Today, it is easier than ever to make the connection between donor and recipient for food or textiles in New York City. The city’s Department of Sanitation is actively working with small businesses and non-profit organizations to make these connections possible and to create more just like it. These efforts are under their organization donateNYC.
DonateNYC had their first NYCxReuse Conference, Expo, and Community Fest event this past June where Stay Blooming was an attendee. The Conference (Q&A panels), Expo (tabling and workshops), and Community Fest (networking) showcased businesses and organizations as well as the work they are actively doing for the reuse community within NYC.
Common things like food/furniture donations and textile reuse were the highlighted topics during panelist Q&As. Both of which will be highlighted here as well since the donateNYC donating system is more efficient and can be used more readily.
Here are the same resources for you!
donateNYC Exchange—The exchange makes it possible for businesses and non-profit organizations to gain access to used items and “exchange” them if you will. The platform connects groups that have unwanted furniture, supplies, cabinets, books, etc. to groups that are looking for those items specifically. Thus maximizing the use out of items/materials before they are scrapped or considered trash.
donateNYC Food Portal—This portal allows users to give away leftover edible food as well as gain access to donated food. This program reduces the amount of organic waste that accumulates in trash or landfills. Thus decreasing the overall amount of organic waste that decomposes and prevents some New Yorkers from going hungry.
DSNY Textile/Clothing Drop-Off—This website serves as a location tool for donating used clothing and textiles drop-off sites. This helps to repurpose the fabrics and scraps that are leftover from making brand new garments as well as reusing fabrics from garments that have lived their life. Thus keeping a good amount of textiles out of the waste stream. Their drop-off map is below.
We can definitely call this an attempt to encourage a circular economy in the big apple. What is a circular economy? It is a system that works towards reducing waste through reuse and maximizing resources. This type of system is great for the environment and can also involve repairing items, investing in eco-friendly infrastructure, improving recycling, upcycling items, reusing parts of an item, and more—all of which to achieve a waste-free way of living.