidays on the Civic Council website, and raise funds to help plant the annual Arbor Day Tree in Prospect Park.

We are currently exploring the possibility of bringing back a former Civic Council event – Clean Walk to School – in which kids pick up litter on their way to school.

Visit our page on this website for more information and updates.

 

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