Reuse, Donation and Upcycle Resources
Today we are awakening to the fact that not all of the items that were buried in the landfill should have been. With an emphasis on recycling and waste reduction, the MCMUA is re-evaluating standard concepts of trash disposal and is searching for more efficient ways to deal with municipal solid waste.
Reuse is a more cost-effective and environmentally sound approach than landfilling or even recycling. Reuse promotes both the environmental benefits of conserving our nations natural resources and of keeping valuable materials out of landfills. Communities that develop programs to conserve and reuse resources are also enhancing the growth of their businesses and charitable organizations and are protecting the environment.
- Terracycle Headquartered in Trenton, New Jersey, TerraCycle is an international upcycling and recycling company that collects difficult-to-recycle packaging and products and repurposes the material into affordable, innovative products. TerraCycle works with more than 100 major brands in the U.S. and 22 countries overseas to collect used packaging and products that would otherwise be destined for landfills. It repurposes that waste into new, innovative materials and products that are available online and through major retailers.
- The Book Barn - located at 18 Pocono Road, Denville, NJ. Shop, volunteer or donate gently used books. The Book Barn does NOT accept any encyclopedias and text books older three years. Proceeds go to local charities. The store hours are Wednesday-Thursday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM and Saturdays 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM. Call before donating, 973-625-6411. Book donations accepted during business hours; The Book Barn does not provide pick-up service.
- MakeUsof.com's Book and Media Swap Listing A listing of the 10 best websites to swap books, movies, games and CDs is provided at this link.
PaperbackSwap.com - Trade books for free with online book swap.
- It's easy: List books you'd like to swap with other club members.
- Once a book is requested, mail it to the club member.
- In return, you may choose from almost 5 million available books!
- Books you request are mailed to you for free.
- No late fees. No hidden charges.
- List the books, CDs, movies, and video games that you want to trade and/or receive and swap.com does the rest.
- Swap.com shows the items that can be receive for your items.
- Once the other traders accept, the trade is complete and you will then be provided the shipping address where you need to ship your item.
Book and Media Swaps
Green Scene Videos
"The Green Scene" is a series of short, instructional videos about easy steps to take to "go green," help the environment. The videos were prepared by Girl Scout Katie Collington to complete her Girl Scout Gold Award Project. One of the last steps to attaining the Girl Scout Gold Award was to contact entities that may be able to post, as a public service, these environmental awareness videos on their applicable website(s). The MCMUA is helping the environment, the public and Katie out by posting these videos below; so please, take a look.
Morris Habitat for Humanity ReStore
- located Off Route 10 at 274 South Salem St., Suite 100 Randolph, New Jersey 07869 Shop,
volunteer or donate materials for sale at the ReStore. The
ReStore keeps furniture, appliances, and building materials out of
the waste stream by accepting donations of these new and gently used
materials for sale at low prices. The proceeds fund
Morris Habitat for Humanity's home building projects. Pickup may be
available. Click here for a listing of all Habitat for Humanity ReStore locations.
Street Mission maintains a 25,000 square-foot industrial
center, which houses a thrift store and warehouse, at the end of
George Street off Martin Luther King Avenue in Morristown. Among
the items offered for sale at bargain prices are new and used
furniture, clothing, housewares, appliances, sporting goods,
office furnishings, and knick-knacks. The thrift store accepts
donations of most items except toys, magazines, tires,
batteries, and weapons. Donations are tax-deductible, and all
proceeds benefit the Mission. Mission trucks, operated by men in
the work therapy program and are used to collect donated items on a weekly
schedule. -- Call (973) 538-0427 for free pickup.
Community Food Bank of New Jersey
is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that distributes over 23
million pounds of food and groceries a year, ultimately serving
1,656 non-profit programs including 436 programs served by its
partner distribution organizations.
Through their combined efforts, they assist three-quarters of a
million low-income people in 18 of New Jersey's 21 counties.
They will provide pickup of large quantities only.
Interfaith Food Pantry Serving Morris County
is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that provides food and groceries to eligible
Morris County residents. Applications are taken and food is given to anyone in need. Groceries are collected from a variety of sources:
Houses of Worship, Businesses and Schools, Community Service Programs, Local Groups and Organizations and Individuals and Families. The
Interfaith Food Pantry purchases food whenever donations run low in order to maintain our goal of providing reliable assistance to the community.
The Salvation Army Family Thrift Stores
are loaded with gently used clothing and household items that are donated
through their pickup service, drop-off bins, community centers
and stores. Fresh items arrive daily, and the proceeds from these
sales fund their adult rehabilitation program, which helps over
216,000 people every year. Our more than 1,497 conveniently
located stores offer shoppers the opportunity to purchase
quality clothing, furniture, household goods, sporting
equipment, books, electronics and much more at bargain prices.
