If you have large appliances – refrigerators, ovens, washing machines – that are in pretty good condition and younger than 10 years old, ReStore will take them off your hands. It will also take renovation materials like extra tiles, wood, sinks or unopened paint. All donations are inspected before being accepted and then resold at the Restore to raise money for Habitat for Humanity. For $30, they’ll come pick it up. And, for donations valued at $150 or more, you’ll get a tax receipt.
3465 Sunridge Way N.E., 403-253-9331, restorecalgary.ca
NeighbourLink collects furniture, household items and baby supplies (and money) to help Calgarians living under the low income cut off as set by Statistics Canada. It’s ICU2 program makes sure that all babies have a crib to sleep in and safe, appropriate car seats. NeighbourLink partners with other organizations such as Children’s Cottage Society and Fresh Start Recovery Centre to make sure families have what they need when moving out of shelters. Call ahead to see what donation they are currently in need of.
Good Life Community Bike Shop will take used bikes and all of the various components and accessories that go with them. Bikes might be given to a child who completes one of Good Life’s programs or it could be sold in the store. If it can’t be fixed, it will be stripped for parts and those parts will be sold to help keep Good Life going.
2100 4 St. S.W. 403-984-4727, goodlifebikes.ca
If you want to get rid of an old junker and free up a parking space, contact donatecar.ca It will take your car – running or not – for free and deal with selling it for the highest price. The proceeds go to the charity of your choice and you get a tax receipt.
You can donate your computer to the Electronic Recycling Association. It removes your data and refurbishes computers and laptops and donates them to non-profits or charities that need them. ERA also has a hard drive shredder if you have a hard drive that you want to dispose of.
1301 34 Ave. S.E., 403-262-448, era.ca
Computers that are beyond repair can be brought to London Drugs. It will wipe all of your data and break apart the components – plastic, metal, circuit boards – to be properly recycled. You can also recycle your cell phones, rechargeable batteries, ink jet or laser cartridges and printers at London Drugs.
8 locations in Calgary, londondrugs.com
Bring your used sports equipment – golf clubs, tennis rackets, hockey gear, etc. – to Play It Again Sports. Staff there will check it out and decide how much it is worth to them (they resell the equipment in the store). You can choose to be paid out immediately or get a store credit, which you can use to buy even more equipment thus continuing the cycle.
270 Stewart Green S.W., 403-686-4228, playitagainsportswesthills.com
Dog supplies, office furniture, exercise equipment and other random items
If you have something random, give Deliver Good a chance. It matches the people who have the excess stuff with the individuals and non-profits who need it. Non-profits post requests for what it needs. You go to delivergood.org and type in what you have. It will show you what matches and you can read more about the non-profit to choose the one you like to most, message them, and see of your products really are a match. If you are thinking of revamping your company’s space or getting rid of some extra furniture, Deliver Good also works with offices.