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has given away 5,345 pieces of retired lumber to build 2,226 garden beds in over 1,269 community and school gardens.

BIG! Compost

has diverted 267,230 lbs of food scraps and given away 159,240 lbs of compost and 49,620 lbs of mulch in 2013.

Our diversion rate reduces climate change emission by 3,200 MTCOE which is like saving 360,000 gallons of gasoline.

Donate, don't dump!

In 2013, BIG!NYC diverted over 4,000,000 lbs of usable building materials from the landfill!

BIG!Gives Back

has given away $300,000 worth of materials benefiting NYC's community and environment.

Putting Pedal to the Metal for Compost & Leaf Shredding!

Check out what these cool innovators are doing with used exercise and lawn equipment - turning trash into shredding machines! BIG!Compost used the first prototype of the Folliage Shredder after last fall's Project Leaf Drop collection. If you know of anyone getting ride of exercise bikes or push reel mowers, please pass this along! And if you have any questions, please contact Audrey at


DB Co-op is design / build incubator creating human and alternatively powered vehicles for urban agriculture, goods distribution, and mobile businesses.  We are looking for a set of exercise bicycles and push reel mowers in order to manufacture a production run of about 10 Foliage Shredders that we have successfully prototyped.  The purpose of this machine is to shred dry leaves and twigs in order to speed up the composting process in urban and small-scale settings.  Our design repurposes exercise bicycles and push reel mowers to create a new machine that relies solely on human-power; making shredding a fun, healthy, and community building activity. 

We've worked closely with the Red Hook Community Farm's composting operation and spoken with various urban composters in Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan that would like to incorporate this machine into their composting routine.  Their goal is to process more organic matter and divert as much usable waste from our landfills while refraining from using non-renewable resources.  We feel the same way, which is why we are asking for your help to be on the lookout for the following machines.

The Exerbikes:

We are looking for a set of 5-20 exercise bicycles of the same make and model.  The types we prefer are as follows:  Schwinn XR-7, Schwinn Exerciser, and Tunturi.  Although we are specifying these models, if there are other exerbikes you have access to that are made by other brands, the most important aspect be that the exerbikes have pedals that drive a front hub.  (Please reference the attached image for more details.)

The Push Reel Mowers:

Ideally the mowers we are looking for are also the same make and model but it is less imperative than the exerbikes.  The right set of mowers should be the same width.  Push reel mowers can range anywhere from 12" - 24" wide and for our purposes, it is important that they are all roughly the same width.  We are open to having a set of 5 that are 18" wide and another set that are 16" wide.  Similar to the bicycles, we are looking for 5-20 total.  (I've attached an image of the reel mower as well.)

If you have access to these machines or know another organization that may, please send along these details.  Your help is greatly appreciated and will help us to adaptively reuse machines for good, that may otherwise be sent to the scrap yard.  Thank your for you time.