Recycling and Donation Resources

Over 99% of the things we purchase become trash within 6 months!

The following nationwide resources are provided to assist companies and families to recycle and donate unwanted goods.

Choose the category below to find specific resources. Please contact the organization directly for more detailed information. If you don't see your category or item mentioned, try National Recycling Resources for a listing of general recycling organizations that offer more information.

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Categories of Recycling


1-800-GOT JUNK?
Will pick up old furniture, appliances, yard waste, electronics and construction debris. Recycles items that can be recycled.

Appliance Help
This site offers specific resources to recycle appliances including air conditioners, clothes washer and dryer, microwaves, ovens, stoves.

ARCA, Inc.
Appliance Recycling Centers of America (ARCA) offers resources on how to recycle appliances in states where a ARCA contact is located.

Accepts only working appliances.

Habitat for Humanity
Habitat ReStores are retail outlets where quality used and surplus building materials, including appliances, are sold or used in building new homes.


Bags, Purses & Suitcases

Cycla, LLC
Assists Thrift Stores and other secondary businesses recycle their clothing, shoes, other textiles, purses, belts, backpacks, books, CDs/DVDs, toys, mixed plastics and household metals. Recycle That is a sister consumer-focused organization that partners with charities and community groups to provide fundraising opportunities via recycling for similar items.

Suitcases for Kids
The donate used bags and suitcases to children moving into or out of state care and shelters. Often these kids only have trash bags to carry their belongings. Distribution is only in the Massachusetts area but they accept donations nationwide. See the ‘donate’ page for more details and information.



Batteries Plus
Across the country, Batteries Plus stores accept all batteries for recycling.

Battery Solutions, Inc.
Accepts batteries from around the country. There is a small cost of .85 cents a pound to recycle your batteries which goes to support the program.

Rechargeable Recycling Battery Corporation
The Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC) can help you recycle your portable rechargeable batteries. These batteries are commonly found in cordless power tools, cellular and cordless phones, laptop computers, camcorders, digital cameras. They have drop off locations nationwide at Home Depot, Sears, Target and Staples. See their website for specific locations.

Western Disposal
Western Disposal, located in Boulder, CO, will accept all household batteries from local Boulder County residents. Batteries must be dropped off at their facility located at 5880 Butte Mill Road, Boulder.



Bicycles for Humanity
This organization collects used and broken bicycles across the globe to repair and recycle them. The re-purposed bikes are then shipped to community based organizations in developing countries. To recycle or donate bikes, contact the local USA Bicycles for Humanity chapter in your area.

Bikes for the World
They accept any adult or children's bicycles even ones that have a missing tire, seat or pedal. They also accept tandems, recumbents, adult tricycles, trail-a-bikes, and even unicycles. They also accept usable bicycle parts including tubes, tires, wheels, chains, pedals, saddles, cables, and mountain bike handlebars. The bicycle accessories they accept include helmets, pumps, locks, gloves, chains (for locks), bicycle books and manuals, and hand tools including general tools such as wrenches and screw drivers, as well as specialized bike tools. The bikes they collect are given to lower income people in developing countries.

Community Cycles
A Boulder, Colorado based program that refurbishes and recycles bikes for return back into the community.

Working Bikes Cooperative
An organization that collects used and old bikes and ships them to developing countries in South America and Africa. Drop off centers located throughout the IL state area. For shipping information please go to the website.



Blue Rectangle
Will buy used books and textbooks. Go to their website and log in the ISBN number to see if it is a book they will take. If so, they pay for shipping with our their postage-paid mailing label.

Books for Africa
This organization ships college text books, children's books, science and math books, dictionaries to African schools. Books must be in excellent to good condition. See website for more complete donation guidelines and shipping address.

Books for Soldiers
Offers a process that individuals can donate books, DVD's and games to U.S. troops directly. Individuals must register as an 'official volunteer' with the program and do pay for shipping directly. Troops prefer paper back books, magazines and comics. Most have access to DVD players. Click on the site's FAQs for more specific information and details on the program.

Literacy Link
This is a volunteer tutoring program operating in a small, rural community in Southwest New Mexico. They tutor adults and children, to those who are learning English as second language or cannot afford to buy books for themselves. They can use books for teens and adults primarily for their ESL Program. Donations can be sent via mail to their offices directly.

Public Libraries
All public libraries will accept used books. They will usually sort through them, add relevant ones to their own catalog and then sell remaining books in the annual book sales.

Recycle Books
They offer an outlet to donate new and used, unwanted books, DVDs, CDs, VHS tapes, textbooks, and software. They reuse most of the books donated. Books of value are sold to raise money for their organization, some are donated to other good causes and those books that cannot be placed are recycled for paper content. Local pickup available in the Denver area or you can send books to them from other national U.S. cities.

Sprout Classrooms
They purchase quality used classroom resources from retiring teachers, teachers who are changing grades, and teachers who are cleaning out their classrooms and then make the resources available to current teachers.

Used Book Stores
Most used book stores accept used books and will usually offer credit in their stores. Just Google 'used book store' plus your city and state and you will be able to find one near you.


Bottle Caps

Aveda now has a program that will recycle bottle caps, a material that has been in the past un-recyclable. They will accept all screw caps that are hard plastic, usually the #5 in the recycle arrows. This includes twist tops on bottles, flip tops from tube or food products and other screw-type rigid lids. Please do not send any flexible or soft lids like on tubs. For more details on type of caps and where to send them, email Aveda directly at

Weisenback Reycled Products
They accept clean plastic bottle caps, plastic jap caps, flip top caps from personal care products and flexible snap on lids (e.g. butter or dairy lids) and convert them into other products. They also accept all #5 plastic containers such as yogurt cups, butter tubs and some tupperware containers. You can ship them to 437 Holtzman Avenue, Colombus, Ohio 43205.



Carpet Recovery America Effort
Offers locations and sites across the U.S. that will recycle carpet.

