Founded in 2008, the Summit Free Market is a volunteer, student-run program that works to reduce the amount of reusable material that enters Summit's waste stream. Since its inception, an estimated 2500 Summit Free Market volunteers have kept more than 160 tons of reusable material from the waste stream, saving the City of Summit more than $25K in garbage tipping fees through its popular and successful community reuse initiative.
The committee operates seasonal events on consecutive Saturdays in the spring and fall at the City of Summit Transfer Station on New Providence Avenue.
Spring 2020 dates are Saturdays April 25 and May 2 from 8AM to 3PM.
A fundraising initiative to help build a permanent home for the Summit Free Market is being organized by the Summit Conservancy, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting environmental projects and sustainability in Summit, NJ. To date, the Summit Conservancy has raised $145K of the $375K needed for the construction of a Summit Free Market building.