SPAC Parking Lot, west side of Route 50

Sponsored by Sustainable Saratoga

Re-purpose unwanted household items. Protect the environment. Help the community.

We are excited to host our fifth annual Saratoga Recycles Day this October. This popular community event is planned and run by Sustainable Saratoga’s amazing volunteers, and we thank them for their dedication to this effort.

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. In 2019, we completely redesigned our traffic flow to reduce wait times and vehicle idling, and added new non-profit partners to increase our positive impact on both the environment and our community. In 2020, we were elated to be able to safely hold this event during the COVID pandemic. This year, we have added new community partners to collect even more items and keep them out of the landfill. Start saving your unwanted items for us!

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

  • There will be a $5 entrance fee per vehicle (cash or check only).
  • We will collect TVs and monitors for an additional $30 fee per item (limit 4 per vehicle).
  • Please bring exact change to limit physical contact and the exchange of money.
  • Please sort your items according to the drop-off stations listed below to limit physical contact between you and our volunteers.
  • We are working on COVID-related safety measures to protect both the public and our volunteers, so please check back for additional instructions closer to October 2.

WE ARE COLLECTING THE FOLLOWING ITEMS:

Eyeglasses & Hearing Aids for the Saratoga Lions Club: sunglasses, eyeglasses, hearing aids in any condition. NO cases please.

Cell Phones with Chargers for Wellspring

Farm Tools for Pitney Meadows Community Farm: Hand tools (good condition), watering cans, hoses, sprinklers, soaker hoses, garden hose attachments, hoes, spades, metal rakes, etc. No Motorized Tools (i.e., lawn mowers, edgers, weed whackers)

Musical Instruments for We Are Instrumental (any condition): Woodwind and brass instruments: flutes, oboes, clarinets, bassoons, saxophones, trumpets french horns, trombones, baritones and tubas. String instruments: violins, violas, cellos, basses. Any condition. No pianos or drum sets.

Clothing & Shoes for B.E.S.T.: men’s work clothing, including jeans, hoodies, jackets, boots, work shoes, backpacks for backstretch workers.

Children’s Clothing, Backpacks & Reusable Bags for The Domestic Violence Project of Warren & Washington Counties (clean, new or gently used): backpacks, grocery bags, tote bags, children’s clothes size 2t to 10/12

Clothing & Household Textiles for American Clothing Company (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 for Bikeatoga: Adult bikes, 20- and 24-inch mountain bikes. No helmets; no kids’ bikes

Electronics & Small Appliances for Recycling: microwaves, toasters, blenders, coffee machines, hot plates, cable or satellite receivers, audio/visual equipment, phones, computers & accessories, printers, VCRs, DVD players, video game systems, wiring & cables, etc. NO smoke detectors, thermostats, large appliances or batteries.

Televisions & Monitors for Recycling: We WILL be accepting TVs and monitors again this year, for an additional $30 fee, with a limit of 4 per vehicle.

Metal Objects for Recycling: basketball hoops, grills, unusable bikes, metal lawn care equipment, etc. for scrap metal recycling. No large appliances.

WE CANNOT ACCEPT THE FOLLOWING ITEMS:

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

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.

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.

Saratoga Recycles Day Frequently Asked Questions:

We’re collecting the following items:

  • 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.
  • Eyeglasses, Sunglasses & Hearing Aids
  • Cell Phones with Chargers
  • Adult Bicycles & 20- and 24-inch mountain bikes (no helmets; no other kids’ bikes)
  • Musical Instruments (any condition): Woodwind and brass instruments: flutes, oboes, clarinets, bassoons, saxophones, trumpets french horns, trombones, baritones and tubas. String instruments: violins, violas, cellos, basses. Any condition. No pianos or drum sets.
  • Farm Tools: Hand tools (good condition), watering cans, hoses, sprinklers, soaker hoses, garden hose attachments, hoes, spades, metal rakes, etc. No Motorized Tools (i.e., lawn mowers, edgers, weed whackers)
  • Electronics & Small AppliancesMicrowaves, toasters, blenders, coffee machines, hot plates, cable or satellite receivers, audio/visual equipment, phones, computers & accessories, printers, VCRs, DVD players, video game systems, wiring & cables, etc. NO smoke detectors, batteries or thermostats. 
  • TVs & Monitors: We WILL be accepting TVs and monitors this year, for an additional $30 fee, and a limit of 4 per vehicle.
  • Metal Objects: basketball hoops, grills, metal lawn care equipment, etc. for scrap metal recycling (no large appliances)
YES, PLEASE! To keep traffic flowing and minimize physical contact between people and with materials, please sort your item by the major collection stations. There will be “stations” set up in the parking lot:

  1. Saratoga Springs Lions Club – eyeglasses, sunglasses and hearing aids (no cases);
  2. Wellspring – cell phones with chargers;
  3. Pitney Meadows Community Farm farm/gardening tools
  4. We Are Instrumental – musical instruments
  5. B.E.S.T. (Backstretch) – men’s work clothes, including jeans, work boots, hoodies, jackets, rain jackets, backpacks;
  6. Domestic Violence Project of Warren & Washington Countiesclean, new or gently used backpacks, grocery bags, tote bags, children’s clothes size 2t to 10/12
  7. American Clothing Company – any clothing items and textiles;
  8. Bikeatoga – adult bicycles, 20- and 24-inch mountain bikes; and
  9. Electronics, small appliances, and metal objects. Note that TVs & monitors are an additional $30 each, limit 4 per vehicle.

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 Please 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.

  • 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 unwanted items still have 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, save it for our next Repair Cafe 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 again this year. In the last two years, we have collected over 1000 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, and the cost to our organization increases every year. 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 need to offset this cost. This is the first time in four years that we have had to raise the charge for participants wishing to recycle TVs or monitors.

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.

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 work clothes, including jeans, hoodies, work boots, rain jackets, jackets, and backpacks will be donated to B.E.S.T. to benefit backstretch workers at the Saratoga racetrack. Children’s clothing, backpacks and reusable bags will be donated to the Domestic Violence Shelter of Warren & Washington Counties. 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.
  • Eyeglasses and Hearing Aids: Items will be donated to the Saratoga Springs Lions Club.
  • Cell phones with Chargers: Donated phones will be used by Wellspring.
  • Farm and gardening tools will be used by Pitney Meadows Community Farm.
  • Musical instruments will be used repaired and given new life by We Are Instrumental.
  • Small Appliances, Electronics and Scrap Metal: Donated items will be recycled/repurposed by Planit Salvage and eLot Recycling.
  • Adult Bicycles: Bikes in decent condition will be refurbished by Bikeatoga. Any unrepairable bikes will be recycled as scrap metal.

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.