ReVolve Carpet Recycling
Based in Broomfield, Colorado, ReVolve Recycling will recycle all commercial carpet. They do not have a website but are located at 3401 Industrial Lane, Broomfield, CO 80220. Phone: 720-212-9375,


Cars and Motor Vehicles

A 501(C)3 national non-profit car donation charity which accepts vehicles in any condition. The charity uses donations to provide reliable transportation to victims of domestic violence, military veterans, struggling families, and disabled children.

Action Donation Services
Offers nationwide service to donate a car, boat, motorhome, RV or truck to a non-profit organization. They provide free towing and process all required DMV and IRS documents for donors.

Cars for Causes
Accepts car donations, fixes them up and re-sells them in an 'affordable transportation' program for low-income families. They donate the proceeds to the donors preferred charity. They have over 10,000 various charities to choose from. Cars that cannot be repaired, are then recycled for parts and scrap metal.

Cars for Charity
A local Colorado non-profit organization that accepts cars for use with other non-profit organizations.

Charity for Causes
Charity for Causes is a religious based non-profit that accepts donated vehicles, sells them and then assists financially those people in need including low-income families, veterans, women, children as well as other non-profit organizations. They accept used cars, boats, trailers, RV's, campers and aircraft.

Compassion International
Compassion International supports children all over the world who live in poverty. They have partnered with iDonate which sells your items, and sends Compassion the proceeds. They will accept goods such as cell phones, laptop computers, desktop computers, tablets, vehicles, boats, jewelry, stock, real estate or gift cards.

Kars for Kids
The program is a national charity that provides free towing and a tax deduction certificate when you donate/recycle your car, motorcycle, RV, boat, trailer, jet ski, bus or snowmobile.

Vehicles for Charity
A local Colorado organization that will pick up old cars, auction them off and give the money to various local environmental non-profits in Colorado.

Wheels for Wishes
This Colorado based organization supports the Make A Wish Foundation with the proceeds of used donated vehicles. They accept as motor vehicles (both working and non-working) including cars, truck, motorcycle, SUV, RV or boats. They offer free pick up and towing in all U.S. states. They also provide a tax deductible receipt. See website for more details.


Cell Phones

Altrusa International
303-756-6158 (Marilyn Baker)
Local Colorado organization that accepts used mobile phones and donates them to the Donate a Phone campaign.

CITA is a wireless foundation committed to minimize the environmental impact of discarded cell phones. They have an extensive site of locations across the country to donate/recycle your old cell phone.

Call to Protect
They refurbish phones and donate them to domestic violence victims and professionals

Collective Good
Recycles and donates used mobile phones. Has over 50 different charities that you can directly donate your phone to just be downloading the form.

Sprint also offers either a buy-back or recycle program for their products. Over 90% of their phones are re-used and donated to charity.

Verizon Wireless
Verizon has two wireless cell phone recycling programs. One program is called HopeLine, which collects phones, refurbishes them and then donates them to victims of domestic violence. They also have a Wireless Trade In Program that customers can submit an online appraisal and receive a Verizon Wireless gift card, depending on the value of their phone. The gift card can be used to purchase new phone or accessories.

Wireless Recycling
A separate site sponsored by Recellular, Inc. a company that refurbishes used cell phones. They donate phones to major non-profit organizations around the world. See site for specific drop off locations in your area.


Children / Kids

Dawn Publications
Eco Books for Kids

Parenting Place
A non-profit based in Boulder that supports and educates local families about parenting. They accept donations of all children and baby items including clothing, toys, books, art supplies and diapers.

Wee Cycle
WeeCycle's helps low income families with infants and toddlers in the Denver metro area by providing them with new and gently used baby gear free of charge. They serve families with infants and toddlers affected by poverty, homelessness, domestic violence, teen pregnancy and under-employment. To donate, go to 'Give Gear' page to see local drop off locations in the Denver metro area. They only accept items for children 0 to 3 years old.

A local Colorado non-profit that gathers unwanted items from local businesses and upcycles them into interesting and unique learning activities. The accept a range of materials from individuals and companies including CDs, DVDs, bottle caps, corks, craft supplies, office supplies, small toys, fabric remnants, party supplies, lab equipment, magnets. Donations can be dropped off Tues-Sat or picked up.



Local Thrift Stores (see under Thrift Stores in your local directory)

American Friends Service Committee
Donates used clothing overseas to countries in need or disaster

Career Closet
Provides interview-appropriate clothing to disadvantaged women entering the workforce. Accepts business attire, shoes, jewelry, scarves and coats. Plus size clothing is needed. See website for locations to send or drop items off.

Clothes The Deal
Based in Los Angeles, Clothes The Deal assists low income men, women, and at risk youth empowering them to gain and sustain employment and achieve economic self sufficiency through employment success. They provide business clothing and training to help them gain employment and become self sufficient. Clothing donations must be sent to their Los Angeles facilities.

Cycla, LLC
Assists Thrift Stores and other secondary businesses recycle their clothing, shoes, other textiles, purses, belts, backpacks, books, CDs/DVDs, toys, mixed plastics and household metals. Recycle That is a sister consumer-focused organization that partners with charities and community groups to provide fundraising opportunities via recycling for similar items.

Dress for Success
A nonprofit that helps outfit low-income women with apparel for job interviews. Available in 24 cities.

Fairy Godmothers Inc.
Gives formal gowns, long bridesmaid dresses, dresses, shoes, evening bags, jewelry to high school girls from low-income families for their proms. Dresses must be fashionable and in good condition. This organization distributes dresses in the East coast area. See website for delivery addresses.

Making Memories Breast Cancer Foundation
The foundation sells used wedding dresses around the country to fulfill the wishes of terminally ill breast cancer patients. Accepts gowns, bridesmaids dresses, shoes, jewlry and other wedding accessories.

North Face
North Face has select retail stores that will accept used apparel and footwear that is any brand or condition. They have in-store bins to place the used items and will give you a $10 coupon as an incentive. The items collected are sent to a recycling center where they are sorted to be re-used or recycled. Recycled clothing and shoe products can be made into insulation, carpet padding, stuffing for toys and material for new clothing.

