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 and other electronics?
The BGA holds two collection drives for electronic waste every year in Times Square. Electronic waste put in the regular trash adds many toxic compounds to landfills and is hazardous to handle. In between drives, there are many other options for disposing of electronic waste - refer to our E-Waste Disposal Guide for more information!
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. For general used clothing, as well as paired shoes, hats, belts, towels, and more, please hold onto them for our next textile drive. The BGA holds two collection drives for textiles every year in Times Square - you can find out more here. Our partner Wearable Collections also has regular stands at certain Greenmarkets around the city – click here to find the one nearest you. You may also refer to our Textile Disposal Guide for any other information.
My show is closing. How can we recycle our props and set?
If your show or theatre has a BGA Green Captain, please contact them. If not, there are several places to take set pieces and props so that they can be recycled or reused. Big Reuse and Materials for the Arts take certain items - please see our resources page and refer to our Quick Guide to Closing Greener for additional information. If you are in need of immediate assistance or have specific questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I recycle batteries?
Regular alkaline (non-rechargeable) batteries are not illegal to dispose of in the regular trash as they now contain very little mercury. However, they cannot be put into the regular household recycling, so we would encourage you to find a place to take them for safe disposal and proper recycling. 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 them back for recycling from any consumer - you can find more information here. There are also many companies and organizations, like 4th Bin, Call2Recycle, and ERI that can assist you with responsibly disposing your old batteries.
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 and we also accept donations. The exchange is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 am until 6:00 pm. Please see The Binder Project page for more information.
How can I become a Green Captain?
We’d love to have you aboard as a Green Captain! Whether you're part of a Broadway show, at an Off-Broadway venue, at a college or university, on a tour, with a union, or involved with theatre in any capacity at all, we would love for you to be on the BGA team. If you're interested, please email email@example.com with your name, email address, and the show, venue, etc. you are representing.
My sound department says they can’t use rechargeable batteries? What should I do?
Many Broadway shows use rechargeable batteries and it works beautifully! Check out this article for more information on how the Broadway production of Wicked switched to rechargeables and how it helped to green the production and save money.
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! If you are a college or university student, you can become a College Green Captain. Otherwise, please take a look at our eco-tips and resources. These pages contain lots of ideas to help you to green your theatre venue or production - and most of these suggestions are not specific to Broadway or New York. The eco-tips page also contains a great list of things to do to be greener at home, at work, and when going out to the theatre or other events.
I’m looking for a job. Are you hiring?
The BGA operates with two full-time staff members and part-time interns - everyone else is a volunteer! If you are interested in finding out more, please send a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.