County of San Mateo
Where to Donate Unwanted Items
Free local posting: www.RecycleWorks.org/
www.freecycle.org reuse_center.html offers
www.Local2Me.com information on reuse
www.recycleworks.org/reuse_ X X X X X X X X X X X X
www.peninsulaonline.com resources including the
www.fogster.com – S.Peninsula listings detailed in the Notes
Books: children’s books only. Books for the Barrios
No library discards, no US collects educational
Books for the Barrios
history or foreign language learning aids and devices
2350 Whitman Road, Suite D
books. Only magazine accepted from schools, publishers
X X X is National Geographic. Accepts X* and school children in the X
toys, games and puzzles. United States and delivers
Computer equipment: No them to remote public
Macs; Pentium II or better. schools throughout the
*Call for pick-up information. Republic of the Philippines.
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Computer Equipment:
school To guide and inspire the
Peninsula Pentium III or better. Furniture:
supplies, youth of our community
Menlo Park Sofas, bookshelves, chairs,
X X X X X musical X* to develop the attitudes X
650-322-8065 and entertainment center
instruments, and life skills they need to
www.bgcp.org equipment only.
sports achieve their full potential.
*Call for pick-up information
Bridge to Asia
Stanford University Bookstore
(At Customer Service desk by College level books and above Bridge to Asia serves
the entrance) only. Put books in a box and university libraries in Asia
519 Lasuen Mall tightly tape shut. Call with and aids higher education
Stanford questions. in developing countries.
CALL Primrose Center Children’s & adult books. Food: CALL Primrose Center
139 Primrose Rd. Fresh, including home grown faithfully assists those in
Burlingame X X X produce, canned and packaged. need on a path towards X
650-342-2255 Medical: Canes, walkers, self-sufﬁciency by providing
www.callprimrose.org wheelchairs, shower chairs. direct aid & referral services.
The Career Closet
Career Closet Women’s interview and empowers economically
1163 Chess Dr., Suite A career clothing only. Must be disadvantaged women by
Foster City X clean, pressed and on hangers. providing suitable clothing X
650-572-1368 Donation hours: T 12-6, and other services to ensure
www.careercloset.org Th-F 12-4 success in gaining and
X* indicates “See Notes column.”
2 ALL DONATED ITEMS NEED TO BE IN GOOD CONDITION
provides shelter and
Clara-Mateo Alliance Food: prepared food only.
supportive services to
Menlo Park Sleepwear Household items: Bed linens &
X X X X individuals and families X
650-853-7066 and robes towels, baby equipment.
in need to assist them in
www.clara-mateo.org Call M-F before bringing items.
obtaining stable housing
Coastside Catholic Worker Clothing: For babies & children Coastside Catholic
160 Kelly Avenue up to 8 years. Food: canned Worker is a faith-based
Half Moon Bay X X X X X goods only. *Pick up on coast X* organization serving anyone
650-726-6606 only. Please call before bringing in need in the coastside
email@example.com items. area of San Mateo County.
Accepts all electronics except
kitchen & bathroom items. The Computer Recycling
See website for fees. Center’s mission is to
370 West Caribbean Drive
Takes electronics whether “Reuse the best and recycle
Sunnyvale X X X* X
working or not. Fixes non- the rest,” and to keep
working equipment so it can computer equipment out of
be re-used. *Picks up quantity the landﬁll.
The Center provides day
Elsa Segovia Center drop-in services for women
795 Willow Road Bldg 323-E & children and supportive
Menlo Park X X X X X Please call before donating. services to people in need X
650-326-9898 to assist them in obtaining
www.clara-mateo.org stable housing and self-
Large Appliances: less than The Ecumenical Hunger
10 years old. Computer Program works with
equipment: less than 5 families to eliminate their
years old. Furniture: no hunger and to break the
East Palo Alto X X X X X X X X X X X children & X* X
tears, scratches or stains. No cycle of poverty; provides
650-323-7781 infant items
ofﬁce items. Food: Fresh or food, clothing, household
unopened. *Picks up from essentials, social advocacy
Sunnyvale to San Mateo. and referral services.
Family Connections is a free
See wish list preschool that helps low
Menlo Park and East Palo
on website; Preschool children’s books income parents become
Alto Locations X X X
children’s and toys. involved in their children’s
car seats education and helps
prevent violence in families.
X* indicates “See Notes column.”