One Warm Coat
Gives coats to needy individuals and has locations around the country. Go to website to find a location in your area.

Through their 'Common Threads Garment Recycling Program', Patagonia will recycle customers worn out Capilene? Performance Baselayers, Patagonia fleece, Polartec? fleece from other manufacturers and Patagonia organic cotton T-shirts. Items can be dropped off at retail stores or sent to their Service Center in Reno, NV. See website for address.

Salvation Army
Will provide free pick up.

The Women's Alliance
Has alliance organizations around the country that provide business-attire clothing to low income women. For drop off locations, visit

ThredUp is an online used clothing store that only accepts name brand items. They send you a pre-paid shipping bag to put your used clothing in. ThredUp goes through the bag and selects the items they think they can sell and purchase them from you. The items they can't sell they give to their charitable partners and textile recycling companies. Learn more.



A-1 Organics
Based in Golden, CO they do accept commercial compost waste. Call to find out if they can pick up from your location.

Find a Composter
Offers a searchable data base to locate a composting facility in your area nationwide.


Computers / Electronics

Note: As of July 2013, Coloradans are no longer be able to dispose of consumer electronics in their household trash, as most "e-waste" is being banned from landfills based on the Colorado legislation SB12-133, Electronic Device Recycling Act. For more detailed information visit the Colorado department of Public Health and Environment.

Best Buy
Best Buy, through any of the U.S. stores, will take nearly any electronic device for recycling, with store credit offered for trade-ins with value. All products are recycled responsibly and third-party verified.

Beyond the Pod
They specialize in consumer electronics trade-in services. They pay the consumer for discarded, broken or un-wanted electronics. The consumer only pays for shipping. Available to U.S. based consumers.

Purchases used electronic equipment including ipods, cell phones, laptops, iphones and other electronic equipment.

Community Computer Connection
Accepts donations of equipment, which are then refurbished for non-profits and schools throughout Colorado. They accept any computers, regardless of age or functionality, network equipment including servers and switches, and working flat screen displays. They do not accept Apple computers.

Computers for Community
Collects computers and distributes them to people in the community, primarily schools. Accepts Apple computers.

Computers for Schools
Sponsored by the Technology Training Foundation of America they offer a program to have good computers donated to schools. See their 'how to donate' page for specifics of computer configurations that they request.

Corporate Recycling Programs
This site offers a full list of all the computer manufacturer and retail take back programs.
A team of environmental activists who believe that gadgets and green thumbs can go hand in hand. eCycleBest was created to employ a complete electronics recycling service, from buying old devices to giving them new life and selling them to on-the-budget gadget lovers. They recycle old phones, laptops and tablets for free and even purchase old electronics that still have market value. Go to their website to get instant money back quote.

Dell Computers
Customers who use the service receive on line discounts good for future purchases.

e-Cycle LLC
e-Cycle purchases cell phones and tablets for reuse and provides free recycling for all end-of-life mobile devices (cell phones, smartphones, tablets, e-readers) and accessories (cords, batteries and chargers). e-Cycle serves businesses and consumers in U.S. and provides free shipping and data deletion. e-Cycle is e-Stewards, R2 and ISO 14001 certified which ensures e-waste is recycled responsibly.

e-stewards is a non profit that is committed to responsible electronics waste. They have a list of certified electronic waste providers in the United States. These providers have been guaranteed to recycle the e-waste responsibly and meet the e-stewards standard.

Eco Cycle
Eco cycle is based in Boulder and computer equipment can be dropped off at their ‘hard to recycle’ location.

Electronic Industries Alliance
Provides consumers with information on recycling and reuse opportunities for used electronics. Including state and local collection programs, charitable organizations and recyclers that accept used electronics.

Electronics Recycling Initiative
This organization is sponsored by the EPA and the US Postal Service. They have an extensive list of computer recyclers in the country.

Electronic Recyclers International
Offers e-waste facilities in Colorado, California, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Texas and Washington. It recycles not only computer equipment but most electrical equipment used in offices. This company does offer certificates of destruction to ensure that all waste is being handled responsibly and ethically.

George Washington High School, Denver
The STEM/IT club accept used computers refurbish them to donate them to low-income students who can't afford one. The club works alongside IT specialists to learn the trade as well as offer a product to their fellow classmates in need. They will accept Mac and PC desktops and laptops. They will also accept monitors, keyboards and mice. They do ensure that all data is destroyed and will provide a certificate as well as a tax deductible receipt. To donate, email or call 720-445-6960.

Goodwill has a partnership with Dell called Reconnect that collects e-waste at local Goodwill locations. It is a program meant for residential consumers that can recycle their home computers and printers. All brands accepted. Go to the website to find a local Goodwill location that will accept e-waste.

Guaranteed Recycling Xperts (GRX)
GRX, located in Denver, Colorado, is a computer and electronics recycling company in the Rocky Mountain region that offers drop-off and pick-up service. GRX is a genuine recycler (NO landfilling, NO incineration, and NO exporting to third world countries) that guarantees data destruction.

My Boneyard
Offers free computer and electronics recycling across the country and even pays for shipping. They also provide a reward system for the more your recycle with their company. Go to website to complete the online form and they will email you a pre-paid shipping label.

National Center for Electronics Recycling
The National Center for Electronics Recycling (NCER) is a non-profit organization that offers information and sources for recycling electronics.

They offer an online service and have participating retail stores, such as Target, that will recycle used electronics such as ipods, iphones, cell phones and other electronic gadgets. Depending on the condition they will sell, upgrade or offer a trade-in program for your equipment.

Office Depot
Office Depot has a program called Tech Recycling Services. Customers purchase a "Tech Recycling Box" that is $5-$15 depending on size. Customers may fill it with as many computer and electronic devices as will fit in the box. Customers then bring the box, unsealed, to Office Depot where it will be responsibly recycled at a nearby facility.

R2 Stewardship Responsible Recycling Solutions
Based in Denver, they accept computers, appliances, batteries, cardboard, cell phones, copiers, stereo equipment, electronic equipment, ink cartridges, monitors, scrap metal, paint, plastic, printers, TVs and wire.

