"America Recycles Day" may have been Nov. 15, but those living in the Schenectady area can experience the event a day later with a trip to the Electric City Barn at 400 Craig St.
A new not-for-profit promoting the arts, the Electric City Barn will be open from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday and will be taking in all kinds of recyclables, including unwanted craft supplies, yarn, fabric patterns, buttons, needles and thread, paints and paintbrushes, and American flags.
Other items accepted will be eyeglasses, Tyvek envelopes, Styrofoam and plastic shopping bags. Most of the items will be reused at the Electric City Barn.
Along with dropping off recyclables, people can visit the barn's new Maker Space, which currently includes a display of images by photographer Richard Lovrich and an exhibit on Izetta Jewel, a stage actress and women's rights activist who moved to Schenectady in the 1920s after marrying Union College professor Hugh Miller.
Families will also be able to participate in an open craft workshop and learn more about upcycling and crafting. The Cornell Cooperative Extension will also have a booth where it will host recycling trivia games and give away prizes.
Repair Cafe Schenectady, another component of the Electric City Barn, will have a few "repair coaches" on hand for repair demonstrations and to promote the program, which is run by the Friends of the Schenectady County Public Library.
The event is a collaboration between the Electric City Barn, the Schenectady County Environmental Advisory Council's recyling team, Cornell Cooperative Extension and the Schenectady County Recyclables Program.
"America Recycles Day" has been celebrated throughout the U.S. on Nov. 15 since 1997, with the goal of raising awareness about recycling and the purchasing of recycled products.