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Farnsworth Middle School to play host to three exciting community events on April 26:
Spring Recycling Extravaganza, FMS Garage Sale, and Go Green Day 2014

March 27, 2014—Saturday, April 26 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. The Recycling Extravaganza and Go Green Day begin at 8 a.m. and the FMS Garage Sale begins at 9 a.m. All events will take place 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), and bikes for free drop-off; all items will be re-used and/or recycled.* County Waste/Waste Connections, T. A. Predel’s Paper and Metals Recycling, Electric City Bike Rescue and B4H and ProTek Recycling will offer paper, metal, electronic and plastic recycling at no charge.

What can be brought to the school for recycling on April 26?

Electronics: Examples include desktop computers, laptops, servers/server racks, monitors, televisions, networking equipment, printers/copiers/scanners, cell phones, wires, keyboards, UPSs/Battery Backups, Misc Electronic Parts, Audio Equipment, Toner/Ink Cartridges, Household Electronics (microwaves, VCRs, lamps, game consoles, etc.) and more.

Metals: Examples of metals being accepted include old bicycles, lawn mowers, patio furniture, swing sets, grills, steel eye-beams, fences, refrigerators and more.

Paper: Examples include old phone books, office papers and envelopes, catalogs, magazines, newspapers, boxes, as well as confidential materials for shredding. Please note that blueprints, carbon papers and egg cartons will not be accepted.

Plastics: Examples include beverage bottles, bags, and more.

Textiles: Examples include clothing, shoes, towels, pocketbooks, belts, fabrics, blankets, comforters, and sheets.

For more information on items acceptable for recycling at the event, visit:

In addition, Grassroot Givers will be on hand throughout the Recycling Extravaganza to collect any new or like-new donations of clothing for children and adults, accessories, linens, pots, pans, house wares, books and unused toiletries. These items will be made 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. Grassroots Givers will also be collecting current (less than 10 years old) books in new or like new condition for distribution to school and classroom libraries, senior centers, social services offices, literacy programs, clinics, military bases, and hospitals.

Capital City Rescue Mission will be collecting rags and other unusable textiles as part of the event and Cornell Cooperative Extension will be collecting empty beauty product containers for recycling through Terracycle.

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

On Saturday, April 26, Farnsworth Middle School will be holding a Garage Sale to benefit our Organic Garden and Butterfly House from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Please consider donating items for the sale by dropping them off inside our FMS Reception Area at the front of the building (look for the large bins labeled for donations). Please note: All items and clothing in good repair are welcome; stuffed animals cannot be accepted. We will be accepting donations daily from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from April 2- April 11 and from April 22- April 25. For more information on the FMS Garage Sale, please contact FMS Reception at 518-456-6010, ext. 0.

Go Green Day 2014
Four local entities have been working to bring to the community one terrific event. Go Green Day 2014 will be held on Saturday, April 26 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 and Albany County Soil and Water Conservation District. 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.

In addition, there will be a variety of activities and exhibits for the entire family to enjoy including a rain barrel display and ordering opportunity, recycling games, a green shopping challenge and much more. There will also be free radon testing kits available while supplies last and the Master Gardeners will be on hand to test soil PH for a fee of $1.00.

For more information about Go Green Day 2014, please visit or call Karen Finnessey at 518-765-2692.