A nonprofit program of Community Environmental Center.

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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

BIG!Gives Back

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


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

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.

Donate, don't dump!

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

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

Tree Guard Clinic Huge Success!

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The Tree Guard Clinic rocked out all morning long this last Saturday. All I can say is: Wow and thanks for the memories!

Marc "The Guard" Dreyfus (http://brooklynshade.org) led a great clinic with the help of the reasonable and gracious folks from Green Shores NYC (http://www.greenshoresnyc.org) for about twenty people.

There was coffee, bagels and a cool slide show/instructional lecture from Marc on the do's and dont's of building great tree guards to begin, then we all went off and actually built a tree guard down the street for a young tree.

Not only was the event super informative, it was a great way for tree lovers to meet each other and answer questions about the trees of NYC.

Our huge thanks to Marc and to Christie, Katie, Chris and the others who helped set up and run it. Look for future workshops soon!