Where can I donate unwanted items?

Zero waste is first about preventing waste - to reduce and reuse as much as possible before buying new - then about recycling and composting.

RecycleWhere? is your one stop shop to find out how to free yourself of unwanted items. Find solutions to reusing or recycling items based on location:


Here are some more resources for donating your unwanted items and pickup reusable items:


Goodwill accepts new or used items, including clothing, appliances, furniture, and working or broken electronics.

St. Vincent de Paul

St Vincent de Paul accepts donations of clothing, furniture, and automobiles.

Salvation Army

Salvation Army accepts new or used items, including clothing, appliances, furniture, household goods, and automobiles.

Excess Access

Excess Access matches donors of surplus goods with recipients in need.


Craigslist provides free classifieds for buying, selling, donating, and trading used goods.


Freecycle is a free email listserv within your geographic area to post items to donate and reuse. Everything posted is free.


SCRAP (Scroungers' Center for Re-usable Art Parts) provides learning materials to support creativity. SCRAP accepts and sells arts and crafts items, including fabric, sewing notions, paper craft materials, unique boxes and containers, and other novelty items.

Building Resources

Building Resources is San Francisco's only source for reusable, recycled, and re-manufactured building and landscaping materials.

San Francisco Food Bank

San Francisco Food Bank accepts donations of non-perishable food such as canned or frozen food. Drop off small quantities, or arrange a pick up of larger quantities.


I:CO a for-profit reuse and recycler, accepts clothing, shoes and other textiles including linens, towels and curtains.