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Posted on: May 23, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Mayor Kathy Sheehan and Department of General Services Announce New Waste Reduction & Reuse Program


ALBANY, NY – Mayor Kathy Sheehan, Department of General Services Commissioner Sergio Panunzio, and Deputy Commissioner Frank Zeoli have announced a new waste reduction and reuse program that aims to reduce what ends up in the City’s Rapp Road Landfill.

The recycling symbol consists of three arrows, and each arrow represents a different aspect of the recycling process. The first arrow represents the concept of reduce, the second represents reuse, and the third represents recycle. In 2021, the City of Albany announced its Waste Less, Recycling More campaign that established two sides of the triangle. To establish the third side of the triangle – reuse – the City of Albany is proud to announce Drop It - Swap It

Drop It - Swap It is a free community event where the public's invited to bring clean, reusable, portable items such as clothing, housewares, games, books, & toys that you no longer need, and take home something new-to-you, free! Residents do not have to bring something to take something.

Drop It - Swap It will be held on Saturday, June 24th from 12pm to 4pm at the Metropolitan Baptist Church located at 105 Second Street, Albany, 12210. The event is open to the public. 

Item swaps are a key pillar of sustainability by extending the life cycle of household items, reducing the demand for textiles and other items, and diverting them from landfills – all to help reduce climate change and protect our environment.

More information is available by visiting our website at More events will be scheduled in the future.

The Department of General Services will introduce tools and resources over the next year that residents of the City of Albany can use to lead a more sustainable life by reducing the amount of waste they create and establishing habits that will encourage reuse.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan said, “My administration is committed to doing everything we can to help protect the environment by reducing waste and encouraging reuse and recycling, and this initiative is yet another example of that commitment in action. Thank you to Commissioner Panunzio, Deputy Commissioner Zeoli, and the entire team at the Department of General Services for their tireless efforts to help keep our City beautiful while also helping promoting sustainability.”

Department of General Services Commissioner Sergio Panunzio said, “We are excited to introduce this new event that will not only help divert items from the Landfill but will also help promote a sense of community and provide a free way for residents to get items they need.



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