Reduce, reuse, recycle, and keep materials out of landfill with resourcePhilly

Step 1: “What do you have?” Check the alphabetized list for the material you have.

Step 2: “Where Can You Take It?” Find detailed contact information listed in numerical order. 

*Guidelines are always changing, so call ahead to make sure they will accept what you have! There are more resources for some of these materials – our list prioritizes organizations & businesses that have proven to be dependable and transparent with us on referrals, and on keeping it local over national chains whenever possible. 

What do you have?

1. The Resource Exchange
Visit our Material Donation Guide for a comprehensive list of materials we accept!

Rechargeable

11. Staples
12. Home Depot
27. Mom’s Organic Market
31. Lowe’s
35. Batteries Plus Bulbs Store

Alkaline

27. Mom’s Organic Market
35. Batteries Plus Bulbs Store
See HHW Event

Car Batteries

12. Home Depot
35. Batteries Plus Bulbs Store

Functional

5. Philly AIDS Thrift
6. Circle Thrift
24. Neighborhood Bike Works

Parts or Non-functional

24. Neighborhood Bike Works

Hardcover: Art, Craft, Other Maker (DIY, how-to, cooking), Design, or Environment Focused

1. The Resource Exchange

New and Gently Used Children’s Books

4. Tree House Books
21. CHOP “Reach Out and Read”

Fiction and Non Fiction

5. Philly AIDS Thrift
18. Books Through Bars
19. The Book Corner
30. Goodwill

Paperback dictionaries, current texts and reference books

18. Books Through Bars

Old encyclopedias, medical, informational, damaged

See Curbside Recycling

Reusable

1. The Resource Exchange
2. Habitat For Humanity ReStore
43. Beaty American

Not Reusable

25. Revolution Recovery (contact for current fees)
26. Richard S. Burns Co. (contact for current fees)

Functional/Vintage in good condition

1. The Resource Exchange
5. Philly AIDS Thrift
6. Circle Thrift

Not Functional

11. Staples
See Drop-Off Sanitation Convenience Centers

See Curbside Recycling

Not Reusable

25. Revolution Recovery (contact for current fees)

Reusable: music or movies that you can realistically see being resold

5. Philly AIDS Thrift
30. Goodwill

Not Reusable

See Drop-Off Sanitation Convenience Centers and Mail-in Programs

Cell Phones and Chargers

27. Mom’s Organic Market
See Drop-Off Sanitation Convenience Centers

Cell Phones Only

14. Whole Foods (only the South Street location)
40. Retrievr (contact for current fees)

Cell Phone Batteries

27. Mom’s Organic Market
See HHW Event

Most local thrift stores will accept donations of reusable clothing and shoes. Below are some organizations we work with regularly

5. Philly AIDS Thrift
6. Circle Thrift
7. Buffalo Exchange
39. The Wardrobe (professional clothing)

*for fiber recycling

38. The Big Favorite

*for downcycling into shoddy, or limited fiber recycling when possible

22. H&M (limit 2 bags per day)
37. Madewell (denim)
36. The North Face (no undergarments)
40. Retrievr (contact for current fees)

Keyboards, mice, speakers etc.

11. Staples
16. Best Buy
28. PAR- Recycle Works (contact for current fees)
30. Goodwill
40. Retrievr (contact for current fees)
See Drop-Off Sanitation Convenience Centers

Computer Monitors

11. Staples
28. PAR-Recycle Works (contact for current fees)
30. Goodwill
40. Retrievr (contact for current fees)
See Drop-Off Sanitation Convenience Centers

25. Revolution Recovery (contact for current fees)
26. Richard S. Burns Co. (contact for current fees)

1. The Resource Exchange
13. Rabbit Recycling (contact for current fees)
14. Whole Foods
27. Mom’s Organic Market (natural only)
29. Playbrary

