Environmental Initiatives


New York City
Stop 'N' Swap


The Stop 'N' Swap program provides the perfect opportunity for New Yorkers to find new homes for things they no longer need. They can also take home items they can use and help to prevent waste from production, packaging and transportation required to get new things.

The Stop 'N' Swap is coordinated by the Office of Recycling Outreach and Education. City residents are encouraged to bring clean, working and portable itemsthey no longer need or come and get something for themselves. Large items that cannot be carried away easily, such as furniture pieces, are not recommended.

Swaps are free of charge and the items are available for taking on a first come, first served basis. People are free to pick up items they can use, and there is no exchange based on how much or how little they bring. Anything left at the end of the day will be sorted and recycled or donated for reuse. Although Stop 'N' Swap does not accept large items, it is still possible to find a new home for them through local charities.


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