These events are held in both Manhattan proper, and surrounding city boroughs, as a place for people to bring clothing, books, toys, and other items that would otherwise be thrown away.
GrowNYC’s mission is to reduce waste and promote reuse. “By participating in community swaps, New Yorkers simultaneously reduce their contribution to landfills and prevent the waste that comes from the production, packaging and transportation required to get new things. It’s also an opportunity to engage with NYC communities about recycling resources in their neighborhood and the services of GrowNYC’s zero waste programs funded by the NYC Department of Sanitation,” their website states.
Maria Saco, a 65 year old Crown Heights resident, says she attends the Brooklyn Stop ‘N’ Save events as frequently as possible. “You never know what you might find. I’ve gotten toys for my grandkids, I’ve found amazing kitchen items like a toaster.” After taking a walk around I noticed that there are different categories such as books, household items, jewelry, children toys, shoes, and more. As the event goes on new items are being dropped off so new items are constantly being added to the piles and racks. This is nice for people attending the events because showing up towards the end doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to end up with “bottom of the barrel” items.
This non-profit is going to amazing lengths to provide communities that currently have low recycling efforts with an easy and accessible way to reuse goods. Whether you want to donate lightly loved and used items, or want to try and find something new for a deeply discounted price of ‘free’, the Stop ‘N’ Swap program is great for you, the community, and the environment. As the old saying says, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.