Donation and Recycling Resources

Most of my clients have too much stuff. Not junk, but really good stuff that they don’t need and is too good to toss. There are tons of folks who really need your extra stuff.  Donate it or Recycle it and make ROOM in your home or office. Your place will look great. You will feel lighter and you will make space for something new!

 Here are some donation and recycling resources to help you lighten your load:

Arts & Crafts Supplies:

Susan B. Anthony Project (860-489-3798) is a shelter for battered women in Torrington. Call to make arrangements to donate.

Family Services of Greater Waterbury, at 34 Murray St., Waterbury (203-756-8317), runs a center for young children and a safe house for children ages 3 to 12 and their siblings. It also provides individual, couples and family counseling.

www.made4aid.org will recycle knitting, painting and sewing supplies to artists and craftspersons and donates proceeds to Doctors without Borders.

Baby Items

World-Wide Lighthouse Missions, 723 Main St., Manchester, 860-645-4141, http://www.wwlm.org Call before dropping things off. No used car seats.

Gifts of Love, in Old Avon Village, 63 E. Main St., Avon (860-676-2323, www.giftsoflovect.org   accepts high chairs, strollers, newer cribs, baby items.

Newborn Baby clothes: www.newbornsinneed.org to donate to ill and impoverished babies

Bicycles

Catholic Charities, Migration and Refugees Services, 125 Market St., Hartford (860-548-0059, Ext 12) offers to do pickups.

The Hartford Catholic Worker, a non-government, non-church-supported agency, works with the poor in North Hartford. You can drop off working bicycles at18 Clark St., Hartford.

 Books

 Most libraries will take donated books for their fundraising sales.

 John Bale Book Company, Waterbury, CT – will come to you and bid on your collection. They also have  the resources to remove very large collections.

jbbks@yahoo.com

203.757.2279

On the Road Bookshop, Canton, CT – a small specialty book store. They are interested in rare and unusual books.

dba.book.store@snet.net

860.693.6029

Cars

Wheels For Wishes workw with Make-A-Wish Connecticut to turn old cars into wishes granted for local kids.

http://connecticut.wheelsforwishes.org/

At no charge, they tow away old, broken down vehicles and either recycle or auction them so that proceeds benefit your local Make-A-Wish Connecticut.

CDs, DVDs, Video Games, Books On Tape

The Clothes Horse Thrift Store, 175 Park Road, West Hartford (860-233-1411) is run by the Junior League of Hartford ( www.jlhartford.org).

 Video games for hospitalized children can be donated at www.getwellgamers.org

Check with your library.

Clothing, Vintage

www.webthriftstore.com  designate a charity, post photos and sell items online

Coins

 Easy to find coin dealers in the phone book. I use:

Eagles Nest

Bill Guzze

Avon, CT 06001

860.678.0790

 

Computer, Phone, Appliance and Electronics Recycling

This program helps the environment by providing a safe way to dispose of unwanted electronic devices. There is also an incentive to receive a gift card with each donation. 

 http://www.verizonwireless.com/b2c/splash/electronicdevicerecycling.jsp

 New England Appliance

220 Albany Tpke, Rt 44

Canton Village

Canton, CT

860.693.6337

Most recycling is free. A small fee is charged for CRT mercury removal.

Accepts refrigerators, freezers, washers, dryers, dishwashers, stoves, cooktops and most other electric appliances. Accepts Computers, CPUs, monitors, keyboards and all computer components, computer games, clocks stereo equipment, cameras, telephones, TVs, VCRs, CD players, etc.

Call for hours.

Cell Phones:  www.earth911.org

Cell Phones:  www.charityguide.org/volunteer/fifteen/cell-phone-recycling.htm

At Flipswap.com, you can recycle your old model and get credit at a store that sells cellphones, or get cash or make a donation to your favorite charity. The trade-in service is free for consumers and retailers with excess phones. Flipswap pays for shipping and handling.

YouRenew.com, a Connecticut company started by two Yale students, buys unwanted electronics, including cellphones. They resell those that work and recycle those that don’t; the company also makes a donation to CarbonFund.org or AmericanForests.org to offset the carbon footprint of mailing.

 Sell and Recycle   is a recycling initiative that pays for used cells phones and electronic devices. So far we have kept over 10,000 electronic devices out of landfills. Could yours be the next?

http://www.sellandrecycle.com

IPODS  and itunes :  www.musicandmemory.org will donate them to elderly patients with Alzheimer’s , MS and Cancer.

 

Eyeglasses

www.neweyesfortheneedy.org/impact/shipping.html

and

the CT Lions website

www.ctlions.org

to locate a drop site in your area. Most Optometrists, Ophthalmologists and Opticians have drop boxes.

 

General Household Goods:

Big Brothers and Big Sisters

Provides mentoring and friendship for young boys and girls.

