Thank you for another great event. Check back in summer 2021, when we start to plan for our Fall 2021 event.

Saturday, October 24, 2020 from 9 AM-12 PM

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 fourth Saratoga Recycles Day this October. This annual 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. We hope to see you this year, so start saving your unwanted items for us!

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

  • There will be a $5 entrance fee per vehicle (cash or check only).
  • We will be collecting TVs and monitors for an additional fee of $20 per item (limit 4 per vehicle).
  • Please bring exact change to limit physical contact and the exchange of money.
  • MASKS are REQUIRED for both volunteers and participants dropping off items (even in your vehicle).
  • 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 additional COVID-related safety measures to protect both the public and our volunteers, so please check back for additional instructions.

WE ARE COLLECTING THE FOLLOWING ITEMS:

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

Backpacks, Sleeping Bags & Gently Used Tents for Shelters of Saratoga

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.

Art Supplies for Transitional Services Association: Clean and useable materials only! New or gently used canvases, artists’ paint brushes, painting tools, large frames (11×14 and larger), framing tools, easels, mats & mat boards (any size), art paper (drawing, painting, sketch pads – any size). Also collecting useable pastels and oil paints.

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

Cell Phones & Chargers for Wellspring

Bicycles for Bikeatoga

Electronics & Appliances for Recycling: Refrigerators, stoves, washers, dryers, microwaves, dishwashers, 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 or thermostats.

Televisions & Monitors: We WILL be accepting TVs and monitors again this year, for an additional fee of $20 each, and a limit of 4 per vehicle.

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

Batteries: NEW! We will be accepting batteries, including alkaline, at this event for recycling

WE CANNOT ACCEPT THE FOLLOWING ITEMS:

  • Pillows
  • Carpeting
  • Rugs with rubber backing
  • 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, 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 these 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.
  • Art Supplies: Clean, usable materials only! New or gently used canvases, artists’ paint brushes, painting tools, large frames (11×14 and larger), framing tools, easels, mats & mat boards (any size), art paper (drawing, painting, sketch pads – any size). Also collecting useable pastels and oil paints.
  • Eyeglasses, Sunglasses & Hearing Aids
  • Cell Phones & Chargers
  • Bicycles
  • Electronics & AppliancesRefrigerators, stoves, washers, dryers, microwaves, dishwashers, 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 or thermostats. 
  • TVs & Monitors: We WILL be accepting TVs and monitors this year, for a charge of $20 each, and a limit of 4 per vehicle.
  • Metal Objects: basketball hoops, grills, metal lawn care equipment, etc. for scrap metal recycling
  • Batteries: including alkaline batteries

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. B.E.S.T. (Backstretch) – men’s work clothes, including jeans, work boots, hoodies, jackets, rain jackets, work gloves, heavy socks;
  2. Shelters of Saratoga – sleeping bags, backpacks & gently used tents;
  3. American Clothing Company – any clothing items and textiles;
  4. Transitional Services Association – art supplies (see list);
  5. Saratoga Springs Lions Club – eyeglasses, sunglasses and hearing aids (no cases);
  6. Wellspring – cell phones & chargers;
  7. Bikeatoga – bicycles; and
  8. Electronics, appliances, batteries, and metal objects. Note that TVs & monitors are an additional $20 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 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, 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. 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. 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.

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, gloves, and heavy socks will be donated to B.E.S.T. to benefit backstretch workers at the Saratoga racetrack. Backpacks, sleeping bags & gently used tents 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.
  • Art Supplies: Donated items will be used by Transitional Services Association.
  • Eyeglasses and Hearing Aids: Items will be donated to the Saratoga Springs Lions Club.
  • Cell phones & Chargers: Donated phones will be used by Wellspring.
  • Appliances, Electronics, Batteries 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. 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.