“I spoke with the ladies and they said that they had a great time. We would like to do this monthly. Once every other month you can come here and the off month we will meet in Concord. If we do this and spend 2 hours together, is that it will hold us accountable to the tasks that you are teaching/showing us how to do and we won't be able to slack anymore. Do you think that we can swing this? Thanks very much Teresa for was one of the more fruitful meetings we've ever had.”

--Scott T. Esco
Senior Financial Advisor

Recyle/Reuse Information and Resources

Get rid of that old stuff in a responsible way

Check the Yellow Pages under Recycle/Reuse for a terrific guide for recycling, including a complete listing of Bay Area thrift stores.

Reuse and Recycling Guide
A wonderful 33-page Recycling and Re-use Guide in PDF format or printed hard copy from the Contra Costa County Community Development Department. Covers everything from hazardous waste drop-off locations to e-waste and curbside recycling in Contra Costa County.

Thrift Stores

Goodwill Industries of the Greater East Bay
Goodwill Industries of San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin Counties

Goodwill Industries of the Redwood Empire

Goodwill of Silicon Valley

Goodwill Industries of Portland

Shredding Services

5046 Commerce Circle

Cabinets and Furniture

Philanthropy By Design
Improves the quality of lives by providing design services with recycled and new furnishings.

Computer, Electronics and Appliance Recycling

Concord Recycle Center
Also known as the Pleasant Hill Recycle Center
1320 Galaxy Way Concord, CA 94524
Hours: Monday-Friday 8am-5pm, Saturday 8am-2pm

The Electronics Industries Alliance Environment Consumer Education Initiative
Lists hundreds of local and national organizations that will refurbish and donate your used electronics-including computers, stereo equipment and televisions. The site also lists recyclers for obsolete or broken equipment that is no longer useful.

Jaco Environmental Appliance Recycling

Cellular Phone Recycling

Verizon Wireless locations take any old cell phones or toll free 877-723-1297

Staples Office Supply Stores accepts used cell phones, PDAs, pagers and ink/toner cartridges.

Rechargeable Batteries or toll free 877-723-1297


Wardrobe for Opportunity in Concord and Oakland is always in need of up-to-date professional clothing and accessories for men and women. They also accept unopened toiletries, including travel or sample sizes.

Soles4Souls distributes gently worn footwear to the needy, including victims of natural disasters worldwide.  Consult its website,

The Princess Project donates dresses to disadvantaged teenage girls looking for their perfect prom attire.

Miscellaneous matches business and household item donations with the wish list of nonprofits that can provide pick-ups.

Local libraries accept CDs, DVDs, videos, recorded books and both paperback and hardback books. They do not accept textbooks, computer manuals, encyclopedias or out dated travel books.

ZUNAFISH Register as a member and you can post the titles of books you're done with. Then browse for the titles you'd like to trade for.

Habitat For Humanity ReStore accepts donations of new and used building materials and supplies in good condition. Online at:

Urban Ore Eco Park at the corner of Seventh and Ashby in Berkeley welcomes discarded home furnishings, books, electronics, office equipment and oddities. It is a fun place to poke around. 510-841-7283

Central Contra Costa County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility at 4797 Imhoff Place in Martinez is open Tuesday thru Saturday 9-4.  800-646-1431.

Contra Costa Transfer and Recovery Station takes the big stuff, including mattresses, carpet padding, tires, electronics, construction and demolition debris, furniture and appliances.  951 Waterbird Way, Martinez.  925-313-8900 for a complete list and fees.

Businesses such as UPS stores will take a small amount of bubble pack and polystyrene materials, otherwise known as peanuts. Call the Peanut Hotline (800-828-2214) to find neighborhood stores where you can drop off packing peanuts for reuse.

Lions Club will take eyeglasses, hearing aids and medical appliances for the physically impaired, such as crutches, walkers, wheelchairs, and shower and potty chairs.

Penny Saver allows you to advertise FREE STUFF.  800-479-479

Donate musical instruments. You can donate musical instruments that are in working order to this after-school program in New Orleans that teaches children 9 to 14 how to read and play music.

Donate video games. This organization accepts your used games and then posts them for sale with the purchase price going to fund medical research to help fight rare, life threatening or debilitating diseases.

Donate sports equipment. Your gently used athletic equipment can help underprivileged children enjoy the fun of sports.

Donate winter coats.

Donate furniture. This organization will pick up and deliver your furnishings to families in need.

Donate text books. This organization accepts text books of all kinds, from picture books to encyclopedias to help fill libraries and classrooms throughout the continent. Except for dictionaries, reference books should have been published in the last ten years.

Charities without thrift stores you can donate directly to:

Bay Area Alliance for Youth and Family Services 

If you know of any excellent organizations, charities or community resources which are not listed here, please contact us.