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http://www.cancer.org/

Together with millions of supporters, the American Cancer Society (ACS) saves lives and creates a world with less cancer and more birthdays by helping people stay well, helping people get well, by finding cures and by fighting back.

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http://www.petfinder.com/shelters.html

Most animal shelters accept towels, linens and bedding.

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www.batteriesplus.com

Batteries Plus recycles batteries and many portable electronics. Recycling of batteries reduces waste in our landfills, stops harmful chemicals from contaminating soil and water, and preserves our environment by decreasing the need for new raw materials from the earth.

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http://www.betterworldbooks.com/

Better World Books supports world literacy by reselling used books. A portion of the profits go toward setting up reading programs in other countries. You can donate or sell your books to them.  Here is a list of what they will accept

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http://www.boxcycle.com/

BoxCycle is a marketplace for used cardboard boxes. They make it easier than ever to find and buy used shipping and moving boxes or turn unneeded boxes into green profit. Reuse lets you benefit from this investment with little or no additional environmental impact. While recycling cardboard is beneficial, it only reduces the environmental impact by a little bit. Local reuse eliminates environmental impact. You can make a real difference by helping boxes live longer!

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http://www.call2recycle.org/

Call2Recycle is a program of the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC) promoting environmental sustainability by providing free battery and cell phone recycling in North America. RBRC is a 501(c)4 nonprofit public service organization. They invite you to join their efforts to advance green business practices and environmental sustainability.

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http://www.catholiccharitiesusa.org/page.aspx?pid=292

Catholic Charities serves a wide range of disadvantaged populations: dependent, abused and neglected children; unemployed or homeless adults; parents and children requiring family counseling; people struggling as the result of drug abuse or alcoholism; senior citizens with special needs; and many more. They seek to break the cycle of poverty, abuse and neglect. They empower people to make permanent changes in their lives leading to self-sufficient, dignified lifestyles.

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http://cellphonesforsoldiers.recellular.com/shippinglabel-generic.html 

It’s simple and free. Every phone you donate will increase the amount of talk time they can provide to our troops! Donated cell phones are sold to a company that recycles them. The money is then used to purchase calling cards that are sent to troops in need.

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http://www.charitymusic.org/

Charity Music helps cultivate young artists by loaning musical instruments to homeless students and at-risk and disadvantaged youth wishing to explore their hidden musical talents. In addition, they provide musical instruments and live entertainment to veteran hospitals nationwide.

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http://www.collectibleswithcauses.org/
 
Collectibles with Causes charity accepts all types of collectibles as a charity donation. Donate a pinball machine, cash register, vinyl records, barware, lighters, figurines, vanity items, anything you collect. In addition to being a great tax and financial benefit for you, the proceeds benefit families in need and charitable causes across the United States.

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www.collegehunks.com

College Hunks Hauling Junk and Moving is a national franchise specializing in junk removal, donation pickup and moving. They are a green company that recycles or donates about 60% of what they collect. They donate a portion of every junk removal and moving fee to a fund that sends underprivileged students to college.

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http://www.corkforest.org/cork_reharvest.php
 
Cork ReHarvest has led the cork recycling movement in the US and Canada, helping to collect and recycle some of the billions of natural corks that are produced each year. They also educate the public about the vital importance of preserving and protecting the Mediterranean cork forests. Cork collection boxes are placed in grocery stores, wine and bottle shops and winery tasting rooms. They also partner with the Food and Beverage and Hospitality industries to collect cork at restaurants, hotels, wine bars, convention and performing arts centers. The major goal for this recycling program is to reduce the corks’ carbon footprint.

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http://crazycrayons.com/index.html

This community service program employs people with developmental disabilities and has made it possible to stop more than 77,000 pounds of unwanted crayons from going into landfills. They recycle unwanted, rejected or broken crayons into new crayons! There are drop-off bins nationally. 

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http://www.disposemymeds.org/

DisposeMyMeds.org is an online resource to help you to find medication disposal programs at a local independent community pharmacy near you. In addition to proper disposal, you can help prevent drug misuse and abuse each time you take in your prescriptions.

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http://www.donatemydress.org

Donate My Dress is the first national campaign designed to encourage girls around the country to donate their prom and special occasion dresses to those who cannot afford them for prom, sweet 16 or formals. The site features a directory of local dress drive organizations across the U.S. that will enable girls to easily find out where in their local markets they can donate or receive a dress.

