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. 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, Call before dropping things off. No used car seats.

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

Newborn Baby clothes: 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 (

 Video games for hospitalized children can be donated at

Check with your library.

Clothing, Vintage  designate a charity, post photos and sell items online


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

Eagles Nest

Bill Guzze

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

Canton Village

Canton, CT


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:

Cell Phones:

At, 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., 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 or 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 : 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



Catholic Charities

will pick up furniture, not clothing


FISH – Beyond Shelter

Torrington, CT


Helps homeless people get set up with basic essentials    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


Needs List:


Paper goods


Cleaning Supplies

Clothing, Clean, in season, large sizes

Bedding and linens

Dishes and Glasses (without cracks or chips)

Pots and Pans


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


Knick knacks or decorative accessories


Holiday Decorations


Computers or printers


Torrington, CT

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

Hartford, CT


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

Salvation Army


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


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


Needs List:


Patio Furniture


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


 Men’s Clothing

 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.



 Infoshred LLC

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 who will send them to shelters around the world

 Sporting Goods and Fitness Equipment


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


Stuffed animals

 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, 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



 Women’s Clothing

 Dress for Success

Hartford, CT


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.