Donated building materials are the cornerstone of Community Forklift. We couldn’t exist without them. By donating, you can qualify for a tax deduction, reduce disposal costs, keep items out of the landfill, and support the community.
Community Forklift accepts donations of most new and salvaged building & landscaping materials, appliances, and tools, as well as antique and vintage housewares. We also accept furniture and commercial materials on a case-by-case basis. Please review our Donation Guidelines for more information.
Community Forklift offers two convenient ways to donate building materials:
Planning a major tear-down or large-scale renovation? Consider deconstruction instead of demolition! Learn more.
Dropping off your donation helps Community Forklift reduce its carbon footprint and use its limited resources most efficiently.
Materials may be dropped off at our warehouse at Dock #3, which is in front of our building on Tanglewood Drive. Donations are accepted during regular warehouse hours, up until 30 minutes before closing.
Please do not leave donations outside the building when Community Forklift is closed, thank you.
Be sure to review our Donation Guidelines before loading up your car! You may also send pictures to Donations@CommunityForklift.org for review. Note that we are unable to provide a dumpster for rejected items, but you can check out our Reuse Resources page for a list of other donation and recycling options.
Items (and cash) donated to Community Forklift are tax deductible to the maximum extent allowed by the IRS.
At the time you make a donation, Community Forklift will provide you with a donation letter itemizing the materials you donated. Unfortunately, the IRS prohibits Community Forklift from placing a value on your donated materials.
If you plan to claim a donation value of more than $5,000, you must have the items appraised by a qualified appraiser prior to making the donation and you will need to submit an IRS form 8283 with your tax filing. Although we cannot recommend a specific appraiser, we can provide you with a list of appraisers working in the DC metro area.
This information is provided for general purposes only. Please contact a tax professional before making a donation.