RepowerIT, LLC.
We buy and sell all kinds of used high end IT equipment made by Dell, Cisco, and HP including computers, servers, towers, mainframes, switches, routers, monitors, phones, cable and wire. We also accept and recycle all kinds of computer scrap, no matter how small or large it is. Based in South Florida but do service nationwide.

Salma Systems
Will purchase used Computers, Servers, Monitors, Cisco and Telephone systems. They also offer recycling facilities. Will need to call them directly to schedule or arrange pickup and shipment.

Sustainable Electronics Recycling International
SERI offers a third party certification process that ensures e-waste is disposed of responsibly. E-waste recyclers can obtain an R2 certification and then will be added to a database of their R2 certified e-waste recyclers in the United States.

Offers electronics recycling in the Denver/Boulder area. Will try to refurbish computers before recycling.

Technology & Recycling
Will pick up and dismantle old computers in Denver, CO. Can only accept large pick-ups from companies. Fee is charged.

The Toshiba Trade-In and Recycle Program provides you with a way to trade-in or recycle used, working technology products in exchange for a refund by mail.


Construction and Building Materials

C&A Floor coverings
Recycle old carpet and design it into new carpet. Deal with mainly corporate and business offices.

Center for Resource Conservation
The ReSource Yard salvages used building materials and resells them at great prices, making it possible to reuse and recycle building materials that are traditionally discarded during construction and demolition (C&D) and basic remodeling. ReSource Yard sales outlets are located in Boulder and Fort Collins in Colorado.

GreenCycling Homes
For Colorado residents this company offers pre-demolition interior recycling for homes before remodeling occurs.


Copy Machines

Technology Recycling
Will pick up and dismantle old copy machines in Denver, CO. Fee is charged, check website for latest pricing.



Recycles all wine corks and distributes them to make new materials made from corks. Click on "Get Involved" to find a local drop off location in your area.


Gott a Costume
They will accept adult and kids costumes. They do donate and sponsor non-profits, schools and community functions that need costumes and so rely heavily on individual donations. They can be shipped or dropped off at the Denver location at 15167 E. Hampden Avenue, Aurora.


Credit Cards / Gift Cards / ID Cards

EarthWork Systems
A company that recycles ID cards, credit cards, driver's license, library card, video rental card, membership cards, shopper discount cards, retailer gift cards, almost any plastic card. Ideally prefer larger shipments. You can send your old cards to Earthworks c/o Halprin Ind., 25840 Miles Rd., Bedford, OH 44146.


Discs (Floppy, CD-ROM, DVD)

CD Recycling Center of America
They recycle CD/ DVD's and their packaging free, the only cost you incur is shipping. Send directly to 68H Stiles Road, Salem, NH 03079.

Green Disk
Will accept all computer discs and CD ROMs. Does not pay for shipping and charges 10 cents per pound to recycle.



Lions Clubs International
The Lions clubs collect used eyeglasses and deliver them to regional Lions Eyeglass Recycling Centers (LERCs). LERC clean, sort by prescription strength and package the glasses which are then distributed to people in need in developing countries. You can mail glasses to 300 W. 22nd Street, Oak Brook, IL 60523. Or go to their site to find a local recycling center.

New Eyes for the Needy
Distributes glasses free worldwide. Accepts plastic and metal frames in any condition. Also accepts sunglasses and hearing aids.

Unite for Sight
Your eyeglasses (reading and distance) as well as non-prescription sunglasses will be distributed to children and adults in Nigeria, Malawi, Benin, Ghana, Uganda, Somalia, Cameroon, Congo, Guinea, Kenya, Tanzania, India, and Thailand.


Fishing Equipment

Berkley Recycling
Accepts fishing line and converts it into fish habitat structures. Some fishing store retailers have bins or it can be mailed to 1900 18th Street, Spirit Lake, Iowa 51360.



Emergence Family Assistance Assoc.
Will accept all dry goods that have not been opened. Donations can be dropped off at the back door.

Community Food Share
Accepts food donations

Denver Rescue Mission
A shelter for the homeless that accepts can and non-perishable food items.

Food Bank of the Rockies

Reconserve® is the largest recycler of bakery, cereal grain, snack foods, and related food by-products in the United States. They provide efficient removal and recycling services to the food and feed manufacturing industries nationwide. They process food waste from manufacturer's into a high-energy, palatable dried component for livestock feed, marketed under the DBP® brand.


Furniture & Housewares

A Bedder World
Based in Longmont, CO, they recycle not only mattresses, box springs and framers but also electronics, large furniture and appliances. You can drop off items or schedule a pick up. See website for details on pricing.

CSR Eco Solutions
Asocial enterprise dedicated to minimizing waste by donating and recycling corporate surplus furniture to local charities. They operate in the USA and Canada and accept any and all office furniture and equipment, regardless of location or condition.

Colorado Mattress Recycling
Based in Colorado Springs, CO they recycle mattresses, box springs, chairs and couches for a small fee.

Emergence Family Assistance Assoc.
Accepts all furniture for low-income families. Will pick up in Boulder, Louisville and Longmont areas.

Joy's Consignment Furniture
Based in the Denver, CO area, Joy's is a high-quality furniture consignment retailer. Click on Consignment Details for more specific information about furniture consignment.

Plain Jane Design
Anything but plain is a Boulder, Colorado based mosaic artist who reuses materials for her artwork. She accepts broken or chipped pottery, ceramics and mirrors that she re-purposes for her work. She also accepts musical instruments that can no longer be played.

Providers Resource Clearinghouse
PRC accepts donations in the Denver area from corporations and individuals of new and used office and household furnishings plus new office and household supplies, and finds new life for the items by recycling or redistributing them to other non-profits in Colorado and those individuals they serve for a small fee. Call directly to schedule a pick up.

Salvation Army
Will provide free pick up for most large furniture items. Advance notice must be given.

