8 Things You Can Donate from Your Old Kitchen
If anything is a constant in home improvement, it’s the trash. Home improvement projects tend to leave behind plenty of sawdust, screws, and wood scraps. Donating your renovation materials keeps functional items out of the landfill. Other renovators get the materials they need for their projects and you help others while getting rid of your trash. Many local Habitat ReStores provide donation pickup services and your donations may qualify for a tax deduction. Donating is a win-win situation!
Donating is a great way to keep these bulky items out of the landfill. If you’re donating a bathtub or sink, make sure that they are not stained or have chips in the porcelain. If you are remodeling an older bathroom, your vintage fixtures may be surprisingly popular at the local architectural salvage store.
Remodeling a kitchen often means replacing kitchen cabinets. Luckily, someone else may want the kitchen cabinets you remove and recycling them will cut down on construction waste. Kitchen cabinets should be in good working order. Check to make sure that the drawer pulls work and keep the doors and drawers together when you donate them.
You can also donate working appliances like stoves, refrigerators, dishwashers*, and washing machines. They need to be clean and in good working order. Many organizations will help these appliances find a new home, including Habitat for Humanity, home salvage shops, and secondhand stores.
Doors and Windows
Both internal and external doors could be used by someone else but they must be clean and undamaged, so look for holes or alterations before donating. Windows and sliding glass patio doors also can be donated. However, you must check for cracks or holes in the glass, as they might make the glass unstable and likely to break.
Wood and Lumber
Wood from framing or home improvement projects can be easily recycled. Most organizations that accept donated lumber request that you remove nails and screws as they can pose a safety hazard. Other donation concerns include wood with ripped or sharp edges and some types of treated wood. Salvage shops usually accept larger pieces of wood, including two-by-fours and plywood. A local woodworking class might appreciate smaller pieces of wood.
Many salvage yards will recycle wood flooring that is in good and undamaged condition with no visible nails and screws. They will also recycle extra boxes of tiles from a home improvement project. Not all types of flooring are recyclable, so talk to your local salvage shop before donating.
Light fixtures can be recycled through salvage shops or through other community organizations. Salvage shops often have a high demand for working light fixtures, and many community organizations use donated light fixtures when rehabilitating low-income homes. You can also donate light switches, switch covers, and wiring to cut your construction waste down even more.
Handles and Knobs
Many people replace door handles and cabinet knobs when updating a room’s appearance. These fixtures are often still in good condition and can be donated to a local salvage shop. Door handles will be most useful when all the parts are kept together, so put all of the pieces in a bag before donating.
Thanks to Habitat for Humanity for providing this information.