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http://www.dvds4vets.org/
 
DVDs4VETs provides DVDs for veterans who for any reason cannot obtain them on their own. Donors help by giving new and used movies to veterans, especially to those with limited access, in order to view the latest Hollywood releases.

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http://www.freecycle.org/

The Freecycle Network™ is a grassroots online and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns. It’s all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills. Membership is free. 

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If you’d like to recycle fresh flower arrangements, a few places that are normally happy to accept them are:

  1. Churches
  2. Nursing homes or retirement center
  3. Knights of Columbus Halls
  4. VFW Halls

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http://www.goodwill.org/

At Goodwill, the sales of your donations help fund job training programs, employment placement services and other community-based programs for people who have disabilities, lack education or job experience or face employment challenges.  Goodwill accepts your new or gently used items.

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http://www.habitat.org/getinv/materials_donations.aspx

Habitat for Humanity builds safe and affordable homes for people in need. Many of them operate ReStores, which sell reusable and surplus building materials, furniture and appliances to the public. The proceeds fund local Habitat house construction. 

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Most dry cleaners are more than happy to accept and recycle wire hangers.

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http://www.homedepot.com/
 
As part of Home Depot’s long term commitment to the environment and sustainability, they are offering FREE in-store fluorescent bulb recycling at all stores nationwide. Just look for signs and collection units in your stores.

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http://www.homesforourtroops.org/site/PageServer

Homes for Our Troops is committed to helping those who have selflessly given to our country and have returned home with serious disabilities and injuries since September 11, 2001. They assist severely injured Veterans and their immediate families by raising donations of money, building materials and professional labor to build homes for them that provides maximum freedom of movement and the ability to live more independently.

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http://www.lenscrafters.com/

LensCrafters partners with OneSight, a family of vision care programs dedicated to restoring and preserving clear vision to those in need through outreach, research and education, in order to hand-deliver the gift of sight to those in need worldwide. OneSight works together with trained volunteers from LensCrafters to collect donated eyeglasses and coordinate Global Clinics to give needy individuals free eyewear, eye exams and the ability to live a fuller life.

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http://wish.org/about
 
Since 1980, the Make-A-Wish Foundation® has given hope, strength and joy to children with life-threatening medical conditions. The organization started with one boy’s wish to be a police officer and has evolved into an organization that grants a child’s wish in the U.S. every 40 minutes.

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http://www.menswearhouse.com

Men’s Wearhouse has a national suit drive each summer to benefit at-risk men who are transitioning back into the workforce. Donate your gently used professional attire, and give a man a chance to transform his life.

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http://www.mac-recycling.com/index.html

According to the EPA, each year, 2,500,000,000 pounds of used clothing ended up in landfills. What’s more, the average person adds more than 67 pounds of clothing to the pile each year (Source: Council for Textile Recycling). And 99% of that could have been reused or recycled. 

Mid-Atlantic Clothing Recycling (MAC) is a professional clothing recycling company that is committed to helping American’s achieve another important step in recycling. The recycling of used clothing and shoes. They contribute to the environment by helping to keep millions of pounds of solid waste out of our nation’s landfills by making it safe, easy and convenient for communities to recycle used clothing.

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http://www.mda.org/
 
The Muscular Dystrophy Association provides help, hope & knowledge about Muscular Dystrophy through a varierty of educational resources, clinics, training programs, camps, etc.

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http://www.cristina.org/welcome.html 

The National Cristina Foundation provides computer technology and solutions to give people with disabilities, students at risk and economically disadvantaged persons the opportunity, through training, to lead more independent and productive lives.

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http://www.officedepot.com 

Since 2003, Office Depot has provided a simple, green, free way to recycle your empty ink and toner cartridges. They have helped keep waste out of our landfills by recycling over 58.8 million ink and toner cartridges. You can help create less waste by sending them your empty ink and toner cartridges! They’ll even provide you with pre-paid shipping labels.

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https://www.officemaxperks.com/RecyclingProgram.aspx?cm_sp=category%20banner-_-mp3dol-_-inkandtoner 

You can earn $3 in rewards for each undamaged ink or toner cartridge you drop at any OfficeMax store location. 

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http://www.onesight.org/na/

One Sight is a family of vision care charities dedicated to providing healthy vision, eyewear and sun protection to those in need worldwide. Since 1988, their charitable efforts have provided free vision care and eyewear to more than eight million people and have granted millions of dollars towards optical research and education.

