Stop ‘N’ Swap® NYC FREE COMMUNITY REUSE EVENTS | GrowNYC
Sick of looking at the same books on your shelf? Searching for your next favorite novel? Look no further than the Staten Island Greenmarket Book Swap, a free community reuse event hosted by local non-profit GrowNYC.
WHAT: Free Book Swap
WHEN: Saturday, August 20, 10am–1pm
WHERE: 2 Greenmarket Locations-
Staten Island Mall Greenmarket, Marsh Ave & Ring Road (commuter lot)
St. George Greenmarket, St. Marks Place & Hyatt Street
GrowNYC invites the public to bring gently used books in good condition to share with those who can use them. No one is required to bring books in order to take books—you can simply show up with a bag and see what’s free for the taking. Any books leftover at the end of the day will be donated.
The Staten Island Greenmarket Book Swap, an offshoot of GrowNYC’s popular Stop ‘N’ Swap® reuse program, offers environmentally conscious New Yorkers a chance to find new homes for unwanted books, or take home new ones for their shelves. “Everyone knows New Yorkers have the coolest stuff. And you can find it at Stop ‘N’ Swap!” said GrowNYC Executive Director Marcel Van Ooyen. “These events bring neighbors together and reduce the city’s carbon footprint by facilitating reuse and encouraging waste reduction.” In response to increasing demand for reuse events, GrowNYC has set a goal of hosting one swap in each of the city’s 59 community districts each year, where the public can find new homes for reusable items of all kinds, including housewares, clothing, toys, and more.
This outdoor event will take place rain or shine.
Bring clean, reusable, portable items such as clothing, house wares, games, books, & toys that you no longer need, and take home something new-to-you, free! You don’t have to bring something to take something.Please do NOT bring: furniture, large items, expired or open food, unsealed personal care products, medicine, dirty or ripped clothing, fabric scraps, incomplete toys and games, non-working electronics, magazines, or sharp objects.For everyone’s safety and enjoyment, we ask all attendees to abide by the following Rules of Conduct at Stop ‘N’ Swap®.
What is a Stop ‘N’ Swap?
It’s a free event where people can find new homes for unwanted items (like clothes, books, shoes, toys, housewares) or take items they can use. You don’t need to bring something to take something!
How does it work?
Simply drop any items at our “drop-off” table. We’ll weigh them, sort them, and put them out on our display tables. Items on the display tables are free on a first come, first served basis.
Why does GrowNYC host Stop ‘N’ Swap?
Stop ‘N’ Swap is one way we pursue our mission to reduce waste and promote reuse in NYC. 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. Our goal is hold a swap in every community district in NYC every year, so that we can give everyone in the city an opportunity to reduce and reuse right where they live!
What should I bring to the Stop ‘N’ Swap?
Bring yourself! Bring family and friends. Definitely bring a tote bag or two for items you want to take home.
You are encouraged to bring clean, working and portable items you no longer need, but this is not required.
What shouldn’t I bring to the Stop ‘N’ Swap?
Please do not bring furniture or other large items that cannot be carried away easily.
See our Code of Conduct for a full list of items we do not Swap.
How much does it cost to attend?
Swaps are free of charge and all items are available for the taking on a first come, first served basis.
Will I have to wait for people to take my items?
No. Your items will be sorted and placed out after you drop them off for others to take. You are free to pick up items that you can use. There is no exchange based on how much or how little you bring, or the relative expense of the items. *Please bring giveaways no later than an hour before the end of the event to ensure time for them to find new homes.*
Will someone watch my stuff?
No. We are not responsible for personal property. Please do not leave your coat, bag or other items unattended. When leaving donations at the intake table, please be sure to hand us only that which you are giving away.
Can I drop items off before the event?
No. Items are only accepted during the event. We encourage you to drop off near the start to better ensure your items find a new home.
What happens to items leftover after the event?
Anything left at the end of the day will be sorted and recycled or donated for reuse as much as possible.
Can someone pick up my donations from my apartment?
Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate this request.
How can I find new homes for large items or things I forgot to bring to the Stop ‘N’ Swap?
Try resources like Freecycle.org or Craigslist for miscellaneous items. You can also search a list of local charities at DonateNYC.
“Stop ‘N’ Swap” is registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
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