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Farnsworth Middle School to play host to three exciting community events on April 27:
Spring Recycling Extravaganza, FMS Garage Sale, and Go Green Day 2013

April 3, 2013—Saturday, April 27 will be a very busy day for Farnsworth Middle School, as the site plays host to three exciting community events aimed at environmental education, awareness, and recycling. All events will take place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the middle school campus, 6072 State Farm Road in Guilderland and are open to the public. Please continue reading to learn more about each scheduled event:

GCSD Recycling Extravaganza
The Guilderland Central School District is pleased to once again host a Spring Recycling Extravaganza! This is a community-wide event and is open to both residents and non-residents of the school district.  Individuals are encouraged to bring their unwanted papers, metals, plastics (including bags), bikes and electronics equipment for free disposal and recycling.* This service is provided by the district’s recycling partners Regional Computer Recycling & Recovery, County Waste/Waste Connections, and T. A. Predel’s Paper and Metals Recycling.

Electronics being accepted include, but are not limited to: old air conditioners, microwaves, computers, TVs, gaming equipment, large and small appliances, computers and terminals, phones, pagers, and more. View the comprehensive list (PDF)

Examples of metals being accepted include old bicycles, lawn mowers, patio furniture, swing sets, grills, steel eye-beams, fences, refrigerators and more. View the comprehensive list (PDF)

Types of paper being accepted include old phone books, office papers and envelopes, catalogs, magazines, newspapers, boxes, as well as others. Please note that blueprints, carbon papers and egg cartons will not be accepted. View the comprehensive list (PDF)

Types of plastics being accepted include beverage bottles, bags, and more. View the comprehensive list (PDF)

Types of textiles being accepted include: clothing, shoes, towels, pocketbooks, belts, blankets, comforters, and sheets.


In addition to the items listed above, the Albany Book Project will be on hand collecting current (less than 10 years old) books in new or like new condition. Books are distributed to schools and classroom libraries, senior centers, social services offices, literacy programs, clinics, military bases, and hospitals. The Habitat for Humanity ReStore will be accepting working household appliances and kitchen cabinetry for resale at their warehouse and Albany County Soil & Water Conservation District will collect empty beauty product containers, tubes & bottles.

Community members are encouraged to drop off any new or like-new donations of clothing for children and adults, accessories, linens, pots, pans, house wares, books and travel-size toiletries. These items will be collected by Grassroot Givers and available free-of-charge at the Grassroot Givers Community Store in Albany for individuals and families who are homeless, living on a limited income or leaving a shelter to move into a new apartment.

The collection site for the Recycling Extravaganza will be located in the rear parking lot of the school. For more information on the upcoming Recycling Extravaganza, please contact Renee Panetta, district recycling and conservation coordinator, at 518-861-5246, ext. 338.

* Excludes any items containing hazardous materials.

FMS Garage Sale to benefit Butterfly House and Organic Garden

Earth Week officially begins at Farnsworth Middle School on April 15, but will be extended through April 27 and culminate in a HUGE garage sale! The school will be accepting donations of gently used items of any kind beginning April 15, to be sold at our Garage Sale on Saturday April 27. Proceeds from the Garage Sale will support of our Butterfly House and Organic Garden programs. Items can be dropped off in the Main Lobby of the School. For more information on the FMS Garage Sale, please contact House Principal Amy Tubbs at 518-456-6010, ext. 3060. 

Go Green Day 2013  ** Download an event flyer (PDF) **
Five local entities have been working to bring to the community one terrific event. Go Green Day 2013 will be held on Saturday, April 27 at Farnsworth Middle School. The event is a collaborative effort between Guilderland Central School District’s Green Task Force and The Capital Regional Recycling Partnership with participation by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Albany County, Albany County Soil and Water Conservation District and Chef’s Consortium. It will be an educational, informational and drop-off recycling opportunity.

Go Green Day will host approximately 40 exhibitors and vendors involved with going green in a variety of ways: solar energy; local foods; home care services; crafting; health and wellbeing, local farms and gardening. Presentations/demonstrations are scheduled throughout the day and will include:

Backyard Composting Basics

Building a Bucket Planter

Plastic Bag Recycling and Alternate Uses

Native Plantings & Deer resistant Gardens

Responsible Electronics Recycling

Hydroponics 101

Creating Bio-Diesel for Your Car

Gardeners Alert: A Pest Update, and Worm Composting

Free radon testing kits and tree seedlings will be available while supplies last and the Master Gardeners will be available to test soil PH for the small fee of $1.00. Cornell Cooperative Extension will host activities for the kids, while some 4H enthusiasts will be exhibiting their goats, chickens and cows. Radio station B95.5, media sponsor for the event, will provide music throughout the day.

In addition, there will be a Bottle Cap Guess event that will give participants a chance to win an IPod (student prize) or a year's service of trash and recycling through County Waste (adult prize -- must live within the County Waste pick-up zone).

To keep everyone from getting too hungry from all the planned activities, the Chef’s Consortium will be on-hand preparing delicious food for attendees. Chef’s Consortium is a group of New York based chefs committed to promoting locally-grown farm fresh food. With hot plates in hand and smiles of determination, they bring farm products to audiences throughout the Hudson River Valley and Capital District area of Albany. A $7.00 bracelet will get you entrance in to the Food Tent and will be valid for the entire event, with a different menu being offered for the breakfast and afternoon hours. Families of 4 or more will be offered a discount.

Go Green Day is being sponsored by radio station B95.5, County Waste and Recycling, Hannaford, TA Predel Company, Regional Computer Recycling & Recovery, Price Chopper, Pepsi Beverages Company, Big Top Tent Rental, Green Fiber, Honest Weight Food Cooperative, Capital District Junk King, Coeymans Recycling, NYSERDA, Organica: Garden Supply and Hydroponics, Our Towne Bethlehem, UltrePET LLC, Blue Diamond Septic, Capital Sawmill, Capital Scrap and Stewart’s Shops.

For more information about Go Green Day, visit or call Karen Finnessey at 518-765-2692.