We offer these donation and recycling links for professional organizers and clients alike. Decluttering your life frees your spirit and creates freedom and ease in your living and working spaces. It feels good to know that items you no longer love or need can be recycled responsibly or used to help to serve people in need. Don’t miss some of the quirky specialty links in our “donating specific and specialty items” section!
See also our free printables and downloadable PDF resources!
Reduce credit card and insurance offers: Opt out.
Eliminate unwanted catalogs: Manually enter information off of catalog’s mailing label to remove yourself from a specific catalog’s list.
Mail Preference Service: Reduce advertising mail and phone calls.
41pounds.org: 41pounds.org will contact the companies that send you junk mail on your behalf.
Earth 911: This is the first place to start for all of your recycling needs! Find recycling for almost anything, no matter where you live.
Terracycle: too many programs to list for responsible recycling of numerous containers, candy wrappers, Britta Filters, Febreeze bottles, etc. The list goes on and on and they add new opportunities frequently!
Reduce, Resuse and Recycle resource from Amanda and Meghan, two of our readers from Ms. Martin’s class at Learning Haven.
Helpful Guide to Recycling This resource from YourBestDigs.com demystifies the codes and offers information about where your recycling ends up.
RecyclingCenters: Find recycling centers in your area with maps and driving directions
The Recycling Center: Provides a database of local recycle centers and other recycling resources
Choosing a shredding service: Take care of sensitive paper by choosing a shredding service that meets your needs. Or just take your shredding to your local Staples or Office Depot and pay by the pound.
Capital Steel: This site offers facts about steel recycling as well as a search feature for finding places to donate steel.
How to recycle anything: from Personal Creations, a resource of over 200 items!
A Wider Circle: A Wider Circle aims to help children and adults lift themselves out of poverty
Career Gear: Career Gear provides professional clothing, mentoring and life-skills to help men in poverty become stronger contributors to their families and communities.
Craig’s List: Sell or give away items by posting ads for free. Has sub-sites for most major cities and includes a section of ads for free items being given away.
The Freecycle Network: “By giving freely with no strings attached, members of The Freecycle Network help instill a sense of generosity of spirit as they strengthen local community ties and promote environmental sustainability and reuse.”
Charity Navigator: Provides free financial evaluations of charities
Charity Watch: Rates charities and provides articles about charitable giving
Give.org (Better Business Bureau): Reports on charities and other organizations that solicit nationwide
JustGive.org: At Just Give, you can search for a charity using any keyword (children, animals, etc.) to find organizations that support your goals.
Though this page focuses primarily on resources for donating, we also include some places where items can be sold.
Have a resource we haven’t listed? Shoot us an email at [email protected] with the subject line: “Resource to consider” and we will check it out. You will hear back from us if we add your resource to our website.
American Girl Dolls
GirlAgain is a resale boutique for American Girl dolls, operated by Yes She Can Inc, a not-for-profit dedicated to developing job skills and employment opportunities for young women with autism. Accept donations of gently used American Girl dolls, clothes, furniture, accessories, original boxes, and books to resell after cleaning, cataloging, and tagging for our boutique.
Arts & Crafts / Fabric
SCRAP Accepts new or gently used artist’s materials and tools. They also accept odd packaging and waste materials through Terracycle.
MOM’s Organic Market offers recycling for batteries at all locations
Books (see also Textbooks below)
Friends of the Library in Montgomery County, MD takes all kinds of books and sells them at discount prices to support the library system!
The Bra Recyclers, LLC is a clothing recycling company specializing in recycling bras. Our mission is to ignite a ‘Bravolution’ to decrease the number of bras entering our landfills while providing substantial social benefits to women and girls escaping domestic violence, human trafficking or surviving breast cancer without the necessary insurance.
The mission of Free the Girls is to help women rescued from sex trafficking reintegrate into their communities. Survivors can earn a safe income selling bras in the second-hand marketplace. We journey with them on the path to restore who they were designed to be – whole, worthy, and powerfully FREE.
West Coast Angel Gowns is a project of the Phoenix Leadership Center, a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Organization that transforms gently used donated wedding dresses into beautiful infant burial garments called “Angel Gowns.” If you add a $20 contribution with your donated dress, you will receive in the mail a 10″ x 10″ hemmed piece of your wedding dress as a precious keepsake.
Building materials (new or gently used)
Goodwill Car Donation program Towing of your vehicle is free for you and the IRS allows you to claim a car donation tax deduction.
Many NPR radio stations accept car donations to support their programming. Check with you local NPR station.
Veteran Car Donations Pickup and towing is always FREE and your donation will transform the lives of our nation’s heroes
Cell (mobile) phones
Selling. donating and recycling old clothing This green guide offers useful suggestions for how to get rid of old clothing responsibly. Special thanks to Kelly Garcia, who located & shared this resource from her research project about reducing her environmental footprint on the earth.
