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See below for various reuse options. If none of these work, determine whether the item should be recycled, placed out on the curb as bulk leaving NYCWasteLess, or discarded in the regular trash.

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Reuse Tips


  • Visit NYC Stuff Exchange website leaving NYCWasteLess or download the iPhone app leaving NYCWasteLess to learn where in NYC to donate, buy, or sell antiques, artifacts, collectibles, and gently used goods (including high-end and designer items).
  • Visit ReuseNYC leaving NYCWasteLess to learn about sales, events, volunteer days, and job opportunities within the reuse community. Members of ReuseNYC are local nonprofits who work with NYC to reduce what enters the waste stream by accepting and redistributing second-hand goods while also providing social services and economic savings.
  • Check the Calendar of Events leaving NYCWasteLess to find local donation drives, book fairs, rummage sales, and swap meets.
  • Request a re-fashioNYC clothing donation bin for your building. re-fashioNYC is a partnership between NYC and Housing Works to make clothing donation easy with in-building drop-off for buildings with 10 or more units.
  • Organize donation drives with a charitable organization and promote them on the NYC Stuff Exchange Calendar of Events. (See the note about textile recyclers.)
  • Check out the NYC Service website for other places where New Yorkers can donate goods.
  • Participate in a Swap event.
  • Sell or give away items through a free online materials exchange.
  • Sell items at a stoop sale, or by posting a flyer on local bulletin boards.
  • Send it back to the manufacturer or retailer if they have a takeback program.
  • Businesses can exchange materials via NYC WasteMatch leaving NYCWasteLess, a NYC Department of Sanitation sponsored program.
  • Test your reuse knowledge by playing NYC's Recycling Game.

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Specific Items


Appliances - Large (washing machines, stoves, etc.)

Appliances - Large 
(washing machines, stoves, etc.)

Automobiles/ Motorcycles/ Boats

Automobiles/ Motorcycles/ Boats


Books & Media


Children's Items



Collectibles (antiques, jewelry, art)

(antiques, jewelry, art)

Computers & Computer EquipmentElectronics (TVs, radios, stereos, DVD players, etc.) Cell Phones


Food Donations 

Furniture - HomeFurniture - Office


Home Improvement Materials (bricks, tiles, paint, tools, etc.)

Home Improvement Materials 
(bricks, tiles, paint, tools, etc.)

Housewares/Kitchen Items

Housewares/Kitchen Items

Musical Instruments

Musical Instruments





Sporting Goods

Sporting Goods


Medical Equipment

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