Spring Back Colorado
Based in Denver, CO, they recycle mattresses and bedding that can be dropped off or picked up.



The Humane Society of the U.S.
Will accept real furs as donations. They send them to wildlife rehabilitators who use the furs to comfort the orphaned wild baby animals they find every year.



Local Dry Cleaners
Most local dry cleaners accept the wire hangers.

Thrift Shops
Accept plastic and or wood hangers.


Hazardous Waste / Chemicals

Boulder, CO Area

Denver, CO Area


Hearing Aids

Family Hearing Center
The Family Hearing Center, based in Colorado, also will accept used hearing aids and donate them to charity and low-income families. They will also accept hearing aid batteries for recycling.

Lions Club International
The Lions Club has a program called "Hearing Aid Recycling Program (HARP) provides hearing aids for individuals with limited financial resources. They have Recycling Program Centers available in Canada, United States that individuals can drop off or mail hearing aids to them directly.

Sertoma Hearing Aid Recycling Program
The Sertoma Hearing Aid Recycling Program helps needy individuals obtain hearing aids. Many of our clubs work with non-profit organizations, hospitals, or school districts in their area to fund hearing aids or other hearing and speech related needs. Clubs collect used hearing aids, have them refurbished, and distribute them to people in need.

Starkey Hearing Foundation
Hear Now is a national non-profit program committed to assisting those permanently residing the in the U.S. who are deaf or hard of hearing and have no other resources to acquire hearing aids. Hear Now collects hearing aids for recycling purposes. Any make or model, regardless of age, can be donated to the hearing aid recycling program. Please see website for shipping address.


Industrial / Manufacturing

Repurposed Materials
Repurposed Materials deals in repurposing and re-using byproducts and waste of manufacturing and industry materials. They accept materials such as containers, materials, billboards, scrap conveyor belting, drums, street sweeper brushes, roof insulations, etc., that are a byproduct of manufacturing and commerce that can be re-purposed "as is".



Animal Defenders International
They will accept all unwanted jewelry including gold, silver, costume jewelery and watches. They can accept all jewelry whether it has been used, damaged, or broken. On their website shows an address for sending it to the UK headquarters. Email them for a direct shipping address for the U.S.


Junk Removal Companies

1-800-GOT JUNK?
Will pick up old furniture, appliances, yard waste, electronics and construction debris. Recycles items that can be recycled.

College Hunks Hauling Junk
College Hunks Hauling Junk? provides collegiate teams to remove junk quickly from anywhere within commercial or residential property. They donate a portion of revenues from each job to local college scholarship programs.

Gone for Good
A local Colorado company serving the Denver Metro area. They will come to your house or business and pick up items. Of those items they will resell, give to charity or recycle and try to reduce impact into the landfill.

Junk Genius
A franchised junk hauler with locations across the nation. They offer flat fee system.

Rubbish Works
A national US franchise that offers appliance, landscaping, commercial and household junk removal and recycling. They are able to recycle over 50% of the material they remove and are committed to disposing of junk items responsibly.


Keurig Cups

Grounds to Grow On
Keurig developed a K-cup recovery program. A company can order boxes (about $10 per box) that can be filled and then shipped to the recycler pre-paid. The K−Cup® pack is processed through a proprietary method, which separates the grounds from the actual plastic cup. The grounds are sent out for composting to be used in a variety of agricultural applications, the cup is then processed through Covanta Energy and are used in an energy-from-waste process. Keurig provides more information on their site.


Light Bulbs and Lamps

Lamp Recycle
Provides a list of resources nationwide on where to recycle various types of light bulbs and lamps.


Luggage / Suitcases

Suitcases for Kids
Donates suitcases to foster children who move from home to home. Suitcases are preferred but large duffel bags and backpacks are also accepted.


Medical Supplies

Sends medical supplies to countries all over the world.

Colorado Medication Take Back Project
The Colorado Medication Take-Back Project is a network of secure boxes for the collection of unused and unwanted household medications. The collection boxes can be found at eleven locations in the Denver front range and Summit County areas. The medications are collected and disposed of with other hazardous waste materials. They accept all prescription medications, over the counter medications, medication samples, pet medications, vitamins, medicated ointments and lotions and inhalers.

Faith Alive Foundation - Nigeria
Provides medical and social services, free of charge to thousands of patients living in extreme poverty and many with HIV/AIDS, through the Faith Alive hospital in Jos, Nigeria. They accept most medical and surgical supply donations from manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors of pharmaceuticals, medical supply companies, dentists, or optometrists. To donate, email Right Fit Global Missions and the Faith Alive International Coordinator at or or call 970-229-0936.

HELP International
Collects and distributes food, clothing, medical and humanitarian aid to individuals, communities in the U.S. along with international communities.

Medical Assistance Program (MAP)
Provides medicines to developing and poverty stricken nations. They accept all medical supply and medications donations from manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors of pharmaceuticals, medical supply companies or dentists or dental suppliers. To donate call 800-225-8550 and ask to speak with Connie Reed, Procurement Coordinator.

Project C.U.R.E.
ProC.U.R.E. is the linchpin Project C.U.R.E. program in which Project C.U.R.E. receives medical supplies and biomedical equipment from medical manufacturers, wholesale distributors, suppliers, hospitals, clinics, and individuals from around the U.S. Project C.U.R.E. maintains large warehouse facilities across the United States to receive these generous in-kind donations. Because of Project C.U.R.E.'s large international distribution network, most items can be accepted, and all donations are receipted for tax purposes. For more information or to find a life-saving home for your surplus and gently used equipment and supplies, please contact

Rainforest Health Project



Colorado Medication Take Back Project
The Colorado Medication Take-Back Project is a network of secure boxes for the collection of unused and unwanted household medications. The collection boxes can be found at eleven locations in the Denver front range and Summit County areas. The medications are collected and disposed of with other hazardous waste materials. They accept all prescription medications, over the counter medications, medication samples, pet medications, vitamins, medicated ointments and lotions and inhalers.

