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.

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.


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

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

Donate, don't dump!

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

WNYC Looks at Ways to Handle Sandy Debris

(January 15, 2013) WNYC reports that "the destruction from Sandy is expected to leave more than 12 million cubic yards of debris in New York state and New Jersey. The vast majority of it will be taken to landfills." WNYC's reporter, Alec Hamilton, spoke with demolition crews and C&D reuse experts about the clean up from Hurricane Sandy. Listen to the report, including interviews with Justin Green (Build It Green!NYC) and Angie Green (The Green Project in New Orleans).

Hamilton notes that "of the 4.3 million cubic yards picked up in New York State so far, less than 3% has been diverted. The rest is considered construction and demolition, or C&D material." Listen here:

Read the full article here: http://www.wnyc.org/articles/wnyc-news/2013/jan/15/sandy-debris-accumulates-some-question-how-best-handle-it/

Photo Credit: At Jacob Riis Park on the Rockaway Peninsula, a crane sorts some of the 12 million cubic yards of debris generated by Sandy. (Alec Hamilton/WNYC)