- Community Forklift – Information about how to donate to the Forklift. Your donations help us lift up local communities, reduce waste, create good green jobs, educate the public about reuse, and provide free materials to nonprofits and neighbors in need!
- ReuseWood.org – This directory lists reuse stores, companies, and nonprofits that deal in reclaimed lumber, architectural salvage, reuse, deconstruction and related services throughout North America (Hosted by the Building Materials Reuse Association, the American Wood Council, and the Canadian Wood Council).
- Loading Dock National Reuse Directory – A listing of architectural salvage, reuse, and deconstruction companies, stores, and non-profits around the country
- Habitat for Humanity ReStore resale outlet directory – A nationwide directory of reuse stores run by Habitat for Humanity.
Waste & Recycling Options
Arts & Craft Supplies
- SCRAP B-More – (410) 637-8333: SCRAP is a donation-based creative reuse store and donation center that has ever-changing and diverse items for creative projects. Their mission is to inspire creative reuse and environmentally sustainable behavior by providing educational programs and affordable materials to the community.
- Silver Spring Creative Reuse – (202) 549-2090: This organization accepts fabric, art supplies, office supplies and any other material that can be used creatively. Email silverspringcreativereuse(at)gmail(dot)com to schedule a pick-up/drop off.
- UpCycle Creative ReUse Center – (703) 861-8705: A reuse center and studio located in Alexandria, VA that collects a wide variety of supplies that can be used creatively, including paper, fabric, containers, jewelry, office and artist supplies, and more. At UpCycle, they rethink the notion of waste, collecting cast-offs from the community to serve as creative art materials. UpCycle CRC collects, organizes, and preps items for use in a variety of creative capacities.
Bicycles, Bike Parts, & Portable Sewing Machines
- Bikes for the World – (703) 740-7856: The nation’s largest “recycler” of used bicycles and related items is located in Rockville. Supported by more than 100 DC-area institutional partners and hundreds of individual volunteers, Bikes for the World serves as a clearinghouse putting this diverse material to highest and best use, locally and around the globe, distributing more than 11,000 bicycles annually. They also collect good-quality metal portable sewing machines in working order, or close to it. Older Singer and similar machines are high-value, in-demand items that fit in small spaces in the shipping containers without displacing bikes. Like bicycles, sewing machines represent a “productive asset” for a low-income working person, and are often distributed to the same vocational programs as their bikes.
Mattresses, Dishes, & Furniture
- A Wider Circle – (301) 608-3504: This Silver Spring nonprofit redistributes furniture and home goods to individuals and families transitioning out of battered womens’ or homeless family shelters or to those simply living without life’s necessities. In order to restore dignity into the lives of their clients, they ask that all furniture items are in good condition, with no rips or stains. Due to recent recalls, they are unable to accept drop-side cribs.
- ACCA – (703) 256-9513: The Annandale Christian Community for Action works with volunteers to collect, store, and deliver donated furniture, free of charge, to needy families in the Annandale, Bailey’s Crossroads, and Culmore areas.
- Goodwill – (202) 636-4225: Goodwill of Greater Washington’s mission is to transform lives and communities through the power of education and employment. We accept gently used clothing, furniture, housewares, working electronics and many other items. These items are then resold through our chain of thrift stores and the revenues help fund our employment, free job training and placement services for people with disabilities and disadvantages.
- Mission of Love – (301) 333-4440: The Mission of Love Charities of Capitol Heights, Maryland, is a multifaceted nonprofit health and human services organization dedicated to helping the underserved by providing free programs and services designed to meet their immediate and short-term needs. While we continue to accept clothing, household amenities, we are constantly in need of good usable furniture as well as other household items that could be used to get a family off to a good start as they find housing.
Medical Supplies & Equipment
The following organizations may accept wheelchairs, walkers, bath transfer seats, etc. Please contact them for more info:
The following organizations may be able to find a new home for wheelchair ramps and stair lifts. Please contact them for more info:
At the moment, we don’t know anyone in the region who handles office furniture. If you know about a place that accepts office furniture for reuse or recycling, please let us know!
- Leveling the Playing Field – (301)844-5620: This Silver Spring nonprofit works to give underprivileged children the opportunity to participate in youth sports through the donation of used sporting equipment. In order to continue putting sporting equipment in the hands of those who are less fortunate, we rely heavily on individual donors. Take this as an opportunity to clean out your garage and yard so that you can donate excess sporting equipment to our cause- let your old gear give kids the opportunity to reap the mental and physical benefits of recreation.