Sustainable Saratoga’s 2021 Saratoga Recycles Day
NEW: 9 Drop Off Stations, Community Composting Challenge
Sustainable Saratoga initiated the first Saratoga Recycles Day in 2017 to help local residents repurpose unwanted household items, protect the environment, and help organizations in our community. Now in its fifth year, the volunteer-run event has diverted literally tons of items from landfills and continues to add new community partners who can use and distribute donations where they’re needed most. There are no residency restrictions and anyone is welcome to participate, so please join us in “paying it forward” on Saturday, October 2!
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- $5 entry fee per vehicle (fees may vary for trucks & larger vehicles, call to check).
- Sort items according to the drop-off stations (map and printable list below).
- $30 additional fee for TVs & monitors (max 4/vehicle).
- Cash or check only. Bring exact change to limit physical contact with event volunteers.
- Masks are required.
STATION LIST & ITEMS COLLECTED:
Please group your items by station to facilitate unloading!!! As you enter the parking lot, a greeter will direct you to the appropriate station(s), and volunteers will unload your vehicle at each station. PLEASE STAY IN YOUR VEHICLE.
Want a printable list? Here you go ♥
Scroll down for map
STATION 1: EYEGLASSES
Sunglasses, eyeglasses & hearing aids in any condition. NO cases. Your donations benefit the Saratoga Lions Club.
STATION 2: CELL PHONES
Cell Phones with chargers. Your donations benefit Wellspring.
STATION 3: GARDEN TOOLS
Garden tools (in good condition) like watering cans, hoses, hose attachments, sprinklers, hoes, spades, metal rakes, etc. NO motorized tools (lawnmowers, edgers, weed whackers, etc.). Your donations benefit Pitney Meadows Community Farm.
STATION 4: MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS
Musical instruments (any condition) like woodwind, brass, string instruments. NO pianos or drums. Your donations benefit We Are Instrumental NY.
STATION 5: MEN’S CLOTHES
Men’s work clothing, including jeans, hoodies, rain jackets, jackets, boots, work shoes, work gloves, heavy socks for backstretch workers. Your donations benefit B.E.S.T..
STATION 6: CHILDREN’S CLOTHES, BACKPACKS
Children’s clothing sizes 2T to 10/12, backpacks and reusable bags (new, clean or gently used). Your donations benefit Domestic Violence Project of Warren/Washington Counties.
STATION 7: CLOTHES, WINTERWEAR, BLANKETS
Clothes, coats, shoes, belts, hats, gloves, sleeping bags, sheets, backpacks, quilts, comforters, towels, rags, etc. (any condition!). NO pillows, carpeting, or rugs with rubber backing. Your donations benefit American Clothing Company.
STATION 8: BIKES
Adult bikes, 20 & 24″ mountain bikes. No helmets or kids bikes. Your donations benefit Bikeatoga.
STATION 9: ELECTRONICS & SMALL APPLIANCES
Microwaves, toasters, blenders, coffee machines, hot plates, cable or satellite receivers, audio/visual equipment, phones, computers and accessories, printers, VCRs, DVD players, video game systems, wiring & cables, etc. NO smoke detectors or thermostats. Your items will be recycled.
TELEVISIONS AND MONITORS:
$30 recycle fee EACH with a max of 4 total per vehicle.
Basketball hoops, grills, unusable bikes, metal lawn care equipment, etc. for scrap metal recycling.
⊗ NOT ACCEPTING ⊗
- Rugs with rubber backing
- Smoke detectors
- Fluorescent light bulbs
- Toxic/hazardous materials
- Large appliances
COMMUNITY COMPOSTING CHALLENGE
YouthSquared will be hosting a “Community Composting Challenge,” giving out FREE educational materials and stainless steel kitchen compost bins with charcoal filters for people who want to begin separating food scraps in their homes. Find them after station #8 (see map). The food scraps you collect can be brought free of charge to the Wednesday and Saturday Saratoga Farmers Markets each week. Separating food scraps and not having them go to our landfills is the 3rd best thing you can easily do to reduce the greenhouse gases in our world.
- Learn more about the great things YouthSquared is doing locally
- Learn about Saratoga’s first and only curbside composting service, Loving Earth Compost
OTHER WAYS TO RESPONSIBLY DISPOSE OF MATERIALS
Got household hazardous waste? For residents of the City of Saratoga Springs, the City typically holds a Household Hazardous Waste Day every two years; the last event was held in October of 2019. You can call 518-587-3550, ext. 2623 for more information about future events.
- The City of Saratoga Springs is holding a hazardous waste collection event on October 16 (for residents only)
Got tires? The Saratoga County Soil & Water Conservation District typically holds a tire recycling event every year. These events are open to Saratoga County residents and registration in advance is required.
Click here for a copy of our Reuse, Repair, Recycle guide, a directory of local donation, recycling, and repair options.
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