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Queens Reuse Center

3-17 26th Ave. Astoria, NY

Brooklyn Reuse Center

69 9th St. Gowanus, NY

Open Everyday!

Mon-Fri 10am-6pm
& Sat-Sun 10am-5pm




has given away 5,345 pieces of retired lumber to build 2,226 garden beds in over 1,269 community and school gardens.

Donate, don't dump!

In 2013, BIG!NYC diverted over 4,000,000 lbs of usable building materials from the landfill!

BIG!Gives Back

has given away $300,000 worth of materials benefiting NYC's community and environment.

BIG! Compost

has diverted 267,230 lbs of food scraps and given away 159,240 lbs of compost and 49,620 lbs of mulch in 2013.

Our diversion rate reduces climate change emission by 3,200 MTCOE which is like saving 360,000 gallons of gasoline.

Donations Acquisitions Internship


  • Compile lists of possible lumber/tree donors & NYC demolition projects
  • Organize donor tracking (do input from forms/organize the files on the computer)
  • Conduct outreach towards that list.
  • Distribute program information.
  • Schedule managers for meetings with possible donors.
  • Establish relationships with businesses to work with our organization/program.
  • Learn more about businesses and perfecting the dialogue for asking for donations.
  • Be able to represent the organization and also explain to donors about benefits of participation.

​Donations internships are available Monday through Friday, 10am-6pm (during reuse center hours).  Donations internship will be based in Astoria, Queens.

How can I apply for a Build It Green!NYC Internship?

Applications will be accepted, and positions filled, on a rolling basis. Applications will be accepted by email only. Include a cover letter, resume, two reference contacts, dates available, and estimated time commitment per week. All internship applicants should indicate the area or areas in which they would like to work; any foreign language skills they have; and whether they have obtained fellowship sponsorship.

Email: donate@bignyc.org with "Donations Acquisitions Internship" in the subject.


This is an unpaid internship.