Open 7 Days a Week

10am - 6pm

Big Reuse Queens

3-17 26th Ave. Astoria, NY 11102
718-777-0132 x2

Big Reuse Brooklyn

69 9th St. Gowanus, NY 11215
718-725-8925 x2

Volunteer Events and Tours

Want to lend a hand? Big Reuse can always use help diverting material from landfills. Find out more about upcoming volunteer opportunities at NYC Cares.

For more information contact Volunteers must be 18 or older.


Sort, Measure, and Move at our Warehouses

Join Big Reuse and New York Cares as we tackle the latest donations at our Reuse Centers. Events are scheduled at our Astoria warehouse on the first Sunday of every month and in Gowanus every other Thursday. Please wear workboots or closed toe shoes and clothes that you don't mind getting a bit dirty. Projects range from sorting and measuring salvaged doors, to de-nailing reclaimed lumber, to sorting paint donations. RSVP via NYC Cares

Tree Care Workdays

Learn how to keep trees happy and healthy with the NYC Compost Project hosted by Big Reuse! Help prepare local tree beds during the fall and winter. We’ll weed, cultivate, and amend tree beds with locally made compost and mulch to help them thrive in our urban environment. We'll provide gloves, tools, snacks and tree care know-how! All ages welcome at tree care events. Youth under 18 must be accompanied by an adult to sign safety waiver.  Please wear clothes suitable for gardening work and closed-toed shoes. For more information or to RSVP, please email

Compost Site Tours

The NYC Compost Project hosted by Big Reuse turns residential food scraps and NYC Parks leaves and wood chip into compost to rebuild our urban soils! We would love to give your group a tour of our site in Queensbridge Baby Park (Queens Plaza South at 10th Street, Long Island City, NY). To book a tour, contact us at Check out for more information about the NYC Compost Project.


Our Food Scrap Drop-off program serviced 1000 households per week in 2015!

The greenhouse gas emissions prevented by our diversion efforts is equivalent to saving 360,000 gallons of gasoline!

Our Big Gives Back program has given away $300,000 worth of materials benefiting NYC's community and environment.

Our Big Blooms program has given away 5,345 pieces of retired lumber to build 2,226 garden beds in over 1,269 community and school gardens.

We processed 765,477 pounds of food scraps and accepted 237,554 pounds of wood chips and leaf matter in 2015! That's over 1 million pounds of organic material diverted from landfills!