Queens Reuse Center

3-17 26th Ave. Astoria, NY 11102
718-777-0132 x2
queens@bignyc.org

Brooklyn Reuse Center

69 9th St. Gowanus, NY 11215
718-725-8925 x2
brooklyn@bignyc.org

 

Open Everyday!

Monday 10am-6pm
Tuesday 10am-6pm
Wednesday 10am-6pm
Thursday 10am-6pm
Friday 10am-6pm
Saturday 10am-5pm
Sunday 10am-5pm

 


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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.

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

BIG!Blooms

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.

Green Rooftop Farm Gets Even Greener!

Check out what DNAinfo has to say about Solar Powered Composting!!

Brooklyn Grange's Queens rooftop farm will soon have a finished composting system built by our own BIG!Compost team! Food waste generated from the farm plus Coffeed, the coffee shop on the first floor of the building, will be repurposed and turned into valuable fertilizer for Brooklyn Grange.

Engineered by Peter Moon of O2Compost, the composting system is consisted of 4 wooden bins, each holding about 3.5 cubic yards of materials. The bins are built with removable slates so they can size up or down. Also, plastic pipes with holes that are running along the bottom of the bins will force air into the pile for better and faster decomposition of the waste.

But how is the system powered, you may ask? By the sun! The system has a small solar panel that captures solar energy no matter what the weather's like. After several weeks of decomposition, the compost will be put in a separate pile to be stabilized. Once finished, it will be used for growing better-tasting veggies and herbs!

This article was written by BIG!Compost intern, Sangmin Pak. Photos taken by Mark Carroll.