Whether one is looking for an amazing deal on brand name goods,
searching for a rare treasure or antique, or simply looking to
purchase great products from a store that helps those in need,
The Salvation Army store is the place to go. All purchases
help the Salvation Army recycle goods to recycle lives.
To schedule a pickup, call 800-728-7825 or 1-800-SA-TRUCK.
24 Bassett Highway
Dover, NJ 07801
Hours: Mon-Sat., 9:00-5:00
43 Lakeside Avenue
Pompton Lakes, NJ 07442
Hours: Mon-Sat., 8:30-4:30
199 E. Rt. 22
Green Brook, NJ 08812
Hours: Mon-Fri 9:00-7:00 Sat 9:00-8:00
accepts your new or gently used items like
clothing, appliances and furniture and sells them in its well-known Goodwill retail stores.
Last year, more than 62
million people donated to Goodwill. There are more than 3,200 Goodwill donation locations in North America. The sales of
donations help fund job training and other career services that help people become successful at work. To reach the
Goodwill headquarters, call 718-777-6320. Pickup services are not available.
Pequannock Store (new as of Sept. 2012)
561 Route 23
Pompton Plains, NJ 07444
Mon-Sat 10am-8pm and Sun 10am-7pm
Rockaway Store (new as of Dec. 2009)
Rockaway Commons Mall
226 Highway 46
Mon-Sat 10am-8pm and Sun 10am-7pm
423 Route 46 West
Fairfield, NJ 07004
126 Route 22
Springfield, NJ 07081
- Pequannock Store (new as of Sept. 2012)
The Bargain Barn - located at 18 Pocono Road, Denville, NJ. Shop volunteer or
donate gently used items. Donations must NOT have any mold, rips or stains. The
Bargain Barn does not accept large furniture. Proceeds go to local charities. The
store hours are Tuesday-Friday 9:30 AM - 2:00 PM and Saturday 9:30AM-1:00PM. Call
before donating, 973-625-6093. Donations are accepted during business hours; The
Bargain Barn does not provide pick-up service.
The donation super-store is located at 275 Route 46 West, Fairfield, NJ 07004, Tel: 862-210-8332.
The 23,000 square foot super-store features a huge "Kitchen World" area plus sections including bathrooms, lighting, furniture, home
décor, artwork, cool gifts, luxury bargains, architectural elements, building materials, and more!
Green Demolitions helps people donate their unused or lightly used appliances, bathrooms, fixtures, furniture, kitchens, etc. to this charity. They have capability to send crews to dismantle and remove items, and they provide paperwork for charitable tax deductions. Likewise people can shop for donated items at this store.
Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Northern NJ -
This organization will take working TVs, appliances, radios, clothing and most gently used household items.
BBBSMBP does not pick up furniture or vehicle donations. For vehicle donations,
including autos, boats, trailers, motorcycles, etc., please call AdessaImpact at 800-710-9145.
To make a donation and or schedule a pickup, call (973)335-3044.
The Gruenert Center - (Catholic Charities, Diocese of Paterson)
- Contact: Carolina Nelson, phone: 973-409-2751 ext. 2. (firstname.lastname@example.org) Located
off the Espanong Road exit, between the north and southbound
lanes of Route 15 in Jefferson Township, NJ., the Gruenert Center
is on the top floor of the building complex. The center needs
the following items: adult-sized costume type clothing, greeting
cards, card stock, glue sticks, and any other craft supplies.
This is a drop-off only facility; Gruenert provides no pickup.
Lupus Foundation of America, Inc.
– The website contains a list of items that are acceptable. For more information, call: 1-(888) 445-8787. Portable TVs and computers are also acceptable.
To find out when the Lupus Foundation is an area and to schedule a pickup, call 1-(888) 445-8787. Scheduling may also be accomplished at the following website:
-A nonprofit organization based in Ewing, New Jersey, operates a program called Community Access to
Rehabilitation Equipment (C.A.R.E.). Through this program, donated durable medical equipment, such as crutches and wheelchairs, is provided
to those with limited financial resources. To donate or learn more about the program, call 609-530-1513 or visit
www.yourresourcenj.org. Drop-off locations are in Mount Laurel and New Egypt, NJ.
Pickup is provided only in the Mercer County area; there is no pickup provided in Morris County.
Internet-Based Exchange Links
- A site where everything posted must be free. Perform a search on the municipality of interest and
the freecycleMorrisNJ Group should appear. This is a grassroots 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. Each local group is moderated by local volunteers (them's good people). Membership is free.
- A search engine that allows you to browse available items from eight materials exchanges. The US
Environmental Protection Agency awarded a grant to the Northeast Recycling Council, Inc., to develop and manage the Reuse
- An online fashion swap party where one can swap clothes, accessories, cosmetics, shoes and lots more with
people from all around the world at any time, day or night. And it's free!