1. The Resource Exchange 
2. Habitat for Humanity ReStore

Intact and Not Damaged

23. Walmart Vision Center
27. Mom’s Organic Market

Functional/Reusable 

2. Habitat for Humanity ReStore
5. Philly AIDS Thrift
6. Circle Thrift
17. Target (small electronics, i.e. MP3 players)
28. PAR-Recycle Works (contact for current fees)
30. Goodwill

Not Reusable / E-Waste

11. Staples (computers, parts and monitors)
16. Best Buy (VCRs, computers and parts)
17. Target (small electronics, i.e. MP3 players)
28. PAR-Recycle Works (electronics and parts | contact for current fees)
See Drop-Off Sanitation Convenient Centers

Reusable

1. The Resource Exchange

Not Reusable, scrap pieces (for downcycling into shoddy or limited fiber recycling when possible)

22. H&M (limit 2 bags per day)
32. Fabscrap (contact for current fees)

*Parade/Terracycle  Recycling Partnership (underwear), see Mail-in Programs

Contact your local fire department for refill or safe disposal

All foam, polystyrene/styrofoam, takeout food containers

13. Rabbit Recycling (contact for current fees)

Polystyrene/Styrofoam

Northeast Drop-Off Sanitation Convenience Center

Packing Peanuts

13. Rabbit Recycling (contact for current fees)
Contact your local UPS store to see if they accept them

For donation/unopened packaged goods

33. Philabundance
41. Philly Food Rescue

Food Scraps

See Compost

1. The Resource Exchange
5. Philly Aids Thrift
6. Circle Thrift

1. The Resource Exchange
5. Philly Aids Thrift
6. Circle Thrift
8. Philadelphia Furniture Bank
9. Uhuru

3. Bottle Underground (unbroken wine, beer, and liquor)

1. The Resource Exchange
See Curbside Recycling

1. The Resource Exchange
5. Philly AIDS Thrift
6. Circle Thrift

Used or Empty

11. Staples (through Staples Reward program credit only)

Functional/Reusable 

2. Habitat for Humanity ReStore
5. Philly AIDS Thrift
6. Circle Thrift
28. PAR-Recycle Works (small only, no refrigerators, stoves, washer/dryers etc | contact for current fees)

Not Reusable

28. PAR-Recycle Works (small only, no refrigerators, stoves, washer/dryers etc | contact for current fees)
See Drop-Off Sanitation Convenience Centers

LED (functional and packaged)

1. The Resource Exchange

CFL Bulbs

12. Home Depot
31. Lowe’s
35. Batteries Plus Bulbs Store
See HHW Event

CFL Tubes

35. Batteries Plus Bulbs Store
See HHW Event

Incandescent

35. Batteries Plus Bulbs Store
See curbside trash

Functional

1. The Resource Exchange
2. Habitat for Humanity ReStore

Not Functional

27. Mom’s Organic Market Annual Holiday Light Drive (string lights only)

Reusable curtains, sheets, blankets

1. The Resource Exchange
5. Philly AIDS Thrift
6. Circle Thrift

Well used towels, sheets and blankets

20. PAWS, other animal shelters

Not Reusable

22. H&M

Reusable

1. The Resource Exchange
2. Habitat for Humanity ReStore

Reusable

30. Goodwill

Not Reusable

26. Richard S. Burns Co. (contact for current fees)
See Drop-Off Sanitation Convenience Centers

Household Metals (aluminum, steel, tin cans, trays, lids, caps, aluminum foil)

See Curbside Recycling

Ferrous metals (mild iron, steel, cast iron, wrought iron) and Non-ferrous Metals (aluminum, copper, tin, lead, stainless steel)

25. Revolution Recovery (contact for current fees)
26. Richard S. Burns Co. (contact for current fees)
See Drop-Off Sanitation Convenience Centers

Reusable Household Mirrors 

1. The Resource Exchange
5. Philly AIDS Thrift
6. Circle Thrift

Broken Mirrors

15. Zagar’s Magic Gardens

1. The Resource Exchange
6. Circle Thrift

Contact the manufacturer for reuse, recycling, or proper disposal guidelines.