Medical Assistance Program (MAP)
Provides medicines to developing and poverty stricken nations. They accept all medical supply and medications donations from manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors of pharmaceuticals, medical supply companies or dentists or dental suppliers. To donate call 800-225-8550 and ask to speak with Connie Reed, Procurement Coordinator.


Office Supplies / Furniture

Facility Cycle
It's a free, online Colorado-based community resource for business owners, facilities managers, non-profits, commercial real estate professionals, and others to sell, trade, donate or recycle used office furniture.

Nature Conservancy of Colorado
Accepts various office supplies and office furniture & equipment.

Providers Resource Clearinghouse
PRC accepts donations in the Denver area from corporations and individuals of new and used office and household furnishings plus new office and household supplies, and finds new life for the items by recycling or redistributing them to other non-profits in Colorado and those individuals they serve for a small fee. Call directly to schedule a pick up.

A local Colorado non-profit that gathers unwanted items from local businesses and upcycles them into interesting and unique learning activities. The accept a range of materials from individuals and companies including CDs, DVDs, bottle caps, corks, craft supplies, office supplies, small toys, fabric remnants, party supplies, lab equipment, magnets. Donations can be dropped off Tues-Sat or picked up.



Note: Most paint and their cans are considered hazardous waste. If you do not recycle the paint, then it must be disposed of with your local hazardous waste collection.

Colorado Paint Recycling Centers
This list by Dave's Painting company, offers a comprehensive list of all facilities in Colorado that accept un-used or old paint. Be sure to call each resource to find out how they recycle it. Some organizations re-use the paint or give it away. Others treat it as hazardous waste or possibly recycle it using a certified paint recycler in the Colorado area.

Earth Paints
This Chicago based company has found a way to recycle old and unused latex paint. The paint is processed to be reused into new paint or specialty type cements. They also recycle the paint cans. Click on 'Locations' to find a paint collection center in the Illinois or Wisconsin areas. Call them directly if outside that area.

GreenSheen is based in Centennial, Colorado and can recycle interior and exterior paint and the plastic and metal paint containers. They only accept latex paint (not oil or other chemical based paint) that is in liquid form and in the original packaging. Make sure not to consolidate partially full cans of paint, keep them in the original container no matter what the quantity. There is a small fee to recycle but they will give you a coupon for a good discount on the purchase of GreenSheen's recycled paint. Visit their contact us page to schedule a drop off or pick up.

Local High Schools
Unused water-based paint (especially neutral colors) can be donated to local high schools who do set design for musical productions and performances. Call your local high school to inquiry directly.

PaintCare plans and operates paint stewardship programs in the United States. PaintCare has programs in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Maine, Minnesota, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Vermont. States with PaintCare, have paint drop-off locations that are usually paint retailers who volunteer to take back certain paint products. To find a drop off location in your area, view their Drop Off Location Map.

Paint Genius
Paint Genius provides paint disposal & recycling options for Colorado residents, contractors, businesses and organizations. They will pick up un-used paint in turn for three referrals. Complete their online form to schedule a pick up.


Pantyhose & Tights

No Nonsense
No Nonsense collects all brnads of hose, tights and kneehighs which are then recycled into other products. Go to their site and download a mailing label, put them in a box or mailer and send them directly to their manufacturing plant.


Peanuts and Packing Material

Alliance of Foam Packaging Recyclers
This assocation supports the recycling of expanded polystyrene (EPS), which is the lightweight stryrofoam type of packing material that comes in shipments. They have a mail back recycling option or it can be dropped off at one of their U.S. packaging drop off locations.

Plastic Loose Fill Council
Consumers can drop off their leftover plastic packing peanuts at Peanut Hotline collection sites. There are over 1,500 collection sites in the US. Go to the site to enter your state to find a location near you.

Shipping Stores
Most local shipping stores will also accept used and clean peanuts, packing material and cardboard boxes. Make sure to call beforehand to see what type of items they will accept.

UPS Brown Stores
The UPS brown stores will accept clean bubble wrap and peanuts to reuse as packing materials.



The Pen Guy
Costas Schuler is a graphic and web designer based in San Francisco. He collects worn out pens and uses them for art projects. He is known for his "Mercedes Pens" art car that has over 10,000 pens glued to the body. Pens can be mailed directly to Costas. The address is located on his website.


Pet Supplies

Humane Society
The local humane society dedicated to caring for abandoned animals will always accept used pet supplies. Humane societies are located across the U.S. In particular they need food bowls, leashes, pet food (unopened and not expired), dog and cat toys, pet bedding, used towels and sheets and unused medication. Make sure these items have been washed and are free from pet hair. This link will take you to the Humane Society of the U.S. to find the local shelter in your state and city.

Colorado Based Animal Shelters
This link by Animal Shelter will take you to a listing of all animal shelters located in Colorado. It will provide you a link to the animal shelters website. On most of the websites, they will have a listing of the type of pet products and supplies they need.


Plastic Containers and Packaging

Most #1 and #2 bottle plastic containers are recycled in most U.S. local recycling facilities. However #3, #4, #5, #6 and #7 plastic containers are usually not widely accepted. Here are some recycling factilities that do accept the hard to recycle plastic containers and packaging:

Plastic Bag Recycling
They provide a list of all types of plastic bags that can be recycled and a list of drop off locations in all U.S. states.

Preserve's Grimme 5 Program
Accepts all #5 plastics containers, brita pitcher filters. They have recycle bins at select Whole Foods Markets and materials can also be shipped to them directly. See website for details.

A company that transforms packaging waste into re-useable products. They accept candy wrappers, cereal bags, cheese packaging, cookie bags, chips, corks, drink pouches, laundry detergent pounches, energy bar wrappers, gum packaging, solo cups, scotch tape, yogurt containers, wine pouches, tortilla bags. Go here to see a full list of all the brands and waste items they collect.

Tom's of Maine and TerraCycle
Tom's of Maine and TerraCycle will recycle empty and used toothpaste tubes, toothbrushes, floss containers, mouthwash bottles, soap packaging, and antiperspirant and deodorant containers. Shipping is provided and can be downloaded on the site. You can download and post this great visual poster to a box to remind your family of the type of items that can be recycled. They accept all brands of these products, not only Tom's of Maine.

