Our third Saratoga Recycles Day will take place on Saturday, October 26, 2019 from 9-2 at the SPAC parking lot on the west side of Route 50.
Saturday, October 26, 2019 from 9 AM-2 PM
SPAC Parking Lot, west side of Route 50
Sponsored by Sustainable Saratoga
Re-purpose unwanted household items. Protect the environment. Help the community.
Sustainable Saratoga’s first ever Saratoga Recycles Day in 2017 was an amazing success. We collected more than 11,000 pounds of textiles, at least 80 bikes, and tons of scrap metal, diverting these things from the landfill. Our 2018 event was even bigger (read about our 2018 event). We are excited to host our third Saratoga Recycles Day this October. This event is planned and run by Sustainable Saratoga’s amazing volunteers, and we thank them for their dedication to this effort.
Please note that there will be a $5 entrance fee per vehicle. Again this year, household TVs and monitors can be recycled for an additional fee of $20 each, which helps us offset the cost that we have to pay to get these items properly recycled.
We are hoping to add a few additional items this year, so check back soon for additional information and updates. We are also updating our traffic flow to get people off Route 50 and through the stations more quickly, and to reduce vehicle idling time. We encourage people to coordinate with their friends and neighbors to combine items into one vehicle.
WE CANNOT ACCEPT THE FOLLOWING ITEMS:
- Rugs with rubber backing
- Smoke detectors
- Fluorescent light bulbs
- Toxic/hazardous materials
Click here for a copy of our Recycling Made Easy brochure, a directory of local donation and recycling options.
Frequently Asked Questions:
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, printers, VCRs, DVD players, video game systems, wiring & cables, etc. NO smoke detectors or thermostats.
TVs and monitors can be recycled for $20 each
Bicycles & Metal Objects: Bikes, basketball hoops, grills, metal lawn care equipment, etc.
Clothing & Household Textiles (any condition): clothes, coats, shoes, belts, hats, gloves, sleeping bags, backpacks, sheets, quilts, comforters, towels, rags, etc. NO pillows, carpeting, or rugs with rubber backing.
Fabric & Notions: fabrics of all types and sizes, tools (scissors, pins), buttons, elastic, thread, buckles, zippers, fasteners, yarn of all types and quantities, trim, ribbon, lace, knitting needles, crochet hooks, and accessories. Clean materials only! NO mildew, animal or mothball odors, and no toxins on the materials. NO clothing at this station.
- 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. All 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!
We want to recycle electronics that are at the end of their useful life.
- If you have working electronics, please look for places where you can donate them. Consider selling them on an online website or listing them as “free & it works” on the curb. We will update this information shortly with a list of options.
- If you have a broken electronic that you think could be repaired, bring it to our next Repair Cafe, on Saturday November 16, from 12-3 at the Saratoga Springs Public Library. We will have handy repair people who can take a look and try to fix it.
- If it is broken beyond repair, then please bring it to Saratoga Recycles Day and we will make sure that it gets recycled.
We are collecting TVs and monitors. Last year we collected 666 TVs and monitors, so we know this fits a need in our community and we want to be able to offer this service. However, TVs and monitors are costly to recycle. We have someone who is willing to collect and recycle these items at a cost, by weight, to Sustainable Saratoga. We are a non-profit organization that depends almost exclusively on generous donations from the community, so we needed to offset this cost. We arrived at $20 per TV or monitor as a means to offset the costs we will incur, hoping that the heavier items that cost more to recycle will be offset by other, lighter items. Our goal with this fee is not to make money, but simply to avoid losing money by offering this TV and monitor recycling service to the community.
Sustainable Saratoga pays for the metal and electronic items that are brought in for recycling. We have a nominal charge to offset this cost, but that model only works for households. If we accept materials from businesses, it also slows down the traffic flow and overburdens the people collecting materials.
To keep traffic flowing, please sort your item by the major collection stations. There will be “stations” set up in the parking lot: 1) sleeping bags and backpacks for Shelters of Saratoga; 2) men’s jeans & hoodies, and blankets for Backstretch; 3) clothing and textiles; 4) art supplies, fabric, and notions; 5) bicycles for Bikeatoga; and 6) electronics, appliances, and metal objects, including TVs and monitors. As you enter the parking lot, a greeter will direct you to the appropriate station(s), and then volunteers will unload your vehicle at each station (please stay in your vehicle). 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.
Please check in with us ahead of time if you are unsure about whether your item is acceptable. If we cannot accept an item, you will be responsible for taking it with you. We will provide you with any information we can about alternative ways for you to recycle/repurpose any items we cannot accept.
We are working with several local organizations and businesses 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; men’s jeans & hoodies, adult bikes, and blankets will be donated to B.E.S.T. to benefit backstretch workers at the Saratoga racetrack. Backpacks and sleeping bags 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.
- Fabric & Notions: .
- Art Supplies:
- Appliances, Electronics, and Scrap Metal: Donated items will be reused/repurposed by JGS Recycling (Albany, NY).
- Adult Bicycles: Bikes in decent condition will be refurbished by Bikeatoga. All other bikes will be recycled as scrap metal.
- Children’s bikes: we are happy to have people come to the parking lot between 2-3 pm to take a children’s bike for free (or grab one on your way through if you are dropping off items).
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.
We loved the organic way that our bike collection effort turned into an informal kids bike exchange. We will continue that tradition this year as well. So if you bring a bike and see another bike that you would like to trade for, that is fine with us. And if you just want to come look for a bike, you can come to the event between 2 and 3 pm and look for a children’s bike that you can take home for free.