No excuses! Resources for Donating, Selling, Recycling & Trashing Your Old Stuff

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With so many great local and national resources at your disposal (no pun intended), isn’t it time to say, out with the old and in with a clear, more open space and peace of mind?

I.  DONATE

*Pick up service available Don’t forget to request your tax deductible receipt

A. ORGANIZATIONS

*AMVETS National Service Foundation: Accepting small household items, usable clothes, toys, small electronics and books. 1-855 411-4650 or schedule pickup online www.supportthevets.org

*Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island: Accepting furniture, clothing, accessories, shoes, housewares,  bedding, draperies, T.V’s, small electronics, small appliances, toys, games & tools. Donations support mentoring programs for children facing adversity. 631 234-0000 or visit www.bbbsli.org

Gerald Ryan Outreach Program: Provides those in need, in Wyandanch and surrounding communities with food, clothing and services.  Make donations at1434 Straight Path, Wyandanch, NY.  631 643-7591

Goodwill: Accepting clothing, shoes, housewares, linens, toys, luggage, bicycles, books & sporting goods. No furniture, appliances or large equipment.718 728-5400 or visit www.goodwillny.org

Habitat for Humanity: Accepting appliances, building materials, furniture, hardware & fixtures. 631 767-1612 or visit www.suffolkrestore.com/donations

*Long Island Charities Foundation: Accepting clothing, shoes, sneakers,handbags, linens & stuffed animals.  Benefits local Long Island charities888 516-2274 or visit www.wecashclothes.com

*Salvation Army: Accepting clothing, furniture, housewares, sporting equipment, toys, books & electronics. 800 SA-TRUCK or visit www.salvationarmyusa.org

Suffolk County United Veterans: Accepting donations for its emergency housing center (The Vets Place) in Yaphank.  Many residents come with nothing but the clothes on their backs. 631 924-8088 or visit www.scuvoffice@scuv.org for a list of items needed.

*St. Vincent DePaul:  Accepting clothing, furniture & home furnishings (no appliances).  Nassau  516 746-8250.  Suffolk 800 884-7837 or visit www.svdpusa.org259 Broadway, Bethpage, NY (516) 681-2101
1425A New York Avenue Huntington Station, NY (631) 385-1226

B.  OTHER IDEAS

The Stuff Stop: A nationwide community resource website that provides information to match up your unwanted stuff with local charities, ministries and companies that connect it with people in need. http://thestuffstop.com/

Libraries, schools, nursing homes, hospitals, day care centers, retirement homes & doctors offices

List your item on Craigslist as “free to a qualified nonprofit”

C. DONATION OF SPECIFIC ITEMS

Books:
-Books for Africa accepts books, helping to fill libraries and classrooms throughout the continent.  Reference books should be no more than 10 years old.  www.Booksforafrica.org

-Books for soldiers sends new and gently used books to troops overseas and children’s books to U.S. military families.  http://www.operationpaperback.org/

Cell Phones:  Send old / broken cell phones to Cell Phones for  Soldiers.  Proceeds provide calling cards for soldiers, enabling them to call home when stationed abroad. Print your free prepaid shipping label at  www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com.

Clothing:
Business Attire:
Women: Women’s Alliance maintains a directory of local organizations accepting interview ready clothing for disadvantaged women seeking employment.  Most accept jackets, shirts, pants, skirts and accessories. www.womensalliance.org

Men: Career Gear, based in NYC distributes clothing to disadvantaged men trying to  enter the work force.  212 577-6190 ext. 104 or visit www.careergear.org

Coats: During fall season, find a local coat drive through www.onewarmcoat.org . Drives start in October.  Coats should be clean and all closures should work.

Dresses:
Prom: Search www.donatemydress.org  to find a local dress drive.  They are donated to underprivileged teenage girls, in need of a prom dress.

Cocktail: Send to Housing Works Thrift Shop @48-49 35 th St., LIC, NY 11101.  Proceeds help low income individuals living with HIV and AIDS.

Shoes:  Soles for Souls – for your nearest drop off location visit http://www.soles4souls.org/about/locations.html

Electronics:
Computer equipment: The National Cristina Foundation www.cristina.org   will match your items (computer, printer, fax, mouse, software, monitor, etc.) with an organization near you.  Many are nonprofits that provide education/training to at risk students or disabled individuals.

