Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! The biggest savings to the environment in terms of resource use, energy savings, and pollution reduction come from thrifty purchasing (avoiding consumer waste) and reusing/repairing items before recycling. The Ann Arbor area is fortunate to have many local outlets to support reuse.
Ann Arbor District Library, Main Branch - 343 S. Fifth Ave., 302.7774, www.faadl.org. Accepts books, cds, and DVDs for Friends of the Library Book Store, delivered to the loading dock during library hours.
Ann Arbor PTO Thrift Shop - 2280 S. Industrial, 996.9155, www.a2ptothriftshop.org. Accepts and sells furniture, household goods, small appliances, jewelry, antiques, clothing, toys, books and media in support of Ann Arbor Public Schools. Call for free furniture pickup.
Ann Arbor Thrift Shop - 3530 Washtenaw, 662.6771, www.annarborthriftshop.org. Accepts and sells clothing, jewelry, antiques, books, furniture, and small household items. Donations accepted at the blue side door.
Drop-Off Station - 2950 E. Ellsworth, 971.9400, www.recycleannarbor.org $3 entry fee. Accepts most electronics. Also recycles appliances, computers, televisions. Some fees may apply.
Food Gatherers - 1 Carrot Way, 761.2796, www.foodgatherers.org. Call or check Web site for food and personal care item donation guidelines
Friends in Deed - 1196 Ecorse Rd. Ypsilanti, MI, 484.7607, www.friendsindeed.info. Provides free, good-condition furniture and cars to needy of Washtenaw County.
Goodwill - 557 E Michigan Ave. Saline. 429.2789, www.goodwillsemi.org. Accepts clothing, household items, toys, furniture, and small appliances. Accepts computers for recycling.
Habitat for Humanity ReStore - 170 Aprill Drive, 822.1530 (warehouse), 3909 Jackson Rd.,478.6331 (storefront) www.h4h.org/restore/. Accepts and sells building materials, tools, appliances, and furniture. Will schedule pickups. Also accepts many electronics for free recycling.
House by the Side of the Road - 824 Phoenix, 971.2550. Accepts clothing, bedding, toys, and small household articles. Call for donation and pickup information.
Humane Society of Huron Valley - 3100 Cherry Hill Rd., 662.5585, www.hshv.org. Accepts towels, pet articles, dog collars, leashes, and more. Check website for updated wishlist.
Kiwanis Club of Ann Arbor ‑ Downtown - 200 S. First at Washington, 665.0450, www.a2kiwanis.org, www.kiwanissale.com. Accepts and sells clothing, furniture, tools, toys, books, and small appliances. Schedules free pickups.
Military Order of the Purple Heart - Westland, 734.728.4560, www.donatestuff.com. Accepts clothing, household items, and small working appliances and TVs. Schedules free pickups.
Recycle Ann Arbor’s ReUse Center - 2420 S. Industrial, 222.7880, www.recycleannarbor.org. Accepts and sells salvaged building materials, working appliances, TVs, and household items. Pickup service available; some restrictions apply.
St. Vincent De Paul Society 1001 Broadway, 761.1400, www.svdpaa.org. Accepts clothing and household items.
Salvation Army, Area Drop‑Off Center - 1621 S. State, 332.3474, www.sawashtenaw.org. Accepts clothing, household goods, furniture, and jewelry. Call 800.728.7825 to schedule free pickups.
The Scrap Box - 581 State Circle, 994.0012, www.scrapbox.org. Accepts and sells craft items from industrial discards. Public welcome to recycle corks, coffee cans, cds, seashells, and baby food jars.