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How to donate items you don’t need

Do you feel guilty when you think about sentencing your junk to life in a landfill? Your local community is always looking for donations! In fact, your junk can easily become someone else’s treasure.

At 1-800-GOT-JUNK?, we recycle and donate items to local charities whenever possible. With our current diversion rate at 61.3 percent and climbing, we do everything we can to avoid sending unnecessary items to the landfill.

Here are some places in your community that are always looking for donations:

  • Hospitals
  • Animal shelters
  • Churches
  • Police departments
  • Schools
  • Daycare centers

It’s important to keep in mind that the mattress, sofa or small appliance you’re planning to toss could be a blessing to someone else in need. If you’re looking to declutter your home or to donate your unused items to a local charity within your community, we recommend following these easy steps to get the job done:

Become a hunter-gatherer.

Walk around your home and collect items you no longer need or want. This is the perfect opportunity to declutter your home and get rid of any items that you no longer have use for. Your basement, garage and attic will most likely be gold mines when it comes to finding items to donate!

Note the condition of each item.

Can’t decide if it’s junk or treasure? It should go without saying, but before you dispose or donate your items, you should always evaluate them first.  Does the item work, or is it broken? Does it perform the task it is meant to do? It’s important that you don’t intentionally pass along your ‘bad junk’ to someone else. The items you donate should be in good working condition, contain all of their necessary parts in order to work properly, and are free of stains, tears and rips.

Estimate the value of each item. 

The value of items you donate are usually deductible on your income tax return (in the year you make the donation). Try to evaluate each item and how much it is worth. Make a list of each amount, and then add everything together. If the item you’re donating is brand new, keep the price tag on to prove the item’s value; this will be useful to charities like Goodwill or Salvation Army, who often sell donations to raise funds for those in need.

Are you ready to purge? Ready…set…go! You’ll immediately feel better knowing that your junk is on its way to a new home.

Sam Landa is Content Manager and social media manager at 1-800-GOT-JUNK?. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Environment & Sustainability, and in her spare time, she enjoys playing live music and writing. Connect with Sam on  or LinkedIn.