Donating or exchanging your household items is another way you can recycle your household waste. You can donate and exchange almost anything, but keep the following household items in mind:
Appliances: If your washing machine, dryer, AC, refrigerator, stove or microwave still works, consider donation before throwing out or recycling. Appliances that contain mostly metal or plastics can be recycled. Remember if your appliance contains Freon or CFCs, you must make an appointment with Sanitation to schedule a pick up.
Books: You can donate your books to charity or participate in a book swap. If your paperback books are in poor condition, you can also place these books in your standard paper recycling.
Cars: If you are unable to sell your car, but it still works, there are several charities that will accept your vehicle.
Clothing: Many organizations accept donations. If you live in a building with more than 10 units you may be eligible for Sanitation pick up services through the re-fashioNYC program. Many animal shelters also accept old clothing to use as bedding for cats and dogs.
Electronics: If your electronics are in good condition, many organizations will put them to good use.
Furniture: Many organizations accept furniture donations and few even offer pick up services. If you cannot find a second home for your furniture you can also throw your items out as part of your regular trash pick-up. If the items are predominantly metal or plastic, remember you can also recycle these items. Mattresses cannot be donated or re-sold.