Hundreds Attend Sustainable Saratoga’s Third Saratoga Recycles Day
SARATOGA SPRINGS – Sustainable Saratoga’s third annual Saratoga Recycles Day was a huge success. Almost 500 vehicles came to recycle or repurpose their broken or unwanted items. With a newly designed traffic pattern, vehicles moved through the stations quickly and wait times were minimal. 380 TVs and monitors were dropped off, contributing to the over 27 thousand pounds of electronics that will be responsibly recycled and kept out of the landfill.
Ann Samuelson, Co-Chair of Sustainable Saratoga’s Zero Waste Committee said, “Some folks told us they save up their items all year long just waiting for this event.” Saratoga really does RECYCLE!
Art Holmberg, Chair of Sustainable Saratoga wants to thank the more than forty volunteers who helped plan and staff this event. “We could not pull off an event like this without our awesome volunteers. It takes months of planning by our Zero Waste Committee in addition to the event staff volunteers.”
In addition to reducing what ends up in the landfill, another goal of the event is to help other local non-profit organizations collect items that they can reuse or repurpose for a good cause. This year, participants included American Clothing, Shelters of Saratoga, B.E.S.T., Bikeatoga, the Lions Club and Her Treasure Box.
The Prospect Center received several truckloads of donated clothing and textiles from American Clothing. Carloads of donated fabric, art supplies, and other notions will be put to good use by Her Treasure Box, a thrift store where proceeds are used to raise awareness of human trafficking in the community. Shelters of Saratoga collected 55 sleeping bags and 48 backpacks and duffle bags that will be used to help many people this coming winter. Over 700 items, including sheets, blankets, men’s clothing, and 14 adult bikes were donated to B.E.S.T. to benefit the backstretch workers at the Saratoga Racetrack. Thirty-eight bikes are heading to Bikeatoga’s workshop to keep them busy refurbishing bikes for a little while!
Sustainable Saratoga is grateful for the generosity of our community and their desire to make sustainable choices. It is never too early to save your “junk” for them in 2020.