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 encourage people to coordinate with their friends and neighbors to combine items into one vehicle.

We have redesigned our traffic flow to get people off Route 50 and through the stations more quickly, and to reduce vehicle idling time.

We’re collecting the following items:

Eyeglasses & Hearing Aids

Fabric, Notions & Art Supplies: cloth, yarn, craft paper, frames, buttons, canvas, scissors, thread, craft books, patterns, stamps, jewelry supplies, art supplies and materials. Clean materials only! NO mildew, animal or mothball odors, and no toxins on the materials. NO clothing at this station.

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.

Bicycles: Bikes of all sizes

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

Metal Objects: basketball hoops, grills, metal lawn care equipment, etc. for scrap metal recycling

WE CANNOT ACCEPT THE FOLLOWING ITEMS:

  • Pillows
  • Carpeting
  • Rugs with rubber backing
  • Batteries
  • Thermostats
  • Smoke detectors
  • Fluorescent light bulbs
  • Toxic/hazardous materials

OTHER WAYS TO RESPONSIBLY DISPOSE OF MATERIALS

Got household hazardous waste? For residents of the City of Saratoga Springs only, you can drop off your household hazardous waste at the Weibel Avenue Ice Rink on October 26th from 8 am until noon. You must register by October 11 for the Household Hazardous Waste Day, which you can do at www.saratoga-springs.org or call 518-587-3550, ext. 2623 for more information. 

Got tires? The Saratoga County Soil & Water Conservation District is holding another tire recycling event on Tuesday, October 29 from 4 pm until 6 pm behind the Malta Town Court Offices, 2538 Route 9 in Malta. Open to Saratoga County residents and registration in advance is required. Cost: $5 each for tires with rims; $3 each for tires without rims. You can find more details here.

Click here for a copy of our Reuse, Repair, Recycle guide, a directory of local donation, recycling, and repair options.

Saratoga Recycles Day Frequently Asked Questions:

We’re collecting the following items:

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

Metal Objects: basketball hoops, grills, metal lawn care equipment, etc. for scrap metal recycling

Bicycles: Bikes

Eye Glasses & Hearing Aids

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 & Art Supplies: fabrics, yarn, craft paper, frames, buttons, canvas, scissors, thread, craft books, patterns, stamps, jewelry supplies, art supplies and materials. 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 or post it on FreeCycle.
  • 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 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) men’s jeans, work boots, hoodies, rain jackets, towels, twin sheets, and blankets for Backstretch; 2) sleeping bags and backpacks for Shelters of Saratoga; 3) art supplies, fabric, and notions for Her Treasure Box; 4) eyeglasses and hearing aids for the Saratoga Springs Lions Club; 5) clothing and textiles for American Clothing Company; 6) bicycles for Bikeatoga & Backstretch; and 7) electronics, appliances, and metal objects, including TVs and monitors ($20 each for 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, work boots, rain jackets, towels, twin sheets 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: Donated items will be used by Her Treasure Box, a creative arts thrift store.
  • Eyeglasses and Hearing Aids: Items will be donated to the Saratoga Springs Lions Club.
  • Appliances, Electronics, and Scrap Metal: Donated items will be recycled/repurposed by JGS Recycling (Albany, NY).
  • Adult Bicycles: Bikes in decent condition will be refurbished by Bikeatoga or given to B.E.S.T. All other bikes are available for free to the public during the event and any leftover bikes will be recycled as scrap metal.
  • Children’s bikes: Kids grow out of their bikes quickly, so we are happy to have people come to the parking lot during the event to take a children’s bike for free.

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 and look for a bike that you can take home for free.