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Big Reuse

aka Big Reuse   |   Brooklyn, NY   |  www.bigreuse.org

Mission

Big Initiatives and Big Reuse are formed to protect the environment, reduce climate change and conserve natural resources and energy through community based zero waste initiatives. Big Initiatives and Big Reuse will achieve this charitable purpose of environmental protection through operations of a reuse center, community composting network, environmental education and outreach, and green job training.

Ruling year info

2016

Executive Director

Justin Green

Main address

1 12th Street

Brooklyn, NY 11215-3108 USA

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EIN

46-5083170

NTEE code info

Recycling (C27)

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Big Reuse Center

We have a warehouse full of building materials, furniture, homegoods, books and more and serve everyone from contractors and interior design professionals to renters. Reuse treasures abound in our aisles. Shop for beauty. Shop for quality. Shop for the environment!

Population(s) Served
Adults

Big Reuse partners with the Department of Sanitation’s NYC Compost Project , an urban community-scaled composting network. Big Reuse operates 2 urban compost producing sites: Queensbridge Community Composting site and Gowanus Salt Lot Composting site. We also run a network of 75+ community food scrap drop offs. These are associated with community gardens and NYC Parks. The compost we produce is given back to community gardens, NYC Parks and individuals. We provide technical assistance, education opportunities, and outreach to community groups.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Curbside Composting Outreach Team, in partnership with the Department of Sanitation is promoting awareness of New York City’s efforts to have all residents save their food scraps at home and put them in a special compost bin for pick-up once a week by Sanitation.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

US Composting Council Award for Composter of the Year-Small Scale 2020

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total weight of materials recycled

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Big Reuse Center

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Through resale, Big Reuse diverted 1MM lbs of goods from the landfill. We sold 28,000 pieces of clothing, 25,000 books, 4,400 records, 87,000 home good items, 4,000 pieces of furniture.

Total Compost Production

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

NYC Compost Project Hosted by Big Reuse

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Big Reuse operates 2 urban-scaled composting sites. In FY 22 we took in over 2.3 MM lbs of organics and produced 1,054 cubic yards of compost that was given back to community groups and NYC parks.

Total Curbside Composting Outreach

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Curbside Composting Outreach

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The Team promotes awareness of curbside composting. They engaged 60,000 New Yorkers at community events, canvassed over 11,000 homes, coordinated 900 events, and gave out 7,000 1 lb bags of compost.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Big Reuse advances New York City’s sustainable urban environment through circular economy programs that divert waste from our landfills and reduce greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere. We pursue our work through reuse and transformation. The Big Reuse Center takes in tens of thousands of donated items that are resold and kept in use by thousands of new owners, keeping them out of the landfill. Through the NYC Compost Project and Curbside Composting Outreach we help New Yorkers sustain city-wide composting programs that collect food scraps and turn them into compost used to enrich soil across New York City and strengthen our green infrastructure against climate change.

Financials

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Big Reuse

Board of directors
as of 05/08/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Kate Grossman

Noah Leff

The Overbrook Foundation

Christine A. Coletta

Hirschen Singer & Epstein LLP

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Studio & Projects

Josh Treuhaft

Apple

Justin Green

Big Reuse

Elizabeth Aceituno

World Wildlife Fund

Althea Erickson

Rustle Lab at Center for Cultural Innovation

Tishya Ballaney

S&P Global

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 9/6/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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