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Reuse and Donation Resources

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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 nation’s 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.

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Book and Media Swaps

  • 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.
  • image of Paperbackswap.com logoPaperbackSwap.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.
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    • 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.

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.


 

Physical Sites/Stores/Outlets

  • 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 New Jersey Habitat for Humanity ReStore locations.
     
  • The Market 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.
     
  • 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 973-742-1126 or 1-800-95-TRUCK.
     
    • Dover
      24 Bassett Highway
      Dover, NJ 07801
      Phone: 973-366-6626
      Hours: Mon-Sat., 9:00-5:00
    • Pompton Lakes
      43 Lakeside Avenue
      Pompton Lakes, NJ 07442
      Phone: 973-839-4492
      Hours: Mon-Sat., 8:30-4:30
    • Green Brook
      199 E. Rt. 22
      Green Brook, NJ 08812
      Phone: 732-968-1332
      Hours: Mon-Fri 9:00-7:00 Sat 9:00-8:00
       
  • Goodwill NY/NJ 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 718-777-6344. 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
      Phone: 973-616-2860
    • Rockaway Store (new as of Dec. 2009)
      Rockaway Commons Mall
      226 Highway 46
      Rockaway, NJ
      Mon-Sat 10am-8pm and Sun 10am-7pm
      Phone: (973)983-5693
    • Fairfield Store
      423 Route 46 West
      Fairfield, NJ 07004
      Phone: (973)227-1842
    • Springfield Store
      126 Route 22
      Springfield, NJ 07081
      Phone: (973)912-0156
       
  • Furnishing Solutions opened in the summer of 2012 as a furniture resale store. The store is located at 2960 Route 10 W (Powder Mill Plaza West) in Morris Plains, and we are well stocked with many lovely pieces.
     

    The concept is a win-win for our communicty; local residents with furnishings they no longer need donate them, while others looking for quality items at bargain prices, purchase them. All proceeds from Furniture Solutions go to support Homeless Solutions, Inc. programs and services. If you are interested in donating an item, please email a photo to donations@furnishingsolutions.org.
     

  • Green Demolitions 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 Morris, Bergen & Passaic - 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: Kathy DeYoung, phone:  973-409-2751  ext. 10. 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. 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: www.LUPUSPICKUP.ORG
     
  • Your ReSource -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

  • Freecycle.org - 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.
     
  • ReUse Marketplace - 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 Marketplace.
     
  • www.ThrowPlace.com/ - Take what you need and throw what you don't, the Internet's landfill alternative.  Help others, donate excess goods, everything is free on www.ThrowPlace.com.
     
  • SwapStyle - 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!