For a $5 donation, North Brooklyn residents are invited to drop off their unwanted electronics, shoes, books, toys, phones and even unused bicycles. Donated items are put on display for participants at the exchange to take home.
Rose Li, 19, came from Staten Island to volunteer at the Greencylce Swap at Ascension Church on Java Street near Manhattan Avenue on Saturday afternoon.
“If you want to give something away because you have no more use for them, someone else might have a use for them,” Li explained. “It definitely takes a lot of the items that are reusable away from the trash bins, so if you can’t use your old pots and pans, someone else might.”
Li is soon to take the reigns as the swap’s organizer, and plans to further promote the importance of recycling in the city.
“Especially since the city spends a lot of money in order to hire more garbage trucks to bring away more discarded junk, recycling’s a very important part of saving money and saving the environment,” she said.
Agnes Krukowska, the current swap coordinator, said not every item is claimed, but that the Vietnam Veterans of America organization come by at the end to take the leftover items to the Salvation Army and toter groups.
“I like that we are all-out recycling, and I don’t like wasting stuff,” she said.
Jenifer Rosenberg volunteered at the February swap at Greepoint Shul at 108 Noble St., and is enthusiastic about the growing turnout from each event.
“Swaps are really great because it allows people to de-clutter their apartments,” Rosenberg said. “It lets people get rid of things they don’t want, come in and get things that they do, and that way people can get things that they need and things they now don’t have to buy.”
Rosenberg walked away from the swap with bag full of new running shoes, an unopened container of baby wipes and a number of kitchen appliances.
“Everything I’m wearing right now came from the swap,” she said. “My shoes, my jacket, my shirt and my pants; I am a retailer's worst nightmare.”
The April Greencycle Swap will be held on Saturday, April 9, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Williamsburg Beacon, 850 Grand Street.