donating and discarding

Before bringing more into your home, take stock of what you have. If you have things you don't want or need, do your best to give them another life before dumping them.

For many of us, the first donation stop may be a Binny bin or a thrift store like Goodwill, but understand that what they cannot sell or don't have a market for will simply go straight into the trash, which is what you're trying to avoid. Be sure to provide them with sellable items only. Ask yourself if you would buy it.

ASK QUESTIONS

Before donating things, directly ask a few key questions. Starting with "What happens to items that are not sellable?" If it goes into the trash or is sent abroad, can you find a more sustainable solution?

Ways to Pass it on

GIVE IT AWAY

SELL IT

DONATE IT
Donating directly to an organization that you know will use the items diverts them from the trash or from being shipped overseas.
However: don't assume an organization will handle the items they cannot use in a responsible way, so do a little research.

Clothes:

  • Women and Children's Clothes: The Sharing Shelf, (914) Cares or Family-to-Family to get clothes directly to those in need.

  • Women's Clothes: Zion Thrift Shop in Dobbs

  • Men's Clothes: Contact Midnight Run at (914) 693-7817

  • Be sure to recycle unwearable textiles. You can drop these in the Green Tree Textile bins around town and at the TASH and Hastings Farmer's Markets.

Toys:

  • Unopened toys can go to Goodwill or similar. Opened but in-tact and working toys can go to a consignment store.

  • The TILI garage takes working toys.

Furniture:

Books:

  • Donate to Hastings annual PTSA Used Book Fair and local libraries

  • Donate to thrift stores

  • Add to Little Free Libraries

RECYCLE IT