Where Do I Donate/Recycle?

Alphabetized by item

These resources may have Austin-based links however many businesses listed are national chains and may be available in your area.

Appliances: Austin Recycle & Reuse Drop-off Center or Goodwill.

Baby or Child Things: Give away to friends and family; use a Facebook Marketplace, craigslist or Freecycle; find a local charity like Any Baby Can or you may want to try your hand at resell at Once Upon a Child.

A charity may be at capacity, check first. Any Baby Can is currently at capacity and recommends donating to Heart of Texas Pregnancy Resource Center and
The Gabriel Project Life Center. When donating baby items, it’s good to check with the charity first (they respond to email super quickly) to make sure they can/will accept your items and have capacity. Many of these groups have limited space.

Bags (Plastic): Austin Recycle & Reuse Drop-off Center, Target , Walmart, grocery stores, Home Depot, Lowe’s

Batteries (single-use): Austin Public Libraries, Austin Recycle & Reuse Drop-off Center, Batteries Plus

Batteries (rechargeable): Austin Public Libraries, Austin Recycle & Reuse Drop-off Center, Batteries Plus , Home Depot, Lowe’s

Brita Filters: https://www.brita.com/recycling-filters/

Brush: Your Green Compost Cart

Bubble Wrap: Austin Recycle & Reuse Drop-off Center, Target , Walmart

Bulk: large trash or unwanted items (e.g. mattresses) are picked up twice a year. You’ll get a card in the mail with your pickup date or you can check My Collection Date at http://www.austintexas.gov/page/my-collection-schedule. You can even sign up for text or email reminder!

Before then consider donating usable items. All bulk pickup is sent to the landfill, it’s not sorted for recycling. If items are too large to transport yourself, you can call Hope Family Thrift Store, Salvation Army, Goodwill, veterans group.

Clothes and shoes: church clothing closets or thrift stores such as
Hope Family Thrift Store or The Ronald McDonald House.  See https://alittlemore.green/2019/04/04/croaked-clothes-torn-textiles-hobbled-housewares/ for specific places on where to donate specific types of clothes and shoes, such as prom or business wear.

Damaged and unwearable clothes, fabrics and shoes may go in the City of Austin’s Simple Recycling green bags through June 2019. Simple Recycling may be used for totally unwearable fabrics like old undergarments, socks, destroyed stuffed animals, torn bedding, stained linens, etc. After July 1 in Austin, TX, take these items to Goodwill or another charity that recycles the material.

Chemicals: Austin Recycle & Reuse Drop-off Center

Christmas Trees (real): The City of Austin will pick them up on your curbside pick-up day or you may drop them off, at select times. Check http://www.austintexas.gov/department/christmas-tree-recycling or https://www.facebook.com/austinrecycles/ starting mid-December.

Christmas Trees (fake): Check craigslist or Freecycle for items wanted, ask your local churches or community programs.

Computers:
– Usable: Find a charity in need.
– Unusable: Austin Recycle & Reuse Drop-off Center Goodwill or Staples

Contact Lens: Recycle at home or a participating location with Bausch + Lomb and Terracycle’s ONE by ONE program. Free shipping for you or the location!

Crafts: Austin Creative Reuse

Drugs: human and animal chemicals may go to Prescription Drug Take-Back Days. You may also dispose of drugs at permanent kiosk sites per the days, times, and locations listed at http://www.austintexas.gov/drugs.
If you want to responsibly dispose of drugs sooner and at your convenience you may buy a pre-paid mailer envelope for about $3 in the pharmacy section of stores such as CVS, Walgreens or Costco. Please do not flush anything down the toilet.

Check with veterinarian offices and charity groups for animal medications. This can assist owners who struggle financially or provide a sample/trial.

Electronics/Anything with a cord: Austin Recycle & Reuse Drop-off Center,
Staples or Goodwill.

Eyeglasses: Envision Eye Center, Lenscrafters, VisionWorks or Walmart, David Kind trade up program for a coupon off a new pair

Flags: Contact a local Boy Scout group, local Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) post, Elks Lodge, or American Legion post to properly dispose of old American Flags.

Foam/Styrofoam: includes clean meat trays, egg carton, and to-go containers Austin Recycle & Reuse Drop-off Center.
Peanuts may go to a local shipping store.

Foil: City of Austin is taking clean aluminum foil and cooking trays. Rinse off your taco or pie and drop it in! Aluminum foil sheets should be clean and rolled into a 2 inch ball.

