Saratoga Recycles Day!

Saturday, October 21st from 9:00-2:00

Saratoga High School Parking Lot, West Avenue Entrance

Sponsored by Sustainable Saratoga with help from the Saratoga Springs High School Environmental Class

Re-purpose unwanted items. Protect the environment. Help the community.

We’re collecting: 

  • Clothing & Household Textiles (any condition): clothes, coats, shoes, belts, hats, gloves, purses, backpacks, sheets, quilts, comforters, towels, rags, etc.

  • Sewing & Needlework Supplies: Fabric scraps, yarn, trim, ribbons, sewing notions, knitting needles, etc.

  • Electronics & Appliances*: Refrigerators, stoves, washers, dryers, microwaves, dishwashers, toasters, blenders, coffee machines, hot plates, cable or satellite receivers, audio/visual equipment, cell phones, computers & accessories, VCRs, DVD players, video game systems, wiring & cables, etc.

  • Bicycles & Metal Objects*: Bikes, basketball hoops, grills, metal lawn care equipment, etc.

* Note: There will be a $5 charge per vehicle for electronics / appliances / metal

We cannot accept: televisions, monitors, batteries, fluorescent light bulbs, or toxic/hazardous materials

Please click here for a copy of our local donation and recycling directory.

Sign Up to Volunteer

We still need volunteers (age 16 or older) to help keep traffic flowing smoothly and safely, and to assist with unloading vehicles. Please use the sign-up form below to indicate your job and shift preferences. If you have any difficulties using the form, send us an email: zerowaste@sustainablesaratoga.org.

Click on one of the tabs to choose your desired volunteer role and shift.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • It’s convenient. We’ll take your items that usually don’t get recycled, in any condition, with no sorting required. You won’t even get out of your car!
  • Recycling is good for the environment and human health. We produce more than 254 million tons of trash every year in the U.S., which gets dumped in over 2,000 landfills that are leaking toxins into the surrounding environment and producing the greenhouse gas methane. Not to mention transporting trash creates pollution. No one wants that in their backyard!
  • Your junk still has value. Unwanted clothing, shoes and backpacks will be donated to local organizations who distribute these items to people in need. Appliances and electronics contain valuable components that require energy to mine and manufacture; recycling them conserves our natural resources and avoids pollution, while helping private companies source materials sustainably.
  • You’ll be contributing to programs that make our community more environmentally-conscious and sustainable. We’re donating 10% of any proceeds to the Saratoga Springs High School Environmental Class. All other funds raised will support our local initiatives, like our Tree Toga tree planting events, our backyard composting program, our advocacy work for affordable housing, and more!

The short answer is no. There will be four main “stations” set up in the Saratoga Springs High School parking lot: 1) electronics, appliances, and metal objects ($5 fee per vehicle); 2) bicycles; 3) clothing and textiles; and 4) sewing and needlework supplies. As you enter the parking lot via the West Avenue entrance, a greeter will direct you to the appropriate station(s), and then volunteers will help unload your vehicle at each station. We ask that you group your items by station to facilitate unloading, but you do NOT need to sort items further. For example, you can drop off a bag that contains wearable clothing, shoes, sheets and towels. To keep traffic flowing, our partners and volunteers will handle additional sorting after the event.

We are working with several local organizations and vendors to reuse/recycle donated items:

  • Clothing & Textiles: Some clothing donations will go directly to the Prospect Center’s children & family programs serving Saratoga, Warren and Washington Counties; other clothing items will be donated to B.E.S.T. to benefit backstretch workers at the Saratoga racetrack. Backpacks and winter coats will be donated to Shelters of Saratoga. All other clothing and textiles will be processed by the American Clothing Company (Glens Falls, NY) and redistributed globally for reuse. Textiles can be repurposed into products like dog bed filling or rug pads.
  • Appliances, Electronics, and Scrap Metal: Donated items will be reused/repurposed by JGS Recycling (Albany, NY).
  • Bicycles: Bikes in decent condition will be refurbished by Bikeatoga. All other bikes will be recycled as scrap metal.
  • Sewing & Needlework Materials: Fabric scraps, yarn, notions, ribbons and thread will be donated to Up-Stitch, a creative reuse organization based in Albany that sells recycled materials back to the crafting community at an affordable rate.

No! Anyone is welcome to donate items, there are no residency restrictions

We’ll be collecting items rain or shine! We’ll have volunteers helping to unload vehicles, so you can stay dry even if it’s raining.