Will pick up practically anything by appointment

1.888.413.2227

www.BBBS.org

 

Catholic Charities

will pick up furniture, not clothing

860.548.0059

FISH – Beyond Shelter

Torrington, CT

860.482.7300

Helps homeless people get set up with basic essentials

www.Freecycle.org    Advertise your free items online for free.

Gifts of Love

Helps families in need get set up in a home with basic living essentials.

Drop off at Old Avon Village

63 East Main St

Avon, CT

860.676.2323

www.GiftsofLove.org

Needs List:

Food

Paper goods

Toiletries

Cleaning Supplies

Clothing, Clean, in season, large sizes

Bedding and linens

Dishes and Glasses (without cracks or chips)

Pots and Pans

Silverware

Cooking utensils

Small appliances

Baby Items (Diapers, strollers, car seats, newer cribs, high chairs)

Essential pieces of furniture. Suitable for a small apartment

Does NOT Accept:

Shoes or boots

Used toys or stuffed animals

Books

Knick knacks or decorative accessories

Jewelry

Holiday Decorations

Artwork

Computers or printers

Goodwill

Torrington, CT

at the intersection of  Rtes. 202 and 183

860.489.8670

Drop off only

Will accept almost anything, including toys, and happily gives you a receipt.

Will NOT take Christmas, highchairs, car seats, cribs, mattresses.

Marines

203.639.8387

Will pick up household items by appointment.

My Sister’s Place

Hartford, CT

860-895-6629

Shelter for women and children.  Call to see what they need at the moment.

Salvation Army

1-800-95-TRUCK

Salvation Army will pick up by appt.

Accepts Bedding, mattresses

Will not take toys.

The Second Chance Shop in Simsbury supports the Village for Families and Children, Inc. in Hartford, CT.  They accept women, children’s and men’s clothing, shoes, purses, linens and items smaller than a breadbox. (no men’s suits).   They are open 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM Mon-Sat. (no pick ups available)  12 Station St. Simsbury, CT 06070.      860.658.7152 

Youth Challenge Mission for Women

32 Atwood St

Hartford, CT

Rev. Marva Downes, Director

860.527.2000

This is an 18 month live-in educational program for women recovering from drug addictions. Graduates receive assistance returning to their homes and the workplace.

Rev. Marva Downes, Director

860.527.2000

http://www.youthchallenge.org/

Needs List:

Computers

Patio Furniture

Brooms

Toiletries, Deodorant, toothpaste, hair conditioner, feminine products

Paper Towels

Laundry detergent and fabric softener

Vacuum cleaner

Twin size sheets and comforters

  Junk Mail and Catalog reduction

 Pre screen credit offers

1.888.567.8688

www.OptOutPreScreen.com

http://www.dmachoice.org/consumerassistance.php

www.catalogchoice.org

 Men’s Clothing

 Clothes Make the Man

40 Woodlawn St, Hartford

www.clothes-make-the-man.org

860-293-2909

Helps men return to the workplace by providing them with professional interview suits.

You can drop off men’s suits by appointment.

 

Shredding

 Infoshred LLC

www.infoshred.com

East Windsor, CT

888-800-1552

Very Secure, Certified facility

Very reasonable shredding rates. You can drop off or have them pick up. .

 

Sneakers

 www.nikereuseashoe.com

Good condition athletic shoes can be donated to www.oneworldrunning.com who will send them to shelters around the world

 Sporting Goods and Fitness Equipment

www.playitagainsports.com

www.sportsgift.org

949.388.2359

Stamp Collections

 Search for Stamp collectors online. Depending on the collection, you may need to contact a serious auction house. For small amounts, try:

Eagles Nest

Bill Guzze

Avon, CT 06001

860.678.0790

Stuffed animals

 Donate to children in war zones, refugee camps and orphanages

 www.lovinghugs.org

 

 Tools

Rebuilding Together is a national nonprofit with offices in Hartford, New Britain, Manchester, Litchfield County, Stamford/Greenwich and Springfield. For the nearest office, go to www.rebuildingtogether.org, and click on the map. Partial needs list: hand tools (hammers, saws, caulking gun, scrapers, putty knives, utility knives, pipe wrenches), yard tools (rakes, shovels, wheelbarrows, post hole diggers), step ladders, plastic drop clothes, painters’ tape, large scrub brushes, rags, building materials. Call for specific needs 

Coming Soon: Habitat for Humanity RESTORE in Bloomfield. They will be accepting all home building supplies.  

 Wheelchairs and Orthotics

NEAT at Oak Hill

http://neat.goodbaitdev.com/equipment/index.asp

860.243.2869

info@neatmarketplace.org

 

Suffield Emergency Aid

818.707.5664

800.937.2264

www.joniandfriends.org

www.cbmus.org

 Women’s Clothing

 Dress for Success

Hartford, CT

860-525-5025

Helps women return to the workplace by providing them with professional interview clothing.

You can drop off professional clothing by appointment.

This is just a starting list. I will be happy to add donation and recycling resources you may find. Please let me know if any of these sites do not work for you or if you have something to add.