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

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.


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

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.

Gowanus Opening Monday 11/19

This Monday, 11/19, we will open the Gowanus Reuse Center at 10 am.  Our regular hours will continue there (M-F 10-6, S&S 10-5) from now on.  The phones and internet at Gowanus still don't work, but should be up and running by the middle of next week.   

Gowanus has lots of plumbing supplies, a large number of doors and windows, lighting, some orphan cabinets (no real full sets yet), some appliances, etc.  The furniture that made it through tended to be large, solid non-laminated.  Everything has been cleaned with bleach by our volunteers and staff so it's ready to go.   Come on down and take a look at our new layout too! 


We don't have any volunteer days scheduled right now, but rest assured that there will be some coming up, so stay tuned.  


(Note: Gowanus inventory that was ruined in the flood is still online, so do not consider the Gowanus web inventory to be accurate.  Astoria is still being updated every day.)