The First Too Good To Toss Event at Stanley Deming Park on Saturday and Sunday, April 22-23, encouraged reuse and community spirit as well as reducing the cost of hauling trash to a Pennsylvania landfill.
To celebrate Earth Day, Sustainable Warwick, in collaboration with the Village of Warwick, featured a pop-up recycle center with tables under a tent on the basketball court.
This one-stop shopping beat driving around the village on trash pick-up week to search for salvageable treasures.
Clothing, toys, bicycles, non-upholstered furniture, household items, art work, baby gear, tools, office supplies, and small appliances in good repair were donated on Saturday, and on Sunday, people arrived to browse and take whatever free items they could use. All items dropped off had to be clean, in good repair and full working order, including all their parts.
The event had such enthusiastic response that organizer Elizabeth Knight plans to repeat it each spring. The village reported that fewer items were on the curb at the annual pick-up. The village and town have expressed interest in collaborating on the event in the future. Watch for notice of the next Too Good To Toss event and the complete list of acceptable items.
“As Warwick’s Municipal Historian I’d like to commend the originators and implementers of this inspiring event which I would regard as one of the most successful community building exercises I’ve observed in my many years of research and writing on our town. It brought people of all backgrounds together in a common endeavor of giving, and taking, tangible household objects of real value and mutual benefit.”
Professor Richard Hull