Recycling and Donations are a great way to make sure your items are going to someone else who can use them. Below are some of my favorite resources and try to recycle or donate rather than discarding useable items. With a little bit of planning, you can make sure your items go to worthy people and causes.
- Craig’s List and Freecycle are a great way to give items away.
- eBay and Craig’s List are great for selling items. If you would like to sell items on eBay, but don’t want to actually do the work yourself, try eBay Trading Assistants or iSoldIt. For books, music, and movies try Half.com.
- The Los Angeles Household Rubbish Pick-ups and Recycling Hot-line is (800)773-2489. Call 48 hours before your regularly scheduled trash collection day.
- For large amounts of non-useable materials, try 1-800-GOT-JUNK. This service brings their truck and workers to load up your junk for disposal or recycling.
Appliances, Books, Clothes, Furniture, etc.
- National Council of Jewish Women
- Out of the Closet
- The Salvation Army
- Vietnam Veterans of America
- St. Joseph Center in Venice, CA
- Topanga Women’s Circle
Baby and Childrens Items:
- Baby2Baby supplies Los Angeles families in need with essential baby gear and clothing for their children 0-4 years old. They accept new and gently used items.
- Diaper Drive accepts unused diapers for low-income families in the Los Angeles area.
- Gently used toys may be donated to local thrift stores, women’s shelter’s, churches, and children’s hospitals. See, also Child’s Play Charity.
- Access Books needs children’s books and educational magazines. Check out their Wish List.
- Most LA area libraries have book sales to raise money for local library projects. To see if your local library will take your good-condition books visit www.lapl.org
- The Children’s Book Project was founded to help build literacy by providing free, new and gently used books to children who need them. Have given away over 1.5 million books and have helped thousands of children build home libraries.
- Re-Book It is a free community service that picks up donations in the Los Angeles area.
- Donate A Phone helps victims of domestic violence.
- Cell Phones for Soldiershelps active duty military members and veterans.
- Gizmogul is a cell phone recycling site. They accept all sorts of recyclable electronics through their parent company, CJ Environmental, and offer free pickup service throughout the U.S. and Canada.
- Quit receiving unwanted catalogs and phone books, try Catalog Choice for free.
- DMA Choice and Opt Out Prescreen offer ways to remove yourself from mailing lists.
- Do It Yourself to Stop Junk Mail, E-Mail, and Phone Calls - www.obviously.com/junkmail
Need to find out if something is recycleable? Check the LA Bureau of Sanitation. You can recycle all clean plastic containers numbered 1-7, aluminum foil, glass containers and more!
- E-Waste Recycling Centers in Los Angeles accepts old computers and electronics as well as household batteries, chemicals, and medications. Just drive up to their center and they will unload your car.
- Green Disk – Dispose of all your computer-related waste, spent supplies and obsolete accessories. GreenDisk will safely and securely destroy your old data, recover reusable components, and recycle all of the rest of your accumulated technotrash – all at your convenience, at home or at work.
- Best Buy, Home Depot, Ikea, Office Depot, and Staples all have recycling programs for batteries and cell phones.
- Earth 911.com
- Internet Consumer Recycling Guide – www.obviously.com/recycle
- Bureau of Sanitation
- UCLA Safe Center
- Recyclecology – www.recyclecology.com