Items in good condition:

Donating items that are in good condition, that can be used by others, is a great way to give items new life, and keep them out of the landfill. If you have household goods that you no longer want that are in good condition please consider donating to thrift stores such as Goodwill, Bridging or Salvation Army stores.

If you are looking to buy from or donate to a thrift store, Dakota County has a list of thrift stores that can help you find one close to home.

Items in poor condition:

If an item is not in good enough condition to be donated, in many cases it belongs in the garbage. However, there are some items that can be recycled in different ways.

  • Textile waste: Clothing in poor condition or with holes or stains can be brought to H&M stores in malls for recycling. Collect your loose socks or mittens without a mate to bring there. Some thrift stores will also accept these items if they are bagged separately and labeled "rags." It is best to call before hand to be sure.
  • Mattresses or box springs: Bridging takes gently used mattresses and box springs in good condition. Bridging helps families transition out of homelessness by providing them with home furnishings. Visit Bridging's website for more information.  St. Vincent de Paul located in the Twin Cities also take clean, odor-free, stain-free mattress that are 10 years old or less, free from rips, tears or stains. Visit St. Vincent de Paul's website for more information.
    • If your mattress is not in good enough condition to donate, believe it or not mattresses can be recycled! Second Chance Recycling dismantles mattresses and box springs for recycling. If you are unable to deliver your mattress for recycling they can pick it up for an additional fee. For more information on how mattresses are recycled, how to dispose or recycle a mattress, or how to tell if you need a new mattress, visit Tuck's website.