Frequently Asked Questions: 

  • What happens to the trash at Broadway theatres?
    • All Broadway theatres use commercial trash haulers that do post-collection sorting. This means they take all of the trash and recycling from the theatre to a materials recovery facility where recyclable materials are sorted out and recycled. Remember, this is not the case with residential recycling which requires sorting of all materials (see nyc.gov/waste).
  • What should I do with my old computer?
    • The BGA holds two collection drives for electronic waste every year in Times Square.  We have limited storage space in our office so we ask that you please hold your materials (or find out if your show has a collection bin). Electronic waste put in the regular trash adds many toxic compounds to landfills and is hazardous to handle. The Lower East Side Ecology Center also holds regular collection drives – please check here for their upcoming events.
  • What should I do with old sheets, clothing, or costumes?
    • If you have costume pieces that you think can be re-used, please reach out to the TDF Costume Collection or Film Biz Recycling. For general used clothing, including stained and torn items as well as paired shoes, hats, belts, towels, etc, please hold onto them for our next textile recycling collection. We hold two textile collections in Times Square every year . Or you can drop off materials at the BGA office, Actors’ Equity, or the Wardrobe Union, Local 764. Our partner Wearable Collections has regular stands at certain Greenmarkets around the city – click here to find the one nearest you.
  • My show is closing. How can we recycle our props and set?
    • First of all, if your show has a BGA Green Captain, please contact them.  There are several places to take set pieces, props, etc so that they can be recycled or re-used.  Film Biz Recycling, Build It Green, and Materials for the Arts all take certain things. Please see our RESOURCES for a list of places.  If you are in need of immediate help please contact us at green@broadway.org.
  • How do I recycle batteries?
    • Regular alkaline (non-REchargeable) batteries are not illegal to dispose of in the regular trash (do not put them in with metal recycling!) as they now contain little-to-no mercury. However, we still think it is a good idea to find a place to take them for safe disposal and recycling.  Broadway theater professionals can check our list of collections for backstage battery drop-off options. Others should take a look at the NYC site with information about what to do with batteries.
      Rechargeable batteries contain heavy metals like mercury, cadmium, and lead and should NEVER be thrown in the regular trash or in recycling bins.  In NYC all stores that sell these must take back up to 10 batteries at a time for recycling from any consumer. The BGA also has a rechargeable battery and cellphone recycling drop-off box in our office that is serviced by the non-profit, Call 2 Recycle.
  • Do you give away lighting gels or other things to small theatre companies?
    • While we do have a program to re-use old lighting gels we encourage all Broadway shows to send their used sets and props to one of the recycling and re-use facilities in our resources. You should check out Film Biz Recycling as they have many items for rent.
  • Can anyone donate or borrow a binder from your exchange? How does the program work?
    • Yes, we encourage anyone to use our free binder exchange.  You may borrow as many binders as you like for as long as you like. Please see The  Binder Project page for more information and locations.  You do not need an appointment. The exchange is open Monday through Friday 10-6 and we love to get donations of re-useable binders.
  • How can I become a Green Captain?
    • We’d love to have you aboard as a Broadway Green Captain!  Please just email eharrington@broadwaygreen.com with your name, email address, and the show you are representing. We are currently also accepting off-Broadway and college Green Captains too. Please email us for more information.
  • My sound department says they can’t use rechargeable batteries? What should I do?
    • Many Broadway shows use rechargeable batteries and it works beautifully!  Please check our Production Committee page for specific information about how the Broadway production of WICKED switched to rechargeables and how it helped to green the production and save money.  Also we would be happy to help reach out to your sound department to show them how easy this can be.
  • I am not in NYC but I am a Broadway fan. How can I get involved?
    • There are many ways to get involved even if you are not in New York. First of all, if you are a student at a college you can become a College Green Captain. If you are not a college student please take a look at our Better Practices Guide and Resources: that will help you to green-up your theatre venue and/or production. Most are not specific to Broadway or New York.  Also, we have a great list of things to do to get greener at home, at work, and when going out to the theatre or other events.  And if you are ever planning a trip to see a Broadway show with your group please be in touch as we can try to arrange talkbacks or tours about how specific shows are going green.
  • I’m looking for a job. Are you hiring?
    • The BGA operates with one full-time staff member and two part-time interns.  Everyone else is a volunteer!  If you are interested in finding out more about our part-time intern position (which carries a stipend of $150 a week) please send a cover letter and resume to eharrington@broadwaygreen.com.