Where in New York City to donate your unwanted items

Boxes, toys, and other items on a sidewalk, in front of a building. U.J.
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A guide to donating your clothes, furniture, books, and
electronics in the five boroughs

If one of your New Year’s resolutions this year is to
declutter your home, good news: There are plenty of places around
the five boroughs where you can donate your unwanted
items—nonprofits, charities, libraries, and bookstores across the
city can all put them to good use.

Plus, by donating the things you decide to discard—instead of
dumping them in the trash—you’ll be helping the environment.
According to the Department of Sanitation, diverting unwanted items
from the city’s waste streams
reduces greenhouse gas emissions
: Just in 2019, through the
donateNYC program, the city reduced the equivalent to the annual
emissions of
42,500 cars
(!).

Below, find a guide on where to donate your clothes, furniture,
books, and electronics. For additional places near where you live,
DonateNYC has a handy map
showing where you can find places to donate a wide variety of
times, in the five boroughs.

Just about everything

Organizations like the Salvation
Army
, Goodwill, and
Housing
Works
will take almost anything, with a few exceptions. For
instance, Goodwill doesn’t accept furniture, while the Salvation
Army and Housing Works do. All three accept clothes, books, and
housewares. And both the Salvation Army and Goodwill will take
vehicle donations. It’s best to check their websites to make sure
that they’ll accept certain items.

While those organizations are among the most popular ones, there
are many others that receive a wide variety of items in NYC,
including Hour Children,
CancerCare,
GreenDrop, and
VintageThrift.

Furniture and other household items

If you’ve got an old bed or other pieces of furniture to get
rid of, Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore will
take just about everything in that category. They have a
long list
of items they accept, which includes refrigerators,
fans, mirrors, toilets, stoves, window air conditioners, and
windows. (The organization uses two all-electric trucks for its
pick-ups instead of regular, greenhouse gas-emitting vehicles.)
Housing
Works
will also take furniture.

Nazareth
Housing
, a nonprofit that provides supportive housing and
emergency family shelter to New Yorkers, also accepts a
wide variety
of household items, including laundered and gently
used bed and bath linens or blankets, dining tables, small kitchen
appliances, chairs, and dressers.

Books

Some bookstores, including the Strand and
Argosy, will buy your
unwanted books for cash or store credit, but keep in mind that they
can be very selective. Some, like the Strand, offer you the option
to take back what they don’t buy or to leave it as a donation,
but the store does
warn
that since it’s not a nonprofit, you won’t get a tax
receipt for it.

You can also donate old books to the Brooklyn
Public Library
at its central
library
in Grand Army Plaza.

NYC Books
Through Bars
mails books directly to incarcerated individuals
who make requests for them. The group will take paperbacks only
(most prisons don’t allow hardcovers) at its Red Hook location,
on different topics including African-American history,
dictionaries, GED studies, Latin American history, mythology, and
languages.

Electronics

As of 2015, it’s illegal
for New Yorkers to drop their electronics in the trash. For things
like TVs, laptops, printers, or video game consoles, the city asks
people to discard them at one of its
special waste
drop-off sites, at
SAFE Disposal
events, or at one of more than
90 drop-off locations
around the city, including the Lower East Side
Ecology Center
, the Gowanus
E-waste Warehouse
, Best Buy, and Staples. (Best Buy requires a
$25 fee and Staples doesn’t accept TVs.)

Other organizations that receive specific electronics include
nonprofit EnAct
and the city’s Materials
for the Arts
program.

The Department of Sanitation will also pick up electronics
you’re discarding, but you need to first make an
appointment
.

Clothing and textiles

If you’re getting rid of clothes, thrift shops like Le Point Value and
nonprofits like The Bowery
Mission
are natural places to donate. Many of the city’s
Greenmarkets also have textile donation bins
through the GrowNYC program, and will accept paired shoes,
handbags, and belts as well. Materials
for the Arts
also accepts rolls and large pieces of fabric.

Happy decluttering!

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Where in New York City to donate your unwanted items