Microwaves and old appliances
Habitat for Humanity Restores can use working appliances to help finance their affordable housing projects. The Good Will and Salvation Army also will take appliances that do not work. They use these appliances to give the disable new learning skills in small appliance repair. https://www.Habitate.org (800-422-4828)
Computers, laptops, printers and monitors
These items can help at-risk students and the disabled to learn a skill. The National Christina Foundation will match your donation, and most of the time they will pick up your donation. https://www.Cristina.org
Cell phones, digital cameras and iPads
How many cell phones, digital cameras, and iPads do you have lying around and you do not know what to do with? Why not give them to a charity? Recycling for Charity https://www.RecyclingforCharity.com (866-630-7557) will sell these items and donate the money to a charity of your choice and in your name. There is a list of about 20 categories of these types of items and even video games and calculators that can be donated to any of 50 charities. https://www.Gazelle.com
Habitat for Humanity can use the unused paint you have left over from painting a room or two in your house. There are also local schools, community centers and local theater groups in your community that can use this left over paint. There are millions of gallons of left over paint every year; therefore, you are also helping the planet as well.
Old cartridge toners
Recycle for Charity https://www.Recycle4Charity.com (800-588-7960) sells back the old cartridges to the manufactures, who refurbish the cartridges. About 20 percent of the money is donated to causes like the Helen Keller International. This donation helps to restore someone’s sight.
Medications that not unused up
Did the doctor prescribe medication for you that are left over and you do not know what to do with it. The solution is simple, International Medical Relief at https://www.InternationalMedicalRelief.org (970-635-0110) and World Medical Relief at https://www.WorldMedicalRelief.org (313-866-5333) can use these unused medications to help people in third world countries. Many of these countries do not have access to these kinds of medications; therefore many die from a simple disease when they could have been saved.
There is so much we can do with stuff we see as trash and either throw away or just hang on to because we do not know how to safely get rid of.