As New Yorkers prepare for a move, many will assess what of their belongings should and should not be kept. Did you know majority of unwanted items can be recycled, reused or disposed of in environmentally-focused ways? There are many sustainable options for disposing of unneeded items in New York City.
Clothes, Towels and Blankets
Most people can identify with the concept of a closet purge and preparing for a move is a natural time to take it on. Fortunately, there are a myriad of options available to New Yorkers who want to donate clothes, accessories, towels and blankets:
- SCRAP NYC (Queens): gives donated items to second-hand stores as well as using clothes in their production cycle as textiles for new clothing. Pieces of clothing that go unused are recycled for stuffing, maximizing the usage.
- Bottomless Closet (Manhattan): uses donated clothes and purses to support and benefit low-income women who are attempting to find work and get back on their feet.
- Happy Donations: allows residents to send in their items using a prepaid shipping label. All proceeds and funds help support the Vietnam Veterans of America.
- ACC Animal Care and Control (Manhattan, Brooklyn, Staten Island) – accepts all blankets and towels that are in good shape and new/ unopened pet supplies
Bulky items like furniture tend to be the most daunting items in a move. Oftentimes furniture does not work from one home to another. No need to leave items behind or on the curb, there are trustworthy sustainable options available throughout the city.
- Angel Street Thrift Shop: 17th Street – accepts donated furniture and uses funds to support substance abuse programs, HIV/AIDS and mental health organizations, provide children with scholarships to summer camp, and a residential treatment program for opiate addicted pregnant women.
- City Opera Thrift Shop: Chelsea – uses donations and funds to support the arts in the city.
- Hour Children in Astoria and LIC – provides services for children and families of incarcerated mothers.
- Housing Works: many locations throughout the city – provides advocacy, services, and business to people affected by HIV/AIDS.
Residents should also consider Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, and inquiring at vintage furniture stores to sell their unwanted furniture pieces.
New/ unopened/ unused beauty product donation options:
Used/opened beauty products
Moving can be chaotic and deciding what to do with unneeded items can be stressful, but there is an abundance of programs and organizations around New York City and the opportunity to be sustainable while helping support individuals and communities in need is worth it.