Instead of throwing something away, try donating it to someone who can make use of it! There are great local options for donating construction materials, electronics, food and organics, household items, surplus office equipment and furniture, and much more.
- Reuse Marketplace: Free regional network for buying, selling, trading or giving away surplus material.
- Boston Building Resources (BBR) Accepts donations of quality, used building materials for resale to low- and middle-income homeowners.
- Habitat for Humanity (HFH) ReStore Resale Outlets Multiple Massachusetts locations accept donations of surplus building materials and sell them to the public at far below retail prices.
- ReCONNstruction Center Connecticut-based materials reuse organization salvages unwanted but perfectly good building materials and resells them at affordable prices.
- Computers for Schools An association of computer refurbishers that reconditions donated computer equipment for education use and places it in schools.
- Goodwill Industries Lists Goodwill Industries locations that take donations of newer televisions and computers.
- National Cristina Foundation Accepts donated computers to give to people with disabilities and others at risk.
- Recycling & Reuse Assistance for Supermarkets
- Big Brother Big Sister Foundation Non-profit organization that collects donations of clothing and small household items door-to-door in more than 200 Massachusetts communities.
- Bikes Not Bombs Accepts used bicycles for reuse and refurbishes used bicycles for resale.
- Cradles to Crayons Accepts new and gently-used children’s clothing, books, toys, baby items, and school supplies.
- Craig’s List Buy, sell, or give away a wide range of household goods in your own region for free.
- The Freecycle Network Grassroots network of nearly 5,000 community-based materials exchange and reuse groups across the country and around the world. When members of local Freecycle groups have unwanted items, they offer them free to others who may be able to use them.
- National Association of Resale & Thrift Shops Membership organization representing thrift shop owners. Includes a shopping guide.
- Throwplace Post and find items to reuse, recycle, and refurbish.
- The Furniture Trust Boston-based non-profit organization that collections and distributes surplus office furniture for use by area non-profits and schools.
- IRN: The Recycling Network Cooperative that helps public and private organizations across New England achieve better efficiency and cost savings through waste minimization and recycling.