SARATOGA SPRINGS — Sustainable Saratoga is excited to announce that the fourth annual Saratoga Recycles Day is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 24 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the SPAC overflow parking lot on the west side of Route 50. There will be special COVID-related safety protocols in place this year, so please visit sustainablesaratoga.org/projects/zero-waste/recycles-day/ for full details.
Anyone can participate. There are no residency requirements for this event. The cost is $5 per vehicle fee, plus $20 per television or monitor, with a limit of four televisions per vehicle.
This year, Sustainable Saratoga will accept clothing & textiles, appliances & electronics, including televisions, scrap metal, eyeglasses, hearing aids, bikes, art supplies, sleeping bags, backpacks, clothing, textiles, cell phones, and more. Be sure to visit the Saratoga Recycles Day webpage for complete details so you don’t bring something that is not accepted.
“This is such a popular community event, and we know many people have been cleaning out their homes and garages this summer,” said Wendy Mahaney, Executive Director of Sustainable Saratoga. “We really wanted to find a way to safely hold the event this year, so we have been developing safety protocols over the past few months. We ask that people bring exact change, organize their items by stations to reduce physical contact, and wear their masks while in the parking lot.”
“Over the past three years, we have collected almost 40 tons of electronics – including 1,000 TVs and monitors, almost 25,000 pounds of clothing and textiles, and hundreds of sleeping bags, backpacks, bikes, and other items for other local non-profits like Bikeatoga, Shelters of Saratoga and B.E.S.T.,” said Ann Samuelson, co-chair of Sustainable Saratoga’s Zero Waste Committee. “We want to thank everyone who supports this event, including the many volunteers who help make this event possible.”
Sustainable Saratoga is pleased to be able to provide useful items to area nonprofits at the same time, including the Backstretch Employees Service Team (B.E.S.T.), Bikeatoga, Prospect Child & Family Center, the Saratoga Springs Lions Club, Shelters of Saratoga, Transitional Services Association, and Wellspring.