Computer & Electronics recycling
Apple devices such as computers, phones, I-pads, etc can be recycled through Apple’s Giveback Program
MOM’s Organic Market, a organic grocery chain in the DC area, offers recycling for lots of items, including an annual “e-cycling” drive for recycling electronics (and year-round e-cycling at their Rockville location)
Electronics Recycling: Provides a database of electronics recycling companies, categorized by activity type and geographical location
Best Buy: Stores will take just about anything electronic, including TVs, DVD players, computer monitors, audio and video cables, cell phones, and more. Most things are recycled absolutely free, with a few restrictions.
Fabric and textiles recycling and downcycling
Fabric and textiles Secondary Materials and Recovered Textiles Association (SMART) reports that about 45 percent of discarded clothing is reusable. Of the remaining 55 percent, most of it can be recycled: 30 percent is downcycled into industrial rags and 20 percent is processed into fiber that can be used in products like carpet or insulation. The remaining five percent is unusable because of contamination, and will end up in a landfill.
Hazardous waste disposal (enter your zip code to find locations near you)
Holiday String Lights
Miles – yep thats right! You can donate unused miles!
Donate unused credit card rewards and miles
Miscellaneous recycling opportunities
Target: Recycling stations at the front of each store offer a convenient way to recycle aluminum, glass and plastic beverage containers, plastic bags, MP3 players, cell phones and ink cartridges.
Hungry for Music: Accepts donations of musical instruments and uses them to teach underserved children to play music
Soles4Souls is a non-profit social enterprise based in Nashville, TN and a registered 501(c)(3) recognized by the IRS. Their mission is to create sustainable jobs and provide relief through the distribution of shoes and clothing around the world. Since Soles4Souls began in 2006, they have distributed over 30 million pairs of shoes in 127 countries and all 50 US states. But EVERY SINGLE ONE of those pairs makes a difference in people’s lives. For more information visit their website and check out their YouTube channel. Two of my favorite videos are “Olivios: Help This Village Thrive” and “The Power of a Pair of Shoes”. These videos help explain why shoe drives are so important to the success of their programs!
There is a locator option where you can enter your zip code to find a donation location near you or there are options for mailing the shoes on the website.
They ask that you “be respectful with your donations, understand that our goal is to provide good, clean shoes to those in need. For example, tennis shoes should include laces and not have holes.” They discard any old overly worn shoes! Learn more about ways to donate HERE.
Book Bandit – Book Bandit was created by Jim Jannuzzio, a college student who set out to find a solution to make the textbook buying experience more affordable and less of a hassle. check out this informative article on Book Bandit to understand more about how it all works!
Cash For Books The folks at Cash For Books believe there is a better way to sell your costly textbooks.
Wedding dresses & formal dresses
Brides Across America Brides Across America (BAA) is a non-profit committed to loving one another by gifting weddings and wedding gowns to our military & first responders.
Brides Against Breast Cancer Kindly donated wedding dresses are made affordable for others and help fund Breast Cancer Causes. Read the guidelines carefully to make sure that your donation meets their criteria.
Glass Slipper project The Glass Slipper Project is a non-profit organization that collects new and almost-new formal dresses and accessories and provides them, free of charge, to high school juniors and seniors who are unable to purchase their own Prom attire.
New Dream (formerly Center for a New American Dream) is chock full of resources and programs for sustainable, whole-hearted living. While you are there, check out our article “Your Stuff, Their Stuff, Our Stuff “on the New Dream blog!
Terracycle TerraCycle is an innovative recycling company that has become a global leader in recycling hard-to-recycle waste. Recycle Britta filters, candy wrappers, Febreze containers and much, much more!
The Green Guide: A division of the National Geographic Society that offers green buying tips and product guides.
My Green Montgomery: Whether you live in Montgomery County or not, you can benefit from the energy saving tips on this website.
Carton Recycling: Are you unsure whether your community recycles cartons such as milk and juice cartons? Enter your zip code to find out at Carton Recycling. You can even learn how they do it (hint: with a hydra-pulper.)
Make Your Own Green Cleaning Supplies: this resource has lots of clever ways to use natural ingredients to clean your home. It was shared with us by a Girl Scout during her research for her Green Living badge. Thanks, Luna!
Plastic container recycling: This article on “Ways to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle your Plastic Containers” has many great suggestions on what to with plastic containers. Of course our best option is to use as little plastic as possible, but it often shows up in our lives without us asking, so it is helpful to know how to handle it responsibly. Special thanks to Kelly Garcia, who located & shared this resource from her research project about reducing her environmental footprint on the earth.
Polystyrene Foam recycling: Check Dart’s map for drop-off locations for #6 polystyrene foam