Weisenback Reycled Products
They accept clean plastic bottle caps, plastic jap caps, flip top caps from personal care products and flexible snap on lids (e.g. butter or dairy lids) and convert them into other products. They also accept all #5 plastic containers such as yogurt cups, butter tubs and some tupperware containers. You can ship them to 437 Holtzman Avenue, Colombus, Ohio 43205.


Printer, Toner & Ink Jet Cartridges
247inktoner offers free printer cartridge recycling from any U.S. or Canadian location. They pay for shipping and only request that 8 minimum cartridges be sent at one time.

Recycle Free
Recycles empty inkjet and laser cartridges for FREE. They will pay $1 for each returned cartridge. For envelopes go to your local CompUSA store.

Hard Copy Recycling
Recycles inkjet and laser cartridges

Hewlett-Packard's Planet Partners Recycling Program

Ink Guides
Offers information on how to recycle ink and toner cartridges and also list nationwide printer cartridge recycling programs.

Recycle Place
Will accept most inkjet, laser and toner cartridges and will offer money back anywhere from ten cents to a dollar depending on the type of cartridge. Will accept cartridges from companies, schools and individuals. Click on 'How to Collect' for more information on shipping procedures.

Xerox Corp.



Cycla, LLC
Assists Thrift Stores and other secondary businesses recycle their clothing, shoes, other textiles, purses, belts, backpacks, books, CDs/DVDs, toys, mixed plastics and household metals. Recycle That is a sister consumer-focused organization that partners with charities and community groups to provide fundraising opportunities via recycling for similar items.

Eco-Cycle Hard-to-Recycle Items
Boulder-based Hard-to-Recycle items accepts old, worn tennis shoes that are made into recycled flooring.

Nike Reuse a Shoe
Recycles shoes to foreign countries. Worn out shoes are recycled into courts, tracks and playgrounds.

One World Running
Since 1986, a group of runners in Boulder, Colorado, has collected, washed and sent to Third World countries new and "near-new" athletic shoes, T-shirts and shorts, along with medicine and school and art supplies. Shoes in good condition can be donated and sent or dropped off at the designated locations.

Soccer For Life, Inc. Special Project - Project Athletic Shoes For Youth Empowerment
Soccer For Life, Inc is a non-profit organization which collects sports gear, uniforms, soccer cleats, athletic shoes, and sneakers and distributes them in Honduras. 954-812-7431

Sole 4 Souls
Soles4Souls facilitates the donations of shoes, which are used to aid the hurting worldwide. Shoe companies, retailers, and individuals can donate footwear (both new and used). Soles4Souls is a 501(c)3 recognized by the IRS, and donating parties are eligible for tax advantages.

Shoes for the Cure
A professional recycling company that partners with non-profit organizations to do shoe recycling. Essentially, a secure box is displayed for the shoe recycling at the non-profit's location. Then, depending on the amount of shoes received the non-profit will receive money. Contact them directly to set up a 'Shoe Drive'.

Wildize Foundation
This Colorado-based organization accepts hiking boots and tennis shoes for the African Rangers who patrol the parks and wilderness areas. Send items directly to them at: PO Box 3078 Aspen, Colorado, USA 81612


Sewing Materials / Textiles

Calling All Angels, 303-954-9146
A local Colorado organization that sews and knit blankets, hats, mittens, etc. for veterans, women's shelters, hospice and homeless. Will accept thread, buttons, trimmings, yarn and textiles. Call to arrange for pick up or drop off.


Sporting Goods / Outdoor Gear

Boulder Ski Deals
Accepts skis, snowboard boots, ski boots, bindings, poles and snowboards for recycling. Usable equipment will be donated to charitable and domestic programs. Equipment that cannot be reused will be shredded and made into new products.

Boulder Sports Recycler
Based in Boulder, they accept most sporting goods equipment that is in good condition for consignment.

Based out of New Mexico, they accepts used backpacks and other outdoor gear for reuse in the mountaineering community in the United States and throughout the world. Please go to website for contact information and to view list of items needed.

Golf Clubs
Used golf clubs can usually be donated to local high school clubs. Reach out to the coach or athletic department of your local school. Most thrift stores will also accept used golf clubs.

Green Guru Gear
This Boulder based company is able to recycle nationally bike and outdoor gear including; climbing rope, tent and rain flys, road and mountain bike inner tubes, and neoprene wetsuits. They recycle these materials to make new outdoor gear. There are collection locations in most major cities and states or it can be mailed directly to their Boulder location. For specific questions email them at

Green Mountain Ski Furniture
Based out of Vermont, they also reuse old skis to custom build furniture or will resell old skis. They will pick up in the New England area only. They will accept shipments but will not pay the cost of shipping.

Mountain Equipment Recyclers
MER is based in Colorado Springs and offers consignment or donation options for used outdoor, sports and mountain equipment. The consignor delivers (via drop off or mail) their gear to the store in Colorado Springs. When the items sell, the consignor receives a percentage of the selling price either in cash or store credit. Items donated contribute to a greater cause! 50% of the sale of donated gear is given directly to local non-profit organizations assisting military veterans. For more information on types of equipment to donate, please email them at

Passages Northwest
This organization inspires girls and young women of diverse backgrounds to discover leadership skills through outdoor exploration. Takes tents, sleeping bags, day packs and hiking boots for women or girls. Call 206-286-8601 to find out where to send items to.

Play it Again Sports
Donate used sports gear at local retail store ‘Play it Again’. They donate to non-profit kids sports programs.

They restore old tennis balls that have lost their bounce. Go to their website to complete form to receive a prepaid shipping label. For more details email them at

Recycle Your Mat
The Manduka yoga mat company now recycles all brands of old, torn or dirty yoga mats. They don't accept natural rubber mats (e.g. Manduka eKO or Jade mats). You can mail the old mats to 1323 SE 6th Avenue, Portland, OR 97214.

