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: Believe it or not these items are recyclable! 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.
  • Carpet: Old carpeting can be recycled through Bro-Tex. They take old carpet and pads and turn them into new carpet, plastic resin for plastic parts, new pads, acoustic matting, and more!