Freezer packs/ice packs: From meal delivery; See https://alittlemore.green/2019/04/13/ice-ice-pack-baby/

Furniture (Usable) and Housewares:
Hope Family Thrift Store supporting Austin Disaster Relief Network
Habitat for Humanity ReStore
– Women’s shelters, veterans’ groups, Goodwill, Salvation Army
Saint Louise House helping women and children overcome homelessness

Home Improvement: Habitat for Humanity ReStore. Almost every city has a Habitat for Humanity ReStore you can shop at and donate to.

Household Hazardous Waste: Paint, all batteries, chemicals, cleaners, tube lights, etc.:   Austin Recycle & Reuse Drop-off Center

Ink Cartridges: Target recycling station, Staples or Best Buy service desk

Light bulbs (CFL): Home Depot, Lowe’s, Austin Recycle & Reuse Drop-off Center

Light bulbs (Tubes): Austin Recycle & Reuse Drop-off Center

Linens (Towels, Washcloths, Sheets, Pillowcases, etc).:
– Usable: homeless shelters, women’s shelters, Austin Wildlife Rescue
– Unusable: City of Austin’s Simple Recycling green bags

Mascara Wands: old clean wands, don’t buy new per their request: Wands for Wildlife. You pay for the shipping.
*Update 05/28/19: Due to popularity, Wands for Wildlife is scaling back to only accept wands in October and February. Store them up!

Mail: Unsubscribe yourself at https://www.catalogchoice.org/
See https://alittlemore.green/2019/03/29/unwanted-mail-or-junk-mail/ for more ideas.

Office Supplies: Austin Creative Reuse or a charity that requests these types of items

Paint (good and bad): Austin Recycle & Reuse Drop-off Center
Usable paint is turned into FREE low VOC Austin ReBlend. Pick some up!
See http://www.austintexas.gov/department/austin-reblend for colors.

Paper (shredded/sensitive): Shredded paper in a paper bag with the top rolled down may go in the Blue Recycling Cart.

Austin Shred Day and City of Austin co-host a spring and fall secure drop-off (typically April and November): http://www.austinarma.com/shred-day

UFCU hosts several drops offs during the year. For updates go to the homepage, scroll down to the middle under WE EMPOWER OUR MEMBERS, and select SEE ALL EVENTS.  Then you can go through each page until you find the next available Shred Day scheduled.

Pizza Box Lids: the lids and sides of pizza boxes may go in recycling as long as there is no pizza grease on the box. The grease contaminates the paper load. The greasy parts should go in the Green Compost Cart.

Plumbing: Electronics at Austin Recycle & Reuse Drop-off Center. ARR will strip the valuable metals out and put the rest of the metals, plastics, etc. in the appropriate sections of the ARRDC.

School Supplies: Austin Creative Reuse

Sporting Equipment:
– See if you can find a group that requests donations.
Habitat for Humanity ReStore
– Post the item(s) in a neighborhood Marketplace, Freecycle or craigslist.
– If you want to try your hand at resell, Play It Again Sports

Styrofoam: includes clean meat trays, egg carton, and to-go containers Austin Recycle & Reuse Drop-off Center.
Peanuts may go to a local shipping store.

Tires (car or bike): Austin Recycle & Reuse Drop-off Center

Toys (all plastic, no batteries or electronics):
– Please donate if it’s still usable.
– If broken: Hard Plastics at Austin Recycle & Reuse Drop-off Center

Toys (with batteries or electronics):
– Please donate if it’s still usable.
– If broken: Electronics at Austin Recycle & Reuse Drop-off Center .
ARR will take toys apart to recycle the battery/electronic materials and put the plastic with the Hard Plastics.

VHS: Electronics at Austin Recycle & Reuse Drop-off Center

Video Game Stuff:
– If broken: Electronics at Austin Recycle & Reuse Drop-off Center , Best Buy or Goodwill .
– You could try to sell it yourself or through GameStop

Wires and cords: Austin Recycle & Reuse Drop-off Center or Goodwill

Got more items or questions?

City of Austin What Do I Do With? http://austintexas.gov/what-do-i-do

City of Austin and Austin EcoNetwork’s Austin Reuse Directory for where to donate/sell items:
https://austineconetwork.com/austin-reuse-directory/

Check out the directory at http://www.earth911.com/

Ask Taylor! taylor@alittlemore.green