2 years ago on August 1, 2015, Big Reuse was launched as an independent 501c3 non-profit! We changed our name from Build It Green after our original parent organization shut down. It has been an exciting and intense two years and we have accomplished a lot!
- Organics Outreach — This spring – 16 Big Reuse staff began Outreach for NYC’s Organics Collection program. We have been in many neighborhoods in Brooklyn and the Bronx and will soon be in Queens educating New Yorkers about the Organics Collection as the City expands the Organics Collection to 3.3 million residents by the end of 2017! See if we are going to be in your neighborhood soon. Big Reuse teams will walk almost every block in the outer boroughs to provide outreach for Organics Collection!
- The Compost Project Hosted by Big Reuse composted 1.3 million lbs of food waste and leaves and wood chips from NYC Parks last year. We worked with 725 volunteers and 177 community groups to apply the compost to greening projects throughout the city. Our Outreach Coordinator – Erycka De Jesus – was honored for our work by New Yorkers for Parks Daffodil Project.
- At our Brooklyn and Queens Big Reuse Centers – we divert over 4 million lbs of building materials each year! Through over 20,000 transactions – we saved lots of stuff from the landfill including almost 3,000 chairs, 840 appliances, and this pink tub . We restarted our Big Millworks program to help create products out of reclaimed lumber – check out our new bench below.
We have even more exciting projects ahead this year:
- Constructing and building out a new improved composting large scale site in Queens.
- Starting operations of DSNY build composting site in the Gowanus.
- Starting more community engagement for organics collection throughout the city.
- Continuing to work on building material diversion legislation.
Surviving as community based environmental social enterprise is getting more challenging as New York City rent continues to soar. Please join us a by making a monetary donation to Big Reuse and Big Initiatives to help us continue our environmental work in NYC!