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Share Books

Set up a little free library in your building’s laundry, office break room or other public space.

Share Umbrellas

Hotels keep a stash of umbrellas with the doorman. Keep a few at your own front door or lobby.

Share Skills

Get stuff fixed at neighborhood repair events hosted by Fixers’ Collective or Popup Repair.

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Swap Locally

Pick up some books, housewares and other articles at GrowNYC’s free community Stop ‘n’ Swap events. Northampton, Mass. has an entire ‘ReCenter‘ Swap Shop.


Openly gift items from the re-gift bag. Better yet, throw a re-gift party like this one.  Celebrate National Re-gifting Day with office-mates.

Pool Leftovers

What’s left over from last night’s supper can delight a neighbor tonight. Learn more.

Borrow/ Lend Zero Waste NYC

Create a Sharing Closet

Let fellow building residents borrow vacuum cleaners, ironing boards and more.

Borrow Things from the Libe

The South Street Seaport has a free tool lending library. The Queens Library lends men’s ties to job seekers. (Philly’s got a tool libe and a tie libe, too.)

Lend Stuff to Neighbors

Join Nextdoor.com, a new website that links neighbors by zip code, even block by block or by building — and let the borrowing and lending begin.

Donate Zero Waste NYC

Donate Stuff to Worthy Causes

Find out how to donate to Goodwill, Salvation Army, United War Veterans Council, and more at DonateNYC.

Donate Art Supplies, Coats & Food

Donate to New York Cares, Materials for the Arts, and MoveforHunger.

Donate Stuff Right in Your Building

Drop-off clothing and textiles in a RefashionNYC box. Help out HousingWorks, too.

Gift / Give Away Zero Waste NYC

Start a Free Stuff Box

Repurpose a carton in your building’s laundry, lobby or other public space — let residents ‘take’ and ‘leave’.

Give Food Away

Little free pantries and community refrigerators are popping up in Europe — why not NYC?

Join a Gift Economy

Free Your Stuff NYC: Queens & Brooklyn, has over 300 members and growing.

Let us at WeHateToWaste help you get started

Spreading the word about the power to share is how we at WeHateToWaste fulfill our mission: change consumption culture through the prism of Zero Waste. This guide focuses on our hometown of New York City — but everyone, everywhere can get inspired by these ideas. And please share with us what you’re doing in your city.


Big hearty thanks to the folks who helped create this page: Alexandra Cazeils, Kimberly Cionca Sebesanu, Caitlin Harrington-Smith, Karen Jackson, Lili Guia, Shawn Dorman

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