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: Goodwill does NOT accept the following items:
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, not CRT (flat screen TVs in working condition, radios, stereo systems, mp3 players, VCRs, and DVD players)
Toys
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)
Hairdryers 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 or 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, 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

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 or toys. Clean computer hard drives of personal and business information and include the operating system.


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.

https://cpsc.gov/