The new year brings resolutions and goals about getting organized and staying that way. If you are clearing clutter and are ready to part with items – from clothes, books and music to household goods, electronics and décor – then go local and donate usable items to Portland neighbors and organizations. These online tools make it easy for you to reuse, borrow and share stuff you longer want or need.
Many groups and organizations are free and offer Portland-area residents simple ways to move useful materials through the community and into the hands of others who need them.
Freecycle is a grassroots movement committed to a sharing economy and helping people give and gain cool free stuff. It promotes reuse and keeping usable items out of landfills.
Paying it Forward Store
The Paying it Forward Store helps those in immediate need of clothing, coats and shoes and connects to other like-minded organizations by collecting and distributing donated items.
Nextdoor is a tool for getting helpful recommendations and resources from neighbors in addition to borrowing, donating or selling items.
Buy Nothing Project
Buy Nothing Project members post anything you’d like to give away, lend or share. It is neighborhood- and Facebook-based, focused on items you’d like to borrow or acquire, at no cost, from neighbors.
- Resourceful PDX has a map of where to take items for donation, plus places to borrow, swap and repair your stuff.
- The Oregonian posted a list of local places to donate clothes.
- Metro has compiled a helpful list of charitable organizations you can contact for pick up or drop off usable items.
Have unusable bulky items?
Your garbage and recycling company can remove large items that are not reusable or recyclable for an extra charge. Call your company a week in advance and they will give you a cost estimate. For a reasonable charge, they will pick up appliances, furniture, large branches, stumps and other big items. For curbside pickup, set bulky items at your curb on the day your garbage and recycling company has agreed to pick them up.
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