New Canaan’s Swap Shop opens at Transfer Station

NEW CANAAN— Website visitors can consider without offering. Other people give without having. Some swap.

Whichever part people enjoy at the new Swap Store, which has now formally opened at the New Canaan Transfer Station, they are preserving the landfill from more trash. 

“Most individuals really don’t leave vacant handed,” Earth New Canaan volunteer Melissa Boyce said, since a lot of visitors who enter the new store to donate their unwanted things appear away with 1 of the numerous donations of kitchen area objects, toys or small electronics.

The Swap Shop is a sustainable job led by Planet New Canaan to put a dent in discarded sturdy items, these types of as household furniture and appliances, which make up approximately 20 percent of what residences and organizations set in landfills, the organization’s website states, citing Ecosystem America. Lots of of these merchandise could be re-purposed or repaired. 

“It’s really taken off. Individuals are bringing in all sorts of truly wonderful goods, and persons uncover really excellent items,” Miki Porta, of Planet New Canaan, explained.

On Saturday, a massive absolutely furnished doll residence greeted guests as many grownups examined housewares on ground-to-ceiling cabinets in the front room. Volunteers accepted donations as kids browsed the guide and toy rooms. Many televisions lined the compact hallway. 

It was “a superior combine of individuals having out as properly as dropping off,” Boyce claimed.

Readers are warned to gown warmly since there is no warmth in the facility and area heaters are towards code. Volunteers don hats and levels throughout the shop’s operating several hours of 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

World New Canaan would make it effortless to get Transfer Station permits by owning a website link on the organization’s website. A allow from a resident is wanted to travel in, but there are no guidelines about who comes together with the resident to consider objects out. People who want to volunteer for two-hour shifts or donate can do so by checking out the site as properly.

The Swap Shop accepts housewares, toys excluding stuffed animals, athletics gear, small working appliances, compact furniture, tools, bikes and textbooks that are less than 10 yrs aged. It does not accept apparel or shoes, large household furniture, pillows or mattresses, motor vehicle seats, helmets and fabrics.
 CDs, DVDs are welcome, but not VHS tapes.

Planet New Canaan, with its mission to advertise sustainability in town, has raised cash to buy 15 indigenous trees to exchange trees misplaced in latest decades, which were being planted in Waveny Park by the General public Performs Department in 2021. The corporation has also assisted in the generation of pollinator pathways in city and formulated a biannual fundraiser with Copia Dwelling and Backyard garden in Vista, NY, to help pollinator pathway partners.