Load OUT!
A Reuse and Repurposing RIOT

Saturday, April 26, 2014

11 East 3rd Street
Between Bowery and 2nd Avenue

FREE E-Waste & Clothing/Textile Collection:
By Lower East Side Ecology Center and GrowNYC / Wearable Collections, April 26 @ 12-3PM.

Admission to Load OUT!:
FREE admission for artists and art students
$5 for the general public

At Load OUT!, enjoy an afternoon of repurposing and recycling that showcases creative thinking about sustainability and the arts!

GET: Take home all the donated costumes, props, and furniture you can carry-bring bags and carts to transport your findings, if necessary. The general public will be charged a $5 entrance fee to participate. Artists participate for FREE.

Whatever you decide to take away with you is FREE of charge.

GIVE: Drop off clothing, textile and e-waste at community collections - open and free for everyone. A full list of accepted donations is available below. Call 212-228-4670 ASAP or email LoadOUT@fabnyc.org to schedule an early donation.
Donate to Load OUT!
FABnyc will receive donated goods by appointment ONLY on Friday, April 25th from 10AM-6PM. Limited item pick-up may also be available. To schedule a drop off or pick up, please send an itemized list of the materials you wish to donate to loadout@fabnyc.org.

All materials must be clean and in immediately reusable condition, requiring little or no repair, including costumes, furniture, small appliances, kitchen cabinetry, e-waste, metal desks, or large set pieces.

Items we CANNOT ACCEPT at Load OUT!:
  • beds or bedding
  • pianos
  • lead based paint
  • toxic chemicals
  • food
  • broken glass
  • rusted metal
  • building materials that have screws, nails or glue still attached
  • slabs of marble
  • uncrated glass
  • rusty or broken furniture
  • filing cabinets
  • large appliances: refrigerators, microwaves, or air conditioners
  • wood flats
If you have questions, or to schedule your drop-off, please call 212.228.4670 or email loadout@fabnyc.org.
Further Information on Donating
FABnyc will only issue tax-deductible letters to groups requesting letters in advance of their drop-off. All groups donating to Load OUT! will be listed as “donors” to the Load OUT! event on FABnyc’s website. If you wish to give anonymously, please let FABnyc know when you drop off. If you bring an item to drop off that we cannot accept because it endangers our staff or space, we will ask that you take it away. Please contact us in advance if you have questions about an item’s suitability.

Textiles acceptable for drop-off are clean and dry clothing, paired shoes, bedding, linens, hats, handbags, belts, fabric scraps 36”x36” or larger—all of which will be sorted for reuse or recycling through Wearable Collections. For more info click here.

E-waste acceptable for drop-off is computers, monitors, fax machines, copiers, televisions, DVD players, VCRS, radios & stereos, telephones, digital cameras, printers, scanners, keyboards & peripherals, cell phones, remote controls, tape players, answering machines, electric typewriters, game systems, pagers, and batteries (AA, AAA, C, D, etc.). All e-waste collected will be safely and responsibly recycled by Lower East Side Ecology Center. For more info click here.

Other Commonly Asked Questions:
1)    How will I transport my items away?
For small items, see our “How To Be a Good Salvager” info below. For furniture–sized items, FABnyc will have the names and numbers of reliable car services on hand. Please be ready with cash to pay car services.

2)    Why are we charging the general public an entrance fee?
FABnyc has no direct funding for this program and is taking on all costs of this event including liability insurance, disposal of what is not taken, staffing, collection, promotion, and partnerships. This small entrance fee will help cover those costs.

3)    What happens to items that are not taken away?
FABnyc is partnering with various reuse, recycling, and salvage groups to make sure that anything not taken away by individuals during Load OUT! will be picked up and properly recycled or disposed of later in the week.

How to Be a Good Salvager:
•    Be prepared to take away small items. Bring bags, rolling carts, tape, and string to make carrying away your items easier.
•    If you are in search of a big item, please either arrange to have transportation for that item available that day or research other options such as ZipCar or car services in the area.
•    Keep your mind open. Most items require a little love to be perfect, so as a good salvager use your imagination to see what something could become.

More about Load OUT!:
Started in 2010, Load OUT! establishes a local distribution spot for organizations and businesses to share materials they no longer need with artists, while providing free responsible recycling opportunities to the community at large. Since the program began, nearly 46 tons have been diverted from the waste stream. Load OUT! is a part of FABnyc's comprehensive SUSTAIN program and resource sharing initiatives that explore creative solutions to the complex challenge of urban and artistic sustainability.

We’d especially like to thank our sponsors and partners for helping make this event possible: Film Biz Recycling, GrownNYC, Lower East Side Ecology Center, Wearable Collections, Rockefeller Foundation Cultural Innovation Fund, Con Edison, Eileen Fisher, Duo Multicultural Arts Center, and Rod Rodgers Dance Company.

For more images from our last Load OUT! event click here!

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