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http://onewarmcoat.org/
 
One Warm Coat partners with thousands of groups across North America, who share the same goal of collecting coats to give to those in need, free of charge. Donated coats always go directly to children, women and men in need. They also provide tools and resources to help volunteers organize coat drives in their own areas.

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PianoAdoption.com

Piano Adoption is a free site where you can find a home for your unused piano. Give the gift of music to a family in search of a starter piano or an institution such as a church, school or retirement home in need of a piano. For every piano that is unwanted or no longer used, there may be dozens of potential recipients in your area. Piano Adoption is dedicated to finding a new home for all serviceable pianos before they end up in the local landfill.  

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http://www.playitagainsports.com/

Kids grow like weeds – and they outgrow sports equipment so fast it’s amazing.  Much of this gear is still in great condition and has lots of years left in it, which makes that cluttered garage or closet a potential source of income.  If your treadmill is collecting dust and you have a fancy to try something new like an elliptical machine, we can help you trade your quality used fitness equipment in for something new, used or for cash.  Instead of getting pennies on the dollar at a garage sale, simply bring your used sports and fitness gear in to a Play It Again Sports store where they will buy, sell and trade quality sports equipment. Play It Again Sports pays cash for all kinds of sports and fitness equipment, large and small.  

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www.pollyklaas.org/

The Polly Klaas Foundation helps find missing children, prevents children from going missing, and promotes laws like Amber Alert that help keep children safe. They have helped more than 6,900 families of missing children, counseling them on ways to find their children and working with law enforcement. 

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http://www.projectlinus.org/ 

As Charles Schulz’s Linus character from the PEANUTS comic strip was comforted by his blanket, Project Linus strives to do the same and more for children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need. The blankets distributed to these children provide love, a sense of security, warmth, and comfort.

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http://radioshack.cexchange.com/online/home/index.rails

Radio Shack accepts eligible working electronics as trade-ins for gift cards. If your item doesn’t have any trade in value, they will recycle it free for you. Their website will determine the trade-in value of your item(s) and create a pre-paid shipping label for you.

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http://www.rampusa.org/

RAMP gathers and delivers unused HIV medicines to organizations overseas. Under doctor’s supervision, these organizations provide these life-saving drugs to patients who otherwise have no access to them.

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http://recork.org/

ReCORK is a natural wine cork recycling program. Natural cork, the kind used in wine closures, is a perfect choice for recycling. It’s 100% natural, biodegradable and renewable. There is no reason natural wine corks should end up as garbage when recycled cork can become flooring tiles, building insulation, automotive gaskets, craft materials, soil conditioner and sports equipment.

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 http://www.rubbishworks.com

Rubbish Works offers on-demand labor, hauling, waste disposal, junk removal, rubbish pickup and recycling solutions for both residential and commercial customers. They specialize in the removal of old furniture, appliances, garage items and renovation debris. They can assist you with the removal of single items to multiple truckloads. Rubbish Works is green. They are a committed, eco-friendly recycling company. Up to 50% of the rubbish they remove is recycled on an ongoing basis. They make every effort to responsibly recycle or donate the items they take away. 

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http://www.stuffedanimalsforemergencies.org/

SAFE (Stuffed Animals for Emergencies) collects various items such as stuffed animals, toys, books and baby blankets and donates them to fire, ambulance and police departments to benefit children during emergency situations such as fires, illness, accidents, neglect, abuse, homelessness and even weather emergencies such as tornadoes, floods and hurricanes.  They also donate the items they receive to other childrens organizations, military organizations, libraries and even nursing homes.

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Here is a list of some suggestions for places you can donate your sewing machine.

  1. Contact local quilting clubs.
  2. Contact schools that teach sewing.
  3. Many sewing machine manufacturers such as Pfaff, Husqvarna Viking, and Bernina offer the opportunity to join clubs through local dealerships. These clubs often work on charitable projects. Contact your local dealer or visit your machine manufacturer’s website for more information.

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http://www.staples.com/sbd/cre/marketing/ecoeasy/recycling.html?cmSearchKeyword=recycle

Staples makes it easy for you to do your part by offering a variety of convenient technology recycling programs including empty ink and toner cartridges, office technology, rechargeable batteries and cell phone recycling. They also offer technology trade-in services.

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http://www.suitcasesforkids.org/

Suitcases for Kids gratefully accepts your luggage donation for their campaign to provide every child in foster care with a suitcase. Only with your help is this goal becoming a success!