Eyeglasses:
One Sight accepts all glasses in marked bins at Lenscrafters, Pearle Vision, Sunglasses Hut, Target Optical and Sears Optical nationwide- They are given, along with free eye exams to those who can’t afford them at 20 clinics around the world.  Visit www.onesight.org

Furniture:
*The National Furniture Bank Association will pick up and distribute furnishings to families in need. Go to www.nationalfurniturebank.org  to locate your local bank.

Furniture for victims of natural disasters gives used sofas, tables, etc. to the National Furniture Bank Association to help those hit by storms, floods and quakes.  http://www.furniturebanks.org/list-of-furniture-banks/

Hobby Equipment: Reach out to relevant interest groups at www.meetup.com

Housewares:
The Nassau County Coalition Against Domestic Violence in Bethpage accepts donations, which assist women in setting up their new homes. Visit  http://www.cadvnc.org/cadv/difference/whish_lists/  for a list of needed items.

Medications: Many pharmacies take back unused medications.  Flushing them contaminates the water supply, fish and environment.

Musical Instruments:
           Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation – Refurbishes and donates used instruments to underfunded school music programs.  Visit www.mhopus.org

Roots of Music – An after school program in New Orleans, teaches children how to read and play music, provides academic tutoring and hot meals. www.therootsofmusic.com

Paint, Tools and Building Supplies:
*Habitat for Humanity uses donation proceeds to fund the construction of Habitat homes.  Visit www.habitat.org/cd/env/restore.aspx to find your local store 631 521-778

Sports Equipment:
           Sports Gift will refurbishes and distributes your gently used equipment, to underprivileged children in the U.S. ex. Cleats, frisbees, balls, cleats, etc. www.sportsgift.org

The Children’s Sport Connection in Garden City organizes equipment drives. 516 512-8922 or visit www.cscny.org

Video Games: Donate Games accepts used games and uses the proceeds to fund medical research and help fight rare life threatening and other debilitating diseases. www.donategames.org

Yoga Mats: Recycle your Mat recycles worn out mats and donates those in good condition to local community programs www.recycleyourmat.com

II.  RECYCLE

Gift It:  Put an add on Free cycle at  https://www.freecycle.org/

Find out where to recycle what you have: Not sure?  Call your local sanitation department or your local office of solid waste or visit www.1800cleanup.org

Earn Rewards for recycling:  Recyclables are weighed and points awarded, which can be redeemed at participating retailers.  https://www.recyclebank.com/

RECYCLING SPECIFIC ITEMS

Batteries: Heavy metals in batteries contaminate land fills.  Order a recycle kit ($35) at www.batteryrecycling.com .  Fill  it with up to 12 lbs of batteries, including cell phone and laptop batteries and mail in the prepaid box. Batteries are recycled according to EPA regulations.

Electronics:
* It is recommended that hard drives and external drives be erased or destroyed, prior to recycling.  Portable data can be nuked in a microwave.

Visit your town’s website for information about local recycling programs.  Many towns have S.T.O.P. (Stop throwing out pollutants) or similar programs to promote safe disposal.

Local dump may have an area for electronics.

Best Buy may have an area by customer service accepting electronics.

Staples may take electronics – They may require you to sign off that as to what you are recycling and that they are not liable for anything you failed to wipe off the hard drive.

III.  SELL

 A.  Online:

Craig’s List: Sell online in your local market and avoid shipping costs.  http://longisland.craigslist.org/

Ebay- Auction unwanted items, setting a minimum sales price or a fixed price. www.ebay.com or allow an ebay vallet to sell your items for you

www.ebaytradingassistant.com

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/seller-account/mm-product-page.html

B.  In Person:

Garage Sale

Tag Sale

Yard Sale

Estate Sale

C.  Consignment:    

Local Consignment Shop:  When your items sell, you receive the proceeds, less the sellers’ commission.

Online Options:  For ex., Consignment of clothing and accessories can be accomplished online at  http://www.tradesy.com/

D.  Selling Specific Items:

Books: www.cash4books.net offers cash and provides free FedEx shipping labels

Electronics: www.gazelle.com  offers cash for many electronics.

DVDs and CDs: www.secondspin.com  offers cash for disks in good condition.

Gift Cards: www.plasticjungle.com will buy unused gift cards with a minimum balance of $25.

Jewelry: Find a reputable dealer at www.americangemsociety.org

Sporting equipment:  www.playitagainsports.com offering cash for up to 30% of items’ resale value.

Video Games: Gamestop offers credit usable at local GameStop stores. www.gamestop.com

IV.  TRASH:

Make special arrangements as necessary for large items and hazardous waste, such as motor oil, paint, paint thinner, pesticides, and car batteries.

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