ALL DONATED ITEMS NEED TO BE IN GOOD CONDITION 3
Books: Gently used. No
Funders Bookstore of San
Mateo County Historical Audio All proceeds of the Funders
encyclopedia sets or library
Association & video Bookstore beneﬁt the San
X X discards. Drop off at the X* X
777 Hamilton Street cassettes, Mateo County Historical
Museum upstairs, 10 am-4 pm
Redwood City CDs & DVDs Association.
every day except Monday. *Will
pickup for larger collections.
Electronics: Any electronics, Goodwill Industries is an
Goodwill Industries of San
working or not. Books: No autonomous not-for-proﬁt
Francisco, San Mateo &
encyclopedias or magazines. social enterprise dedicated
X X X X X X X X Textbooks Household items: CDs, DVDs, to creating solutions to X
Multiple locations- call
& records; phones, including poverty through workforce
1-888-4-GOODWILL or see
cell phones. Can drop off at creation, social action and
stores and donation centers. environmental stewardship.
The Human Services Agency
Human Services Agency of Drop off of items in Daly City &
strives to promote self-
San Mateo County Belmont. *Pick-up possible.
X X X X X X X X X X X X X* sufﬁciency, increase family X
Daly City Medical: wheelchairs, walkers,
strength and stability, and
650-301-8444 hospital beds, etc.
improve community health.
Latino Commission/Entre Nonproﬁt administering ﬁve
Familia Computer equipment: 5 years residential homes primarily
South San Francisco X X X X X X X X X old or less. Mattresses: Good X for Latino men and women X
650-244-1444 condition only. with alcohol and drug
Accepts working computer and Parca provides quality
stereo equipment. Two monitor programs, services and
X X X X X X X limit. TV’s: 19 in. & smaller. X advocacy to people with X
Books: paperback only. Please developmental disabilities
call for pick up. and their families.
Other Electronics: Fax
sports The PHS/SPCA, a private
Peninsula Humane Society machines, stereos and TVs.
equipment: non-proﬁt organization
& SPCA Old newspaper/bedding
bikes, tennis guided by the humane
San Mateo X X X X X materials for pets. Items may X
racquets, ethic, builds healthy
650-340-7022 x 389 be brought to Pick of the
etc. Variety relationships between
www.peninsulahumanesociety.org Litter store: 1127 Chula Vista,
of items for people and animals.
Burlingame. Please call ﬁrst.
Project 90 is a premier
Clothing: Men’s only; no
Project 90 organization meeting
clothing with advertisements.
San Mateo X X X X X X X X the needs of individuals, X
Books: No textbooks.
650-333-8831 families, and the
community through alcohol
and drug recovery services.
X* indicates “See Notes column.”
4 ALL DONATED ITEMS NEED TO BE IN GOOD CONDITION
Small appliances: Small
TVs, microwaves. Clothing:
The organization helps
Puente de la Costa Sur Bikes, Only accepts men’s hooded
immigrants working in the
Pescadero X X X blankets sweatshirts and jackets. Food: X
agricultural and ﬂoricultural
1-866-892-8236 rice, beans, and canned fruit.
Please call before donating or
Accepts Rebuilding Together
certain Peninsula is a non-
Rebuilding Together items organization that builds
Appliances: 3 years old or less.
Peninsula in good volunteer partnerships to
Call ahead to see if item is
Redwood City X condition, X* rehabilitate homes and X
650-366-6597 including community facilities of
*Prefers drop-off donations.
www.rebuildingtogetherpeninsula.org carpeting low-income, elderly and/or
and disabled neighbors so they
electrical can live in warmth, safety
ﬁxtures. and independence.
Clothing: casual & barely used:
St. Francis Center includes baby & children’s
sheets, St. Francis Center helps
Redwood City clothing. Furniture: small
X X X X X X towels, needy families in the X
650-365-7829 pieces; Food: Non perishable
child car Redwood City area.
www.stfrancisrwc.org food within the expiration date
and fresh produce.
Appliances: frost free St. Vincent de Paul provides
St. Vincent de Paul Society refrigerators only; must be assistance to both families
Locations in Daly City, plugged in for 24 hours. and individuals in need
South San Francisco, X X X X X X X X Computers: none older than X in San Mateo County. X
San Mateo & Redwood City 3 years; whole systems only. Donated items provided
650-871-6844 Other items: no tears or stains, without charge to needy
or items needing repairs. families.
