How to Donate Materials
We’re so glad you’d like to donate! All donations made to The Resource Exchange are tax deductible, and help further our mission of promoting creative reuse in Philadelphia. Depending on what and how much you have, you may need to schedule an appointment.
Donations by Appointment
Do you have more than one box, bag, or bin?
Everything is pre-sorted
All items are in clean and reusable condition
Nothing flammable, toxic, or hazardous
Nothing is broken or missing pieces
Frequently Asked Questions
Could I just bring what I have and you can pick out what you want?
We love that Philly is filled with folks that are rethinking waste, and choosing reuse!
However, searching through endless boxes + bags of unknown, unsorted materials for potentially reusable materials is not feasible for any organization that is actually keeping them out of the landfill.
Donors choose The Resource Exchange because they know we are unique in our commitment not to accept materials unless they are truly reusable in the local community. We don’t accept unscreened materials that are likely to just end up in a landfill – here or overseas.
Why can’t you accept all my materials, even though someone might be able to reuse it for something?
With unlimited space, staff, and funding, we could save unlimited reusable materials.
However, we need to focus our efforts and limited resources on saving the materials with the most reuse potential out of the region’s landfills.
The types & quantities of materials we are able to accept waxes & wanes depending on the amount of donations we are receiving and the corresponding local projects & people that are actually able to utilize them.
Bringing materials to us that we cannot successfully put back into the local community brings the burden and cost of recycling/disposal along with it.
Thank you for supporting The Resource Exchange!
All donations are used to further our mission of promoting creative reuse in Philadelphia.
The Resource Exchange is recognized as a 501(c)c93) charitable organization, and donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law. We will gladly provide a downloadable tax receipt for you to record the fair market value of your goods. For more specific information regarding valuation, record keeping and reporting, you may consult IRS Publications 526 and 561 and/or consult your tax advisor.