Reusable Art & Craft Paint

1. The Resource Exchange

Reusable Latex House Paint

1. The Resource Exchange (see Material Donation Guide for current guidelines)

Not Reusable Latex House Paint

Mix with newspaper or kitty litter to dry out and discard in curbside trash, recycle can

Spray Paint (any condition)
See HHW Event
Oil Based Paint (any condition)

See HHW Event

See HHW Event

#2 and #4 Polyethylene Soft Plastic Film
(standard plastic grocery bags, most bread, produce, ziplock bags, cling/stretch wrap, bubble wrap/mailers)
Many local grocery stores accept drop-offs, including:

10. Acme
14. Whole Foods
17. Target
6. Circle Thrift (bags in clean, reusable condition only)
13. Rabbit Recycling (contact for current fees)
*For more drop-off locations, check bagandfilmrecycling.org

#1, #2, and #5 Rigid Plastics
(emptied and rinsed food/shampoo type containers, spray bottles, etc. and their plastic lids)

13. Rabbit Recycling (contact for current fees)
See Curbside Single Stream Recycling (Blue Bins)

Reusable Plumbing and Accessories

2. Habitat for Humanity ReStore

Not Reusable

See Construction Debris

11. Staples
See Drop-Off Sanitation Convenience Centers

See HHW Event

1. The Resource Exchange

Most local thrift stores will accept donations of reusable shoes. Below are some organizations we work with regularly:

5. Philly AIDS Thrift
6. Circle Thrift
7. Buffalo Exchange

Not Reusable

27. Mom’s Organic Market
36. The North Face

1. The Resource Exchange (foam core, sintra, plexi, vinyl)

Functional

28. PAR-Recycle Works (contact for current fees)
30. Goodwill

Not Functional

28. PAR-Recycle Works (contact for current fees)
See Drop-Off Sanitation Convenience Centers

1. The Resource Exchange (see Material Donation Guide for current guidelines)
2. Habitat for Humanity ReStore
15. Zagar’s Magic Gardens

42. Emanuel Tire of PA Inc

Reusable

1. The Resource Exchange
2. Habitat for Humanity ReStore
34. West Philly Tool Library

Most local thrift stores will accept donations of reusable toys and games. Below are some organizations we work with regularly:

