We have toy lending libraries. kitchen lending libraries and , now a tool lending library. People can donate tools to the library that they no longer use. It gives people access to tools that they might not otherwise be able to afford to purchase or don’t need to buy because they use these tools infrequently. http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2013/02/05/torontos_first_tool_library_gears_up_to_open_in_parkdale.html
Organizing Challenges Unraveled – Recycling and Donating
It was my pleasure to be on People in Connection Internet TV. The mystery that was unraveled concerned where to recycle and donate items once you have decluttered your space.
If you are looking for locations to recycle your computers, TV, printers, fax machines, etc., this website will help you find a location near you.
Highlight Consumer/Retailers then click on Recycle your electronic
Go to the bottom of the page and type in the name of your city in Ontario and it will give you a list of locations
If you have books you would like to donate, libraries and used bookstores may take them. There is a new organization that is able to put books into prisons. It is call Books to Bars. It is dedicated to promoting literacy, creativity and functionality in correctional facilities.
Clothing can be donated to women’s shelter as well as Salvation Army, Value Village, New Horizons Store on James St, Hamilton ON. There is a children’s store that is called Once Apon a Child and a teen and young adult store called Plato located at Guelph Line and Upper Middle Road, Burlington ON. They are not consignment stores. You bring in your clothes and they buy it (what they want) on the spot and give you the money right away.
Habitat for Humanity Restores will take building supplies. Call ahead to see if they need the items that you wish to donate.
Some antique stores will take window frames, furniture etc. I have an artist that is looking for antique items to use in her craft business. Contact Julie@mindoverclutter.ca
This store is located in Hamilton, ON and will take some stylish home furnishings on consignment.
Check out this website to learn locations to drop off your corrosive, flammable, explosive and toxic items.
Single Use Batteries
Rechargeable batteries can be dropped off with your electronics but they will not take single use batteries. Try contacting your local stores to see if they are a collection depot for single use batteries.
Best Buy Canada
Please go to www.mindoverclutter.ca and click on the links page for more ideas about recycling and donating good used items. If you have and questions or other great recycling and donating ideas click on the contact page, I’d love to hear from you.
A teacher heard my interview on the Joy of Organizing Radio show. She had her class research where items could be donated and reused. The resource is geared to the United States but it can give Canadians many ideas on where to look to donate the items they no longer need and use. Click on this link to get some great ideas.
CBC has a great article about how companies help charities and are able to make a profit for their business. Click the link to learn more about the business of donations.
Garage sale season is upon us. You can certainly save yourself money buying used items. Here is some information so you can make the wise investment. http://www.chfi.com/2012/05/07/10-things-you-should-never-buy-at-garage-sales/