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http://www.takebackexpress.com/

Take Back Express is the industries one-stop solution in providing technology-driven reverse distribution collection solutions for end of life products that would otherwise harm our environment. They simplify and streamline the returns collection process, minimizing the time consuming job of returns management, decreasing the amount of product shipping time, and maximizes operating efficiency.

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www.thearc.org

The ARC is a community-based organization advocating for and serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. They encompass all ages and all spectrums from autism, Down syndrome, Fragile X and various other developmental disabilities.They are the premier provider of support and services.

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http://www.theboldermatcompany.com/
 
The Bolder Mat Company helps connect you with yoga charities all across the United States that are in need of donated yoga mats. By donating and recycling your old mats, you help create some happiness for those less fortunate.

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http://www.dreamingzebra.org/

The Dreaming Zebra Foundation providing support so that children and young adults are given an equal opportunity to explore and develop their creativity in the arts. Their Community Art Recycling Program provides access to art and music supplies for thousands of children, schools, art therapy programs and community organizations throughout the United States.

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http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/index.html

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) schedules periodic nationwide medication drop-off events referred to as National Prescription Drug Take-Back Days. These events are a great opportunity to safely dispose of unwanted and unused medications.

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http://www.humanesociety.org/
 
The Humane Society of the United States seeks a humane and sustainable world for all animals — a world that will also benefit people. They are America’s mainstream force against cruelty, exploitation and neglect, as well as the most trusted voice extolling the human-animal bond.

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http://www.theonitfoundation.org/
 
The On It Foundation (Opportunities Necessary to Increase Technology) is dedicated to providing free computers along with computer training and Internet access to low income families with students in grades K-12.

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http://www.loosefillpackaging.com

The Plastic Loose Fill Council’s mission is  to promote the reuse of polystyrene loose fill, commonly known as packing peanuts. This is a national consumer hotline and national directory site.

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http://www.svdpusa.org

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul offers tangible assistance to those in need on a person-to-person basis. They accepts gently used furniture, household items and clothing. They cannot accept large appliances such as stoves, refrigerators or washers and dryers.

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http://www.thinkgreenfromhome.com/ThinkGreenFromHome.cfm

Waste Management pioneers environmentally sustainable solutions to waste needs. Last year, they recycled enough paper to save 41 million trees and supplied enough waste-based energy to replace more than 14 million barrels of oil.

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http://www.twomenandatruck.com/movers-for-moms

Two Men and a Truck locations across the country collect donations for women during the spring and deliver them to local women’s and family shelters on Mother’s Day.

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http://www.voa.org/

Volunteers of America is dedicated to helping those in need rebuild their lives and reach their full potential. Their human service programs include housing and healthcare which support and empower America’s most vulnerable groups including veterans, at-risk youth, the frail elderly, men and women returning from prison, homeless individuals and families, people with disabilities and those recovering from addictions.

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http://www.wheelsforwishes.org/

The proceeds from the sale of your donated vehicle benefit your local Make-A-Wish Foundation chapter. When children are critically ill, they need a loving family, excellent medical services, an extended community of supportive, loyal friends and teachers and people who care. Although doctors provide the medical care, they tell us that a wish is powerful medicine. It is the wishes that provide hope, laughter and a fun time for the children to be who they are… children. They want to think about something other than their illness and imagine a future with better days and dreams that come true.

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http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/

Cork ReHarvest has led the cork recycling movement in the US and Canada, helping to collect and recycle some of the billions of natural corks that are produced each year. They also educate the public about the vital importance of preserving and protecting the Mediterranean cork forests. Cork collection boxes are placed in Whole Foods Markets. The major goal for this recycling program is to reduce the corks’ carbon footprint.

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http://www.worldcomputerexchange.org/
 
World Computer Exchange believes that exposing youth in developing countries to a 21st century education by bridging the digital divide makes for a better world. Being better educated means that these youth will be more equipped to fight poverty, disease, injustice and instability.

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Here are several suggested ways to recycle your yearbooks:

  1. Contact the school library that your yearbook is from. They may want them.
  2. List them on Freecycle, Craigslist or E-bay. Someone may have lost theirs in a fire, flood, etc.
  3. High School yearbooks are sold in many used book stores and are available on on-line book dealers sites.

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The provision of referrals for charities, ministries, donation sites and green companies is offered by The Stuff Stop as a referral service. We assume no responsibility for the actions or the services provided by any organization referred through this website.