The Salvation Army The Salvation Army meets
*Call 650-266-4591 for Food
1-800-958-7825 X X X X X X X* X X X X X human needs in providing a X
www.satruck.com hand to mankind.
Samaritan House provides
Samaritan House a broad range of services
San Mateo *Clothing: clean & not torn: dedicated to meeting
X X* X X X X
341-4081 call 341-8309 the needs of low-income
www.samaritanhouse.com residents within San Mateo
X* indicates “See Notes column.”
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San Mateo County The Interfaith Hospitality
Interfaith Hospitality May also accept clothing Network’s purpose is to
Network Baby and computer equipment. engage the interfaith
X X X X
Burlingame Supplies Call regarding donation community in helping
650-652-1103 arrangements. homeless families regain
www.NIHN.org and sustain independence.
Senior Coastsiders Furniture: non-upholstered
Next-to-New Thrift Store only. Call ﬁrst. Medical:
515 Kelly Avenue Donated to local health center. All proceeds support seniors
X X X X X or needing X* X
Half Moon Bay Open: M.-Sat 10 am-4 pm, on the coastside.
650-726-6543 Sun 12-4 pm.
www.SeniorCoastsiders.org *Half Moon Bay-Montara only.
Shelter Network is a
1450 Chapin Ave., 2nd Floor Computer equipment:
Burlingame Toiletries, must be working equipment
which provides housing
Other drop-off locations in X X X X X linens, baby 5 years old or less. No Macs, X
and services for homeless
Daly City & San Mateo. supplies PCs only; must be able to use
families and individuals in
650-685-5880 Windows 98.
San Mateo County.
The Junior League of Palo
The Shop: A Junior League Alto-Mid Peninsula, Inc. is
of Palo Alto-Mid Peninsula Accessories, Books: current bestsellers. an organization of women
Fund Raiser jewelry, Furniture: small pieces. Please committed to promoting
785 Santa Cruz Avenue X X X X X shoes, CDs, call ﬁrst. Shop Hours: M-Sat volunteerism, developing X
Menlo Park DVDs, toys 10 am - 5 pm. Donations the potential of women,
and improving communities
650-328-7467 & games accepted T-Sat, 10 am to 5 pm.
through the effective action
and leadership of trained
South Coast Children’s
Services To provide educational,
*Furniture: small pieces.
Pescadero Thrift Shop recreational and cultural
Jewelry, *NO TVs, fax machines or
2041 Pescadero Creek Road X X X X* X* X X* opportunities for the young X
cell phones printers.
Pescadero people of the south coast
*No toys with small pieces.
650-879-9613 of San Mateo County.
The Shelter is part of The
Mental Health Association
Spring Street Shelter *Clothing: adults only. of San Mateo County
Redwood City *Computer Equipment: (MHA), which works
X X* X* X X X X Toiletries X
365-5772 x2 5 years old or less. Please call to improve the quality
www.mhasmc.org before donating. of life for people in our
community who suffer from
X* indicates “See Notes column.”
6 ALL DONATED ITEMS NEED TO BE IN GOOD CONDITION
Uhuru Furniture and
Collectibles is a nonproﬁt
Uhuru Furniture & fundraising institution
Collectibles of the African People’s
pianos, Please call for details on large
Oakland X X X X X X X Education and Defense X
collectibles, appliances. No stoves.
510-763-3342 Fund, Inc. in support of
firstname.lastname@example.org economic development,
education and health in the
Clothing: includes coats,
gloves, hats, scarves & shoes.
Household: toiletries, towels. The Urban Ministry provides
Tents, Pick up may be possible. food, shelter, clothing and
330 Ravenswood Avenue
X Sleeping *Only open W, 1:00 – 3:45 pm. counseling to homeless and X
bags Drop off available at the at-risk people in the Mid-
drop-in center, 400 Mitchell Peninsula.
Lane, Palo Alto- M-F
from 8:00-11:30 am
Accepts donations of canned Distributes bags of groceries
425 Hamilton Avenue
X and other non-perishable food. to qualiﬁed homeless and X
M-F 9:30-3:30 pm low-income clients.
VIDA-USA Hospital beds, crutches, assistance to health
6251 Hollis Street wheelchairs, medical supplies institutions and
Emeryville X and equipment. Drop-off X development projects that X
510-655-8281 permitted; organization picks up support people in need in
www.vidausa.org large amounts of materials. Latin America, regardless of
race, religion or politics.
