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.
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
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.
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.
On the Road Bookshop, Canton, CT – a small specialty book store. They are interested in rare and unusual books.
Wheels For Wishes workw with Make-A-Wish Connecticut to turn old cars into wishes granted for local kids.
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.
www.webthriftstore.com designate a charity, post photos and sell items online
Easy to find coin dealers in the phone book. I use:
Avon, CT 06001
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.
New England Appliance
220 Albany Tpke, Rt 44
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
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?
IPODS and itunes : www.musicandmemory.org will donate them to elderly patients with Alzheimer’s , MS and Cancer.
the CT Lions website
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
will pick up furniture, not clothing
FISH – Beyond Shelter
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
Clothing, Clean, in season, large sizes
Bedding and linens
Dishes and Glasses (without cracks or chips)
Pots and Pans
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
Knick knacks or decorative accessories
Computers or printers
at the intersection of Rtes. 202 and 183
Drop off only
Will accept almost anything, including toys, and happily gives you a receipt.
Will NOT take Christmas, highchairs, car seats, cribs, mattresses.
Will pick up household items by appointment.
My Sister’s Place
Shelter for women and children. Call to see what they need at the moment.
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
Rev. Marva Downes, Director
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
Toiletries, Deodorant, toothpaste, hair conditioner, feminine products
Laundry detergent and fabric softener
Twin size sheets and comforters
Junk Mail and Catalog reduction
Pre screen credit offers
Clothes Make the Man
40 Woodlawn St, Hartford
Helps men return to the workplace by providing them with professional interview suits.
You can drop off men’s suits by appointment.
East Windsor, CT
Very Secure, Certified facility
Very reasonable shredding rates. You can drop off or have them pick up. .
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
Search for Stamp collectors online. Depending on the collection, you may need to contact a serious auction house. For small amounts, try:
Avon, CT 06001
Donate to children in war zones, refugee camps and orphanages
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
Suffield Emergency Aid
Dress for Success
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.