Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Hi there. I do get your wonderful email edition of Organizing tips ... but I noticed that the swap and recycle sites are mostly west coast. How bout some sites for those of us on the east coast?
Sure! Let me start out with some national (and international) options, and then move on to organizations on the East Coast.
National and International Recycling/Reuse Options
First, let me point you to the excellent Earth911, which has information about places that take a wide range of items for recycling and reuse, throughout the U.S. Just some of the categories included are:
- household furniture
- metal clothes hangers
- musical instruments
- packing peanut reuse
And of course craigslist and Freecycle are global resources for moving things on to new locations. Hand-me-downs is sometimes called craigslist for babies.
Goodwill is a national organization, and Vietnam Veterans of America serves many states, including most of the East Coast.
A number of different programs in many states collect formal gowns and accessories and provide them to high school students who can't afford prom dresses. We're approaching prom season, so if you've got something to donate, check for your local program. (The Cinderella Project of New Hampshire is one such program.)
And another international program worth noting is Dress for Success, a great place to donate interview-appropriate clothing for women. Career Gear is a similar program for men's clothing; there are only five locations, but four are on the East Coast.
Nike's Reuse-a-Shoe has drop-off locations for athletic shoes throughout the U.S. and in nine other countries.
And if you have furniture you don't need, try finding a local furniture bank. (The Furniture Co-Op in Connecticut is one such program.)
Resources specific to the East Coast
Some of these are individual organizations, and some are listings of places to make donations. This is just a very short sampling of the many organizations that could use what you no longer need.
New England: EPA: Reuse in New England
Boston: Big Brother Big Sister Foundation
Cambridge, Mass and vicinity: Department of Public Works
New York City: NYCWasteLe$$ - New Homes for Old Stuff
New Jersey: American Red Cross & We Collect Clothes
Washington, D.C: Miriam's Kitchen
Washington D.C. area: Bikes for the World
Raleigh, North Carolina: Swap Shop
Atlanta: Genesis Shelter
Central Florida: The Mustard Seed Furniture and Clothing Bank (which also takes donations of household items)
Thrift Stores Could Sure Use Your Stuff
10 Ways to Find New Homes for Your Books
Swapping Stuff: Options Galore
Jan. 2009 Donation Idea of the Month: Your local hospice organization
Sept. 2008 Donation Idea of the Month: Your local animal shelter