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Do’s and Don’ts

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Goodwill appreciates and thanks you for each donation.  However, we do need to refuse some items for being non-recyclable or containing hazardous materials.  Other times, the item must be refused because it costs more to transport, repair or refurbish than it can be sold for in our stores.  Our donation attendants are trained to know what we can and cannot accept, and will help guide you to other possibilities for donations we are unable to accept.

GOODWILL accepts the following:

  • Area rugs
  • Baskets, tins, Rubbermaid®, Tupperware®, and other storage containers
  • Bed frames
  • Bicycles
  • Books (hardback and paperback books, including textbooks)
  • Clothing (Men’s, women’s, children’s, and infant’s clothing and outerwear that are clean and free
    of tears, stains, pet hairs, and odors; vintage through new items with tags are welcome)
  • Computers, Printers and Accessories (in any condition)
  • Cookware including pots, pans, lids, and utensils
  • Decorative and throw pillows not used for sleeping
  • Dishes, pots and pans, glassware, and silverware
  • DVDs and VHS movies
  • Hand tools
  • Hats, gloves, scarves, and ties
  • Household furniture
  • Jewelry
  • Lamps in working order
  • Lawn and garden tools
  • Lawn furniture
  • Linens and textiles, clean and stain­ free
  • Office and school supplies
  • Pictures, frames, and decorative knick­knacks
  • Shoes, belts, handbags, and briefcases
  • Small appliances and microwave ovens
  • Sports/workout equipment
  • Televisions, non­ CRT (flat screen TVs in working condition, radios, stereo systems, mp3 players,
    VCRs, and DVD players (due to the digital TV transition, scheduled for June 12, 2009, Goodwill will
    only accept televisions that have a coaxial cable connection or RCA inputs)
  • Toys

 

Helpful DO’S –  Separate clothing from other items when dropping them off. Make sure all of the items are clean, washed or dry cleaned. Wrap breakables in newspaper or bubble wrap. Wrap cords around electrical items. Include all pieces and parts to children’s games and toys. If donating a vehicle,go to : Car and Truck Donations Clean computer hard drives of personal and business information and include the operating system.

GOODWILL does NOT take the following items:

  • Ammunition or Weapons, (including BB guns, pellet guns and arrows)
  • Any item(s) covered in animal hair (Any items that do not meet current safety standards of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)
  • Anything of a pornographic nature
  • Automobile parts
  • Baby Equipment (Baby furniture, toys, and games that do not comply with CPSC safety standards)
  • Bunk beds
  • Construction debris (i.e., windows, doors, garage doors, shutters, sinks, tubs, toilets, fixtures, fencing, gutters, lumber, concrete, bricks, stone, and paint)
  • Copiers
  • Food
  • Furniture that is covered in animal hair, broken, worn, torn, stained, or missing parts; bean bag chairs and sleeper sofas are also not accepted
  • Hair Dryers w/o GFI
  • Halogen Lamps w/o Mesh Guard
  • Hazardous Wastes (lead acid batteries, paints, fuels, solvents, oils or equipment containing these)
  • Household or Industrial Chemicals
  • Humidifiers; air conditioners
  • Items that are wet, mildewed, rusty, flammable, or in any way dangerous
  • Large appliances (stoves, washing/drying machines, dishwashers, refrigerators, freezers, trash compactors, hot water heaters)
  • Mattresses, box springs, waterbeds, bed pillows
  • Medical assistive devices and hospital beds
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Pianos and Organs
  • Televisions, CRT (tube style TVs in any condition)
  • Used Bike Helmets
  • Venetian Blinds (window blinds with cords)
  • Wall-to-Wall Carpeting

 

Please DO NOT’S – Leave items unattended outside a collection center. Donate broken or soiled items. Give items that have been recalled, banned, or do not meet current safety standards. For more information, visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission.  http://www.cpsc.gov/