This Aspen, CO based company reuses old skis and snowboards and creates outdoor furniture and household items.

Based out of Massachusetts, they makes chairs and ottomans out of skis, snow boards, hockey sticks, baseball bats and golf clubs. Also sells do-it-yourself plans to create these items out of your own materials.

Snow Sports Recycling Program
Based in Colorado, this organization helps to recycle all snow sports equipment. They have over 40 drop off locations around Colorado. See website for exact locations. It is affiliated with the Waste-Not Recycling program.

Sports Gift
Donates used sports equipment to the world’s impoverished children. Will accept individual donations along with sports teams, leagues, clubs or schools. Based in LA goods can be dropped off at their location or mailed. See website for specific list of types of sports equipment accepted and mailing directions.



Their hard to recycle items drop off center located on Old Pearl Street in Boulder will accept Styrofoam.

Timbron International
They accept all clean styrofoam items (except for packaging peanuts) that don't have paint, stickers, tape on them.

V&G Styro Recycle
This company is based out of Renton, Washington. They have local drop off centers. You can also mail your Styrofoam to them directly.


Telephones & Smartphones

Call to Protect
Refurbishes old cell phones or smartphones and donates them to organizations commited to helping victims of domestic violence. Make sure to deactivate your phone service, turn the phone off and leave the battery attached. You can mail the phone to US Postal Service, PO Box 9998, Dexter, MI 48130 or download the mailing label here.

Cell Phones for Soldiers
This organization donates used cell phones to American servicemen and women deployed overseas who often do not have an affordable option to call home. Phones call be mailed directly to their offices based in Fort Worth, TX or they have hundreds of drop off locations in the US and abroad. See their website for exact details.

eRecycling Corps
Offers a trade-in or restore service for all cell phone and mobile devices.

Wireless Alliance
They accept cell phones, smart phones, PDAs, iPods, digital cameras, and iPads regardless of age or condition. They also accept charges, rechargeable cell phone batteries, phone accessories including Bluetooth, air cards, clips and cases as well as the paper manuals and plastic packaging. They will pay for shipping.

Telephones are considered electronic waste and can be recycled with e-waste providers. Most of the large cell phone providers, Sprint, AT&T and Verizon also have recycling programs available.



Domestic Metals and Plastics
Will recycle all used or broken children's plastic toys. They have drop off locations in Southern California. Or items can be mailed and they have downloadable shipping labels.


Trophies & Plaques

Lamb Awards and Engraving
A company based in Maryland that will accept used and/or damaged trophies. They will donate matching sets to charities and ones damaged will break down and use for parts. Please send them an email before sending at and include "recycling" in your subject line.

Total Awards & Promotions
6686 Odana Rd. Madison, WI 53719



Tyvek Materials

Dupont Tyvek Recycling Program
Tyvek envelopes and other materials are made from #2 plastic and can be recycled however, not in your regular curbside recycling programs. DuPont has partnered with Waste Management to offer a recycling kit. All Tyvek type materials including banners, signs, envelopes, wristbands and other printed Tyvek materials are accepted and when recycled are re-purposed for decking, playground equipment and pipes. Order the Tyvek recycling kit.


Video/Audio Cassettes

Eco Disk
Recycles all audio cassette tapes.

Green Disk
Will accept all VHS and audio tapes. Does not pay for shipping and charges 10 cents per pound to recycle.


Water Bottles

Metal Water Bottles: All metal water bottles can be recycled in single stream recycling and/or scrap metal recycling. Be sure to remove any plastic caps.

Plastic Water Bottles: Look for a #1, #2 or #5 on the bottom of the plastic bottle. If it has those numbers, most can be recycled in single stream recycling.

Insulated Water Bottles: Insulated water bottles cannot be recycled intact, they must be separated in order to be recycled. Polar Bottles provide instructions on how to take apart water bottles as well as will accept them for recycling and offer a coupon towards a new Polar water bottle.



Clear Intentions
Clear Intentions is a minority woman-owned and operated business located in Denver, Colorado that diverts glass from landfills and processes it into a high-quality crushed glass. They focus on convenient collection for communities and businesses via drop-off locations and glass valet pick-up. They accept most consumer glass (wine, liquor, beer bottles and food jars) and Industrial glass (windows). Refer to their site for the items they do not accept.



Xray Film Recycling
They pick-up your outdated / end of life X-Ray and MRI film anywhere in the US for silver recovery purposes. Their X-Ray recycling program includes a free pick-up and cash back for your x-ray films. They also provide a HIPAA compliant certificate of destruction for your film including paper jackets and all other medical related records we receive along with it. The B.W. Recycling vendor is licensed and registered with the Environmental Protection Agency, and the process is 100% eco-friendly.


National Recycling Resources
Offers a recycling location database with resources nationwide in the U.S. They also have a great blog and resources on other items related to recycling and donation used materials.

Donation Town
An organization that connects donators and local charities all over the U.S. to donate clothes and household items. You can arrange pick up service directly on the site. Donation Town does not charge charities or donors to use their website.

Earth 911
This site offers recycling and reuse information for almost anything. You can enter your zip code and it will list recycling facilities or re-use options in your area.

Excess Access
This organization matches up donors of goods to area non-profits, schools, government organizations, etc., that have a designated wish list of items needed.

The Freecycle Network™ is made up of many individual groups across the globe. It's a grassroots movement of people who are giving (& getting) stuff for free in their own towns. Each local group is run by a local volunteer moderator. See site for more details.

National Recycling Coalition
This is a national non-profit advocacy group with members that span all aspects of waste reduction, reuse and recycling in North America.

Raymond Communications
An organization that tracks global and state wide legislation on recycling. It has newsletters of state recycling laws, electronic recycling and international recycling laws.


Donation Valuation Guidelines

Salvation Army
Go under "Ways to Give" and then Valuation Guide. This guide offers low to high end possible values.

Bank Rate
This guide actually will configure automatically total amounts. Each topic also has a downloadable PDF.

Money for Your Used Clothing booklet

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