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
- 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
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.
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.
Scraps of fabric and non-reusable textiles
Worn out textiles and scraps of fabric have value. Charitable groups like the Canadian Diabetes Association and the Salvation Army sort non-reusable textiles and sell them to rag buyers. Rag buyers sort material by type, remove buttons and zippers, shred them and turn them into insulation, stuffing for car seats, under padding for carpet and many other uses.
Don't throw fabric items of any shape or form away in the garbage, reuse it.
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.
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 Kijiji that bring people together in your community who have items to give away.