Thursday, June 18, 2015

Terracycle starts Wednesday July 8th!

More Recycling Opportunities Starting Wednesday July 8th!

The vote is in and members at the May GM unanimously voted to create workshifts to collect a variety of hard to recycle packaging in partnership with TerraCycle.

We will start collections in July. The 2nd Wednesday of the month (JULY 8th) and 4th Saturday of the month (JULY 25th). Collections will be open to members and non-members.

These will be our regular collection days to start:
  • Wednesdays 4 to 6pm
  • Saturdays 2 to 4 pm.  
Please see below for details of what we are collecting. Looking forward to your participation.

Questions or interested in changing your current workshift to a Terracycle workshift on Wednesday?  Please contact

PSFC—TerraCycle Recycling Collections
When: 2nd Wednesday of the month 4 to 6pm, 4th Saturday of the month 2 to 4pm

Where: Outside in front of the Coop (weather permitting - otherwise, inside during inclement weather)

What to bring:
  1. Toothpaste tubes, any brand and size (toothbrushes okay too)
  2. Baby food pouches and caps (any brand)
  3. Energy bar wrappers (any brand but only energy bars—no other wrappers please)
  4. Brita filters (other filter brands okay) plus other Brita filter related
  5. Plastic food storage zip lock bags (any size), plastic cling wrap, and small bulk bags (PLEASE NO PLASTIC ROLL BAGS OR SHOPPING
  6. Cereal bag and cracker bag liners or bulk cereal bags (any brand)

Monday, May 18, 2015

MAY 26th The TerraCycle Vote happens at General Meeting. Come and Vote!


What is Terracycle?

TerraCycle is a highly-awarded, international upcycling and recycling company that collects difficult-to-recycle packaging and products, that would otherwise be destined for landfills, and repurposes the material into affordable, innovative products. More than just a recycling company, TerraCycle strives to be a driving force behind increasing environmental awareness and action. Their goal is to be a trusted resource for families, schools, communities, and corporations to find tips, stats, facts. TerraCycle is widely considered the world’s leader in the collection and reuse of non-recyclable, post-consumer waste. You can go to their website at to learn more about them.


On May 26th at The Park Slope Food Coop's General Meeting the vote to bring TerraCycle to the Coop will happen. Show up and make your voice heard.

Here is the report and proposal that will be voted on.

Environmental Committee Report
By Rosemary Calderon
The Environmental Committee brings you more opportunities for recycling: PSFC partnering with TerraCycle.

In January, February and March the Environmental Committee held three recycling waste collections to introduce coop members to the TerraCycle program for free collection of waste currently not accepted by New York City recycling.  Over the 3 months, awareness of the collection spread and participation grew larger each time. Members asked for more ongoing collections.  The message is clear: Coop members are committed to recycling! 

The next step is to weave these collections into the fabric of our coop lifestyle by creating ongoing monthly collections by way of instituting a minimum of two work shifts per month; three work shifts if there is enough demand.  Each work shift will have a minimum of 3 work slots.  Advancing these collections to regular monthly work shifts can only happen if coop members vote in favor of creating these monthly work shifts at the upcoming General Meeting. 

How does it work?

The PSFC signs up for what are called TerraCycle “brigades.”   These brigades are non-contractual and free to join. TerraCycle provides free shipping labels for the collected packaging materials to be sent to them. The coop incurs no fees to participate in any of the brigades.

Exactly what sorts of waste are we collecting?

Currently the EC is focusing on the following Brigades: 

1) Cling plastic wrap, plastic sandwich bags and all sizes of zip lock plastic storage bags--This will allow us to recycle not only the regular plastic sandwich and larger storage bags, but more importantly, the small plastic bulk bags (though NOT the larger roll bags or shopping bags) and cling wrap, for example, used on bulk cheese.  The bags and cling wrap do not have to be cleaned and the pricing sticker can remain on the small bulk bags and cling wrap.

2) Baby food pouches and caps—any brand

3) Cereal bag liners—these are the liners that come in cereal boxes, cracker boxes, the larger bulk cereal bags not in boxes, and similar such liners

4) Energy bar wrappers—any brand

5) Toothpaste tubes---any brand

6) Brita water filters and any part having to do with a Brita Water Filter system—other water filter brands are also accepted

How does this benefit coop members?

The benefit to coop members is intrinsic in that it provides us the well-being of keeping more waste out of the landfill. Additionally, once our waste is received and checked in to the TerraCycle facility, the PSFC will be credited with any TerraCycle points we may have earned for our waste. TerraCycle points can be redeemed for a variety of charitable gifts, or a payment of $0.01 per point is made to non-profit organization or school of our choice. We would direct any funds raised to non-profit projects/organizations currently supported by the Coop—the soup kitchen, environmental efforts, and supporting the establishment of more food coops.

We look for your support to establish ongoing work shifts for monthly collections with a vote at the upcoming General Meeting.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

HAPPY EARTH DAY! Join us Sunday April 26th from 10am to 4pm

Happy Earth Day! Please join the Park Slope Food Coop's Environmental Committee at our Earth Day table on SUNDAY APRIL 26th from 10AM- 4PM in front of Coop. Join us and learn about ways to reduce waste while shopping for your healthy food! See you there!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Sierra Club's Beyond Coal NY campaign kick-off!

Tuesday, March 24th
Community Church of NY
40 East 35th St.

Join the Sierra Club's Beyond Coal NY State effort to put pressure on Cuomo this year to close the remaining coal plants in NY State while making sure the people who live in those towns are taken care of, and putting in place the first offshore wind turbines off Long Island.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Friday, February 06, 2015

Feb. 28th Next TerraCycle Collection at Park Slope Food Coop

Hello Coop Members,
Want to help do your part to keep more waste out of landfills? Here is your second chance to bring items to a TerraCycle Collection. February 28th 2pm-4pm at Park Slope Food Coop. See you there!

Here is what you can bring:

1) Plastic sandwich bags
and small plastic bulk bags (NOT large roll or shopping bags) 
2) Baby food pouches & caps (any brand) 3) Cereal bag liners (plastic liners from cereal, crackers, bulk cereal bags, and similar liners)
4) Energy bar wrappers (any brand)
5) Toothpaste tubes & caps (any brand)
6) Brita water filters & components
NOTE: No need to clean, rinse, or remove stickers.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Coop News: New Video about TerraCycle Collection which begins this Saturday January 24th at 2pm.

See you this Saturday January 24th from 2pm-4pm at Park Slope Food Coop
Watch a new video about this TerraCycle Collection!

Items you can bring:
Snack and Cereal Bags
Energy Bar Wrappers
Baby Food Pouches
Brita Filters, Pitchers and Packaging
Plastic Sandwich Bags
Small Plastic Bulk Bags