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by Sid Kirchheimer, AARP Bulletin, March 25, 2011
Q. I want to do some serious spring cleaning, but local thrift stores have gotten more picky about what they'll take as donations. How can I responsibly unload my stuff?
A. It's not just thrift stores and charities being more selective, but also trash collectors who nix pick-up of certain items because of weight or dangerous substances inside (such as mercury and lead in computers and monitors).
So to keep your nonworking donations out of landfills, consider these options:
For all of these items and others, including mattresses and furniture, try Freecycle, the largest network connecting donors with those in need to keep items out of landfills. Also check out the ReUseIt Network. Or you can list your donations in the "free stuff" category for each city featured on Craigslist.
Sid Kirchheimer writes about consumer and health issues. Check out the Ask Sid archive. If you don’t find your answer there, send a query.
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