Not sure where to take all that extra stuff?
Refer to the comprehensive
Donation & Disposal Guide below.
Disclaimer: This list is for informational purposes only and does not constitute implied endorsements or recommendations. It is recommended that you conduct your own due diligence to ensure that the companies you associate with or donate to are in alignment with your own personal values.
DONATION & DISPOSAL RESOURCES IN ALPHA ORDER
- Treasures 4 Teachers www.treasures4teachers.org
- Changing Hands (Tempe & Phoenix locations) www.changinghands.com
- Bookman’s Used Books, Movies, Music & More www.bookmans.com
- Half-Price Books www.hpb.com
- Little Free Libraries www.littlefreelibrary.org
- Community libraries – contact your local library and ask about Friends of the Library donations.
(also see Estate Sales, Auctions, Consignment below)
Fire stations, Walgreen’s, and other businesses throughout the Valley have drop bins in their parking lots. The bins specify what they will and will not accept.
Below are more specific types of donation sites:
- Bra Recyclers – They accept gently used, freshly laundered bras and new panties. (480) 998-2283, www.brarecycling.com.
- Armed Forces Military Clothing Re-purposing (Soulcare in Surplus), Jessica Zaneis, www.soulcareinsurplus. Jessica makes messenger bags, purses, knapsacks, and other creative items from re-purposed military uniforms and head gear. They are one-of-a-kind and beautiful.
- Dress for Success Seeking gently-used clothing to help give women a new start in the job market. Located at 1024 E. Buckeye Road, Suite 165, Phoenix. Visit phoenix.dressforsuccess.org or call (602) 489-7397.
- Fairy Godmothers Inc. They host an annual spring “Cinderella Affair” (dates vary) to provide a special prom experience for high school girls. Donate gowns, formal attire, accessories, shoes, handbags at 4411 N McKemy, Chandler, AZ fairygodmothersinc.org/donate/.
- Homeward Bound Accepts clothing and household items to benefit homeless, women and children, victims of domestic violence. homewardboundaz.org/get-involved/in-kind-donations/ or call (602) 263-7654.
- Jeans, Denim, Levi’s – Madeline Dolgin creates new clothes out of your old denim. firstname.lastname@example.org
- Nancy’s Closet (Queen Creek, AZ), Nancy Haggerty (480) 239-1069. Nancy’s Closet is a resource center where families and individuals can obtain fashionable clothing items on a GIVE. GET. TRADE. basis. Each item is personally inspected, laundered, and/or sanitized with plant-based/natural products. By appointment only.
- Soles 4 Souls Facilitates the donations of shoes, soles4souls.org/get-involved/give-shoes/donate/ or call (866) 521-7463.
- UMOM Helping the homeless in Arizona. See In-Kind Donations Wish List at umom.org/in-kind-donations/#current_in-kind_needs or call (602) 275-7852.
- Walk A Mile In My Shoes Providing shoes for those who have none. Call Rev. Donna Christine Park at (480) 373-5930 to donate or to set up a shoe drive. Visit www2.guidestar.org/profile/80-0682804.
GLASSES & HEARING AIDS
Lions Club International accepts donations at Wal-Mart Supercenters, community clubs, and at the corporate offices located at 3427 N 32nd Street, Phoenix. www.lionsclubs.org/en/resources-for-members/resource-center/eyeglass-recycling-centers
ELECTRONICS/LIGHT BULBS/CELL PHONES/COMPUTERS
Batteries Plus stores accept batteries and light bulbs. www.batteriesplus.com/t/recycling.
They also are a drop off location for AZStRUT (AZ Students Recycling Used Technology) for small quantities of computers, laptops, batteries, printers, ink cartridges, and other electronics. Large quantities can be scheduled for pick up, or dropped off at Stardust Building Supplies on Tuesdays & Thursdays at 1720 W Broadway Rd, Mesa, AZ azstrut.org/where-to-donate/
- Many safe shelters accept newer model smart phones.
- AZStRUT (AZ Students Recycling Used Technology) azstrut.org/where-to-donate/. They will also pick up if it is a large donation (see BATTERIES above for more information).
- Lions Clubs accept batteries and cell phones.
- Verizon’s HopeLine Program – Supports victims of domestic violence nationwide.
COMPUTERS/ELECTRONICS, DATA DESTRUCTION
- AZ StRUT (Students Recycling Used Technology) – This 501c3 (non-profit) teaches students technology skills, refurbishes computers for schools and non-profits. Acceptable donations: computers, hard drives, monitors, printers, stereo systems, DVD and VHS players. Drop off locations can be found at azstrut.org/where-to-donate/.
