Donate and Recycle to Go Green

It’s inevitable. All this purging and organizing is going to produce a pile of things that you must now find a home for outside your home. This is an opportunity to be environmentally friendly and donate or recycle some of your belongings rather than dump them in the trash. Whether you give them to a friend, neighbor or take them to a charitable organization, someone can make better use of them. Here are some links to organizations that you can donate items to or take for recycling.

Westech Recyclers – for electronics recycling

HolidayLEDS – Christmas lighting

Goodwill – for clothing and other household items

Green Disk – for all your techno-trash (CDs, VHS, PCs, etc.)

Crazy Crayons – recycle crayons

Apple Giveback – all Apple product recycling

call2recycle – rechargeable batteries and cell phone batteries

Staples – ink cartridges, earn credit towards purchases

Cash4Books – cash back for used books

My Sister’s Closet – designer consignment for quality clothing

The Bra Recyclers – gently used bras

DEA – community drug take back program for prescription drugs

Turn Style Consignment – clothing, home decor and furniture

Apartment and Condo Recycling Guide – electronics, computers and appliances

iRecycle app download on Google Play and App Store – find local (US) recycling opportunities

Bulk Trash and Junk Removal

Some cities offer free prescheduled curbside bulk trash pick up throughout the year. Other hauling options include:



Non Profits

There are many non profit options as well for donating your items:


Stardust Building Supplies – building materials

Treasures 4 Teachers

Vehicles for Veterans

Volunteer Nonprofit Service Association Book Sale


Sometimes there is simply not enough space at home to store certain items. Click the link for a DexKnows directory listing of storage options in the Phoenix area.

Additional Recycling Tidbits

Consumer plastic bags are not allowed in your recycle bins but can be recycled at many grocery stores as well as Walmart locations.

Shredded paper can be put in recycle bins in Phoenix, Peoria, Scottsdale, Tempe, Mesa, Gilbert, and Queen Creek as long as they are contained in clear plastic bags (not grocery bags) and tied shut. The following cities do not currently allow shredded paper for recycling: Glendale, Fountain Hills, Chandler, Carefree, Cave Creek and Sun City.

If you have any suggestions for organizations to add to this list, please let me know by email at [email protected].

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