In a world gone green, everyone wants to leave less of a carbon footprint. Even so, it can be a challenge to get rid of things. This is especially true when it isn't able to be reused or upcycled. Here are some guides when it comes to donating your stuff.
1. Electronics- Best Buy and Goodwill do electronic recycling. You can recycle all your cords and electronic devices.
2. Clothing- Goodwill and Salvation Army sell the clothes/fabric they aren't able to use for textile scrap. You can donate single socks, worn clothing, and fabric scraps. Most small local charities don't have the man power or resources to handle textiles. The unusable items will end up in the trash. If you donate to small local charities, make sure you only give them the items in perfect condition.
3. Eye glasses- If you only knew how many pairs of glasses I have saved over the years from going into the trash. Eye glasses can be donated to either the Lions club or Lenscrafters.
4. Food- Don't throw away your unexpired food. Find a food pantry.
5. Pet items- There are plenty of pet shelters that are happy to take your pet food, beds, and leashes.
6. Furniture- While the charities used to take it all, they are changing their stance. I am beginning to see stuff being declined such as large cabinets. As a rule, most places don't want the thin fake wood stuff. They are also saying no to stained and ripped items. There are also many other charities that will take your furniture for their projects like Habitat for Humanity or Chicago Furniture Bank. If the furniture is in really bad condition- your other option is the have it hauled away by a junk company.
And then there is stuff that is just trash. While none of us like to add to the landfill, if its broken and unable to be used, that is the only option.
So when you donate- do it right!!!