- Best Buy will recycle laptops, desktops, printers, and monitors.
- eGreen IT Solutions is a woman-owned enterprise that holds several certifications in the responsible disposal and recycling of electronics (including television sets) and data. Visit egreenitsolutions.com/ or call (602) 566-9742 for more information.
- Visit earth911.com/recycling-guide/how-to-recycle-fluorescent-tubes/#recycling-locator for a location near you.
Visit www.earth911.com for a recycling center near you.
Staples, Best Buy, Office Depot, and Office Max have recycling programs.
ESTATE SALES & CONSIGNMENT STORES
Reminder: Inclusion on the list does not imply endorsement. Do your own research.
- Locate an estate sale company near you, www.estatesales.net/companies
- Clutter Sweepers Estate Sales Pamela Mullavey, (480) 363-4575, www.cluttersweepers.com
- Maxsold.com – contact Andrea Brundage for a referral at (480) 382-1085
- My Sister’s Closet (clothing) www.mysisterscloset.com
- High Society Resale Boutique (designer clothing) www.highsocietyresale.com
- Turn Style Consignment (clothing and household) www.turnstyle.com
- Baby Bloomers (kids’ clothing) www.azbabybloomers.com
Furniture & décor
- My Sister’s Attic www.mysistersattic.com
- Terri’s Consign & Design www.shopterris.com
- Airpark Consignment www.airparkconsignments.com
- Play It Again Sports (sporting equipment) www.playitagainsports.com
See SELL IT YOURSELF
- Facebook Marketplace
- Offer Up
- Cave Creek: www.cavecreek.org/index.aspx?NID=314
- Chandler: www.chandleraz.gov/default.aspx?pageid=237
- Glendale: www.glendaleaz.com/sanitation/recycling/
- Mesa: www.mesaaz.gov/residents/solid-waste-trash-recycling
- Phoenix: www.phoenix.gov/publicworks/recycling
- Scottsdale: www.scottsdaleaz.gov/recycle
APPLIANCES, PAINT SUPPLIES, CHEMICALS & COMBUSTIBLES
Contact your local city government office for drop off locations or community bin events. Do NOT place these in a garbage receptacle.
BEDS, LINENS, PILLOWS
- Contact local safe houses, animal rescues, humane societies, etc.
- Bridging AZ Serving veterans, children, and people with physical and mental disabilities. They will accept some small furniture, mattresses (no stains) and box springs. See full list of acceptable donations here. Visit www.bridgingaz.org or call (480) 375-5454.
- Goodwill Some stores recycle mattresses and bedding. Contact the Goodwill office near you to confirm. www.goodwill.org.
- Habitat for Humanity Is dedicated to building simple, decent and affordable homes for families of modest means. Gently used building materials, household items, fixtures are accepted at the restore locations www.habitat.org.
- House of Refuge Located in the East Valley, HoR is seeking new clothes, new linens, unopened toiletries, laundry detergent, cleaning supplies. They also accept gently used clothing, household items and decor, books (especially children’s books), gently used furniture, and non-expired pantry items. Visit www.houseofrefuge.org for more information or to schedule a pick up or call (480) 988-9842 or for donations, call (480) 988-9395.
- St. Vincent DePaul Is an international non-profit organization dedicated to serving the poor and providing others with the opportunity to serve. They accept most gently used furniture, appliances, clothing and household items. Home pickups can be scheduled or you can drop off at one of their locations. www.stvincentdepaul.net or schedule pickup at www.stvincentdepaul.net/give/schedule-pickup. For more information, call (602) 254-3338, extension 1.
CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS, CABINETRY, HOUSEHOLD
Stardust Building Supplies www.stardustbuilding.org/ (4 Valley locations)
Donate outdated, excess, or gently used cabinetry, building materials, appliances, furniture and more. SBS offers deconstruction service and will pick up your donations.
MOVING SUPPLIES (Sustainable, earth friendly)
Rent moving crates from Green Bin instead of buying cardboard boxes. The bins are sturdy, stackable, do not require tape, and reduce cardboard consumption. Order bins from www.rentgreenbin.com for up to four weeks. Bins will be delivered to your doorstep. Rental includes bins, dolly, 100% recycled packing paper, and labels. Once you are finished with the bins, Green Bin will pick them up. Serving metro Phoenix and surrounding areas. Bins measure 27L x 17W x 12H and offer 3.2 cu feet of storage. Call (602) 688-9956 for more information.
