Recycle or Donate

How often have you held onto something you no longer need or use because it’s still in good working condition or it still looks good? I know how hard it can be to let go of items you feel are still useful, but how about donating them to someone else who will use them right now? For almost anything you have that you don’t need or want, there is someone who can use it and would be happy to get it.

Listed below are suggestions and links for information about donating, recycling or stopping junk mail, or just hauling away what is left.

DONATING

General (furniture, clothing, appliances)

Goodwill Industries
Out of the Closet
The Salvation Army
or call 1-800-95-TRUCK or 1-800-958-7825
The ARC of Ventura County

Eyeglasses
The Lions Club cleans and repairs prescription glasses and distribute to those in need. Glasses can be dropped off at LensCrafters locations.

Office Related Items
LA Shares accepts donations of new and gently used office furniture and supplies and redistributes them to non-profits and schools in Los Angeles. For a complete list of the items they accept, click here or send an email to donate@lashares.com

DVDs
Kid Flicks creates video libraries for children’s hospital wards by taking donating DVDs and distributing them.

Books
Donate books you no longer want to your local library or to a local senior citizens center.

Cell Phones
Donate phones to Cell Phones for Soldiers or The Wireless Foundation – Call to Protect program, which enables people to donate cell phones that are refurbished and distributed with funds raised going to organizations working to end domestic violence.

Shoes
Recycle tennis shoes through Nike’s Reuse a Shoe program. Watch the video here

Another great charity for used shoes is Soles4Souls.

Baby Clothing and Supplies
Baby2Baby supplies Los Angeles families in need with essential baby gear and clothing for children from infants up to 4 years old. They collect and distribute new and gently used items through a network of community-based organizations.

RECYCLING

To learn more about recycling all kinds of Household Hazard Waste in the Los Angeles area, click here.   This site lists locations for e-waste recycling and has a calendar of e-waste events.

Earth911 has a wealth of information about recycling glass, plastic, metal and all kinds of electronic waste.

Global Recycling Network lists resources and information for recycling.

To find out where to recycle packing peanuts, click here

JUNK MAIL

Catalog Choice allows you to reduce the number of unwanted catalogs you receive.

Remove yourself from junk mail lists. Find out how here.

HAULING IT AWAY

If you have items that just don’t fit any of the above categories for recycling or donating, call for a pickup from Clean Up America or 1-800-GOT-JUNK.com

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