Women’s Recovery The Women’s Recovery
Association Association assists women,
costume Furniture: Not stained or torn.
Locations in San Mateo & girls and their families in
X X X X X X X jewelry Call or e-mail before making X
Burlingame recovering from chemical
and ofﬁce donations.
650-347-8808 dependency and its
www.womensrecovery.org secondary effects.
Copy paper, YES Reading provides
YES Reading cleaning Reading books only for reading support to
Menlo Park supplies, kindergarten-6th grade levels struggling students by
X X* X
650-326-0996 headphones *May be available opening volunteer-based
www.yesreading.org and tape reading centers on school
X* indicates “See Notes column.”
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Bikes Cars and other vehicles Miscellaneous Supplies for Remodeling
The following places ﬁx up old bikes
*accepts other vehicles such as Art and School Projects Many building materials can be
boats, RVs, etc.
for resale or donation: This organization accepts arts, donated to salvage yards for reuse.
Sometimes pick-ups can be arranged.
Accepts vehicles in any condition crafts and unusual items for school
The Bike Hut, San Francisco,
– may depend on year & make: education projects. Whole House Building Supply,
*Goodwill Industries of San East Palo Alto
SCRAP- Scroungers’ Center for
Cardinal Bicycle Shop, Palo Alto, Francisco, San Mateo & Marin 650-328-8731
Re-usable Art Parts, 801 Toland, www.driftwoodsalvage.com
650-328-8900 Counties, 415-575-2185 San Francisco, 415-647-1746
Major Taylor Cycling Club of East St. Vincent De Paul Society, www.scrap-sf.org. For additional options, visit the
Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, 408-246- 650-598-9148 RecycleWorks database and search
8149, in the evenings. www.mtcc.us under the category “construction” and
Accepts only vehicles in running Packaging the subcategory “salvage yards,” or
Specializes in children’s bikes. condition: call RecycleWorks.
Mountain View Community Service *Boys and Girls Clubs of the Peanuts, Bubble Wrap, etc.
Agency Bicycle Exchange, Peninsula, 650-322-8065 Recycling and Reuse
Mountain View, 650-968-0836 Ask your local packaging or shipping
*Human Services Agency of San store if they will accept various
Information for Greater
Accepts children’s bikes from Mateo County 650-301-8444 packaging materials for reuse. Bay Area
January to November. *Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA, Alameda County: 1 -877-786-7927;
New Life Auctions, 1191 Chess Drive,
650-340-7022 X389 www.stopwaste.org
Pedal Revolution, San Francisco, 415- Foster City, 650-572-1222
PARCA, 1-877-997-2722 Palo Alto: 650-496-5910 or visit the
Pack and Mail, 1017 El Camino Real Recyclopedia at www.cityofpaloalto.
Project 90, 650-333-8831 (located in Sequoia Station), org/recycle
St. Vincent De Paul Society, various
Redwood City, 650-365-2892
locations in San Mateo County. *Uhuru Furniture & Collectibles, Santa Clara County: 1-800-533-8414;
650-871-6844. 510-763-3342 PakMail, 201 S. Delaware #A, www.recyclestuff.org
Accepts working bikes only. San Mateo, 650-342-8888
Cell Phones City and County of San Francisco:
Senior Coastsiders, Half Moon Bay. 415-554-7329; www.sfenvironment.
The UPS Store, local location:
650-726-6543. Drop-off cell phones at these org
1-800-PICK-UPS or www.ups.com
www.seniorcoastsiders.org transfer stations: San Bruno Garbage
Company, Blue Line (South San
Wrap It Up, 500 Palmetto Ave.
(Paciﬁca) and the San Carlos Must be clean and brought in For recycling locations and
Most public libraries will accept Recycling Center. For other options plastic bags. information on other RecycleWorks
books in good condition for sale to contact RecycleWorks. programs, such as composting and
beneﬁt the library. Please contact green building, please contact us at:
your library to see what items they Eyeglasses
accept before delivering materials. 1-888-442-2666
Local Lions Clubs sponsor an info@RecycleWorks.org
eyeglass collection program, in www.RecycleWorks.org
which the glasses are re-used. Many
May 2006 Printed on recycled paper optometry stores contain collection
boxes for the eyeglasses.