OFFICE & CRAFT SUPPLIES
- Treasures 4 Teachers www.treasures4teachers.org – One of my personal favorite donation spots, and depending on the size of the donation, they will pick up! T4T offers a huge warehouse with low cost or free supplies for teachers, or those who teach children in non-traditional ways (think homeschoolers, nursery, church, etc). They also accept clothing, which is then sold by then pound and the proceeds go to buy brand new supplies for teachers.
- Designing Women of Arizona www.facebook.com/DesigningWomenOfAZ/ (480) 275-6474 – Non-Profit floral school accepts used floral vases, baskets, and other containers, good silk flowers, Christmas items. They can pick up your donations. Background: They offer a six-month course to victims of domestic violence, the homeless, and many others to learn floral arranging, window displays, customer service, how to dress for success, guest speakers, and much more.
Please do not flush medications down the toilet. This includes:
- Prescription medications and samples
- Prescription patches and ointments
- Over-the-counter medications (allergy, pain, cold remedies)
- Vitamins, supplements
Arizona Crime Prevention Association http://www.acpa.net. For a map of drop off locations near you, visit www.acpa.net/arizona_drug_disposal_locations.aspx
AWARxE Prescription Drug Safety www.AWARxE.org
PHOTOS / VIDEOS
Costco, Walgreen’s, CVS, Wal-Mart, Target Check their photo departments for available services.
Home Video Studio Anything video or photo related, Michael Regan, scottsdale.homevideostudio.com (480) 584-4883
- Rubbish Works Labor, hauling, waste disposal, junk removal, rubbish pick up and recycling solutions for residential and commercial. Referral discount for my clients. Contact owner, Rita Brady at (480) 236-3590 or visit www.rubbishworks.com/phoenix/
- Bagster Bulk trash disposal. Can be purchased at Home Depot, Lowe’s, Amazon.com, and thebagster.com. Cost: Approx $29.95. Collection fee: $140.00 (varies by area). Schedule pick-up by phone or online at www.thebagster.com
- Bin There Dump That For bulk trash removal, construction debris. 4, 10, 14 and 20-yard dumpsters. scottsdale.bintheredumpthatusa.com/home or call (480) 353-8493.
- 1-800-GOT-JUNK Full-service junk removal and hauling company for residential and commercial waste. Call (800) 468-5865 for a free estimate. Click here to see what they will dispose of for you www.1800gotjunk.com/us_en/what-we-take/what_we_take
SELL IT YOURSELF
- Amazon Trade-in
- Cities hold local shredding and/or recycling events at different times throughout the year. Conduct an online search by typing “shred-a-thon” “insert your city name” “insert current year.” Read the fine print to ensure the event meets your needs.
- Stores like UPS, Staples and Office Max offer by the box or by the pound shredding services. Some storage facilities also offer shredding services.
- TNT Services Scan, store, and/or shred, www.tntshredding.com.
- ASDD Document destruction off-site and onsite, www.assuredsecurityaz.com (480) 730-4153.
Bike Saviors www.bikesaviours.org/donate
Young Athletes Relief Fund & Foundation www.HelpChildrenPlay.com They accept donations of sports equipment in good or gently used condition. Background: This group sponsors youth who are not able to play/participate in sports/activities because of economic challenges. They also provide support to young athletes who want to continue their education.
AZ Sustainable Fashion – www.azsustainablefashion.com
Goodwill Industries – www.goodwill.org
Keep Phoenix Beautiful www.recyclecleanphoenix.org Local events and programs that promote recycling, litter management, and beautification of our city.
Salvation Army www.salvationarmyusa.org
Save the Family www.savethefamily.org
VALLEYLife – valleylifeaz.org/index.php/how_to_help
PLEASE BE MINDFUL
Shop Local – Shopping at locally owned businesses has a HUGE positive impact on your city’s economy. Search the Local First Arizona directory to find local companies that offer services you need. Support the #shoplocal movement.
Think Local – Hold a yard sale, check out shelters in your community, thrift stores, non-profits, churches, schools, and animal rescues near you.
Recycle, Reuse, and Re-purpose whenever and whatever you can. Start with one small thing (bring your own shopping bags, stop using straws, don’t rely on bottled water), and be mindful of the impact your discards have on our oceans, the landfills, and our environment as a whole.