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Reusable Goods Program

Reuse Days - Pass it On!

Each month Durham Region will host a Reuse Day to encourage residents to drop off all good, usable items for use by local charities. See the events page for upcoming dates.

The following materials are acceptable donations for Reuse Days:

  • Lumber (clean, no nails and over 4ft. lengths)
  • Roofing material (new only)
  • Windows and doors (no slab hollow core doors)
  • Tools and hardware
  • Lighting fixtures
  • Metal or wooden furniture (no fabric chesterfields unless new)
  • Carpets (area rugs in like-new condition; no carpet remnants)
  • Counters and sinks
  • Plumbing supplies
  • Clothing and textiles
  • Books and magazines
  • CDs, DVDs, video games, records
  • Toys and games
  • Sporting equipment
  • Window coverings (no used vertical or horizontal blinds)
  • Housewares and accessories
  • Gardening equipment
  • Working appliances
  • Footwear and jackets

Donate

Organizations throughout Durham Region will accept previously used items such as clothing, housewares or sporting goods and sell them to support their programs and charitable work.  

         Goodwill Logo       Salvation Army Logo       Canadian Diabetes Association Logo       Habitat for Humanity Logo

If renovations are in your future, Habitat for Humanity Restores accept items from renovations such as windows, doors, paint, hardware, lumber, tools, lighting fixtures and even the kitchen sink.

Assortment of resuable goods

Hold a garage sale

You can get rid of large quantities of reusable items.  This can be a solo event or organized with the whole street or neighbourhood.

Place classified ads  

They are reasonably priced and widely read.

Consider local consignment shops

If you have a valuable item that you are not using, this is a great way to allow others to make use of it and make some money.

Look at online forums

There are many opportunities to buy and sell items on the internet.  There are also online organizations such as Freecycle or Craigslist that bring people together in your community who have items to give away.