5. Philly Aids Thrift
6. Circle Thrift
21. CHOP (new)
29. Playbrary

1. The Resource Exchange
2. Habitat for Humanity ReStore

Acorns, Logs, Large Branches, Pine Cones, Sticks, Stumps

29. Playbrary

Paper Bags Only and Not Contaminated

See Drop-Off Sanitation Convenience Centers

Where can you take it?
  1. The Resource Exchange | 1800 N. American St. Phila, PA 19122
    (267) 997-0060 | theresourceexchange.org
  2. Habitat for Humanity ReStore | 2318 Washington Ave. Phila, PA 19146 | (215) 739-9300 | habitatphiladelphia.org/restore/donate
  3. Bottle Underground | 1901 S 9th Street, Bok BU, Phila, PA 19148 | (267) 909-9824 | bottleunderground.com/recycle
  4. Tree House Books | 1430 W. Susquehanna Ave, Phila, PA 19121 | (215) 236-1760 | treehousebooks.org | info@treehousebooks.org | call prior to drop-off
  5. Philly AIDS Thrift | 710 S 5th St. Phila, PA 19147 | (215) 922-3186 | phillyaidsthrift.com/ways-to-give/donate
  6. Circle Thrift | 2233 Frankford Ave. Phila, PA 19125 | (215) 423-1222
    Circle Thrift | 1125 S Broad St, Phila, PA 19147 | (215) 468-0645
    circlethrift.com
  7. Buffalo Exchange | 1520 Chestnut St, Phila, PA 19102 | (215) 557-9850 | buffaloexchange.com
  8. Philadelphia Furniture Bank | 3650 I St, Phila, PA 19134 | (215) 291-9830 | pathwaystohousingpa.org/philadelphia-furniture-bank/donate-furniture
  9. Uhuru | 832 N. Broad St. Phila, PA 19130 | (215) 546-9616 | uhurufurniturephilly.blogspot.com/p/donate-furniture.html
  10. Acme | 180 W Girard Ave, Phila, PA 19123  | (215) 574-2922 | acmemarkets.com
  11. Staples | 1500 Chestnut St. Phila, PA 19102 | (215) 864-9520 | staples.com and all participating locations
  12. Home Depot | 1651 S Christopher Columbus Blvd. Phila, PA 19148 | (215) 218-0600 | homedepot.com and all participating locations
  13. Rabbit Recycling | Phila, PA | rabbitrecycling.com/materials-accepted | contact@rabbitrecycling.com 
  14. Whole Foods | 929 South St. Phila, PA 19147 | (215) 733-9788
    Whole Foods 2101 Pennsylvania Ave. Phila, PA 19130 | (215) 557-0015
    wholefoodsmarket.com and all participating locations
  15. Zagar’s Magic Gardens | 1020 South St. Phila, PA 19147 | (215) 733.0390 | phillymagicgardens.org/join-and-support
  16. Best Buy | 2300 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd. Phila, PA | (215) 336-2212 | bestbuy.com/site/services/recycling | all participating locations
  17. Target | 2701 Castor Ave. Phila, PA 19134 | (215) 305-9050 | target.com | all participating locations
  18. Books Through Bars | 4722 Baltimore Ave. Phila, PA 19143 | (215) 727-8170 | check guidelines at booksthroughbars.org/donate-books and email info@booksthroughbars.org about donations of more than a few books.
  19. The Book Corner | 311 N. 20th St. Phila, PA 19103 | (215) 567-0527 | facebook.com/bookcornerphilly
  20. PAWS (Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society) | 100 N 2nd St. Phila, PA 19106 | (215) 238-9901 | phillypaws.org/wish-list
  21. CHOP (The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia) | 3401 Civic Center Blvd, Phila, PA 19104
    Reach Out and Read” | (215) 590-5989
    Child Life, Education and Creative Arts Therapy” | (215) 590-2001
  22. H&M | 1530 Chestnut St. Phila, PA 19102 | (855) 466-7467 | hm.com | all participating locations
  23. Walmart Vision Center | 1675 S. Columbus Blvd. Phila, PA 19148 | (215) 389-5810 | walmart.com | all participating locations
  24. Neighborhood Bike Works | 3943 Lancaster Ave. Phila, PA 19104 | (215) 386-0316 | neighborhoodbikeworks.org/give-bikes-gear
  25. Revolution Recovery | 7333 Milnor St. Phila, PA 19136 | (215) 333-6505 | revolutionrecovery.com/recycling-materials
  26. Richard S Burns Co. | 4300 Rising Sun Ave. Phila, PA 19140 | (215) 324-6377 | burnscompany.net/recycling-facility
  27. Mom’s Organic Market | 34 South 11th Street, Phila, PA 19107 |(215) 709-0022 | momsorganicmarket.com/recycle-center | all participating locations
  28. PAR- Recycle Works | 342 E. Walnut Lane Phila, PA 19144 | (267) 335-5455 | home.par-recycleworks.org/services
  29.  Playbrary | 1313 S 33rd Street, Unit A, Phila, PA 19146 | (215) 454-6780 | play-brary.org/donations
  30. Goodwill | 2601 S. Front St. Phila, PA 19148 | (215) 463-5054 |
    goodwill.org | all participating donation center locations
  31. Lowe’s | 3800 Aramingo Ave. Phila, PA 19137 | (215) 904-9951 
    2106 S Christopher Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19148| (215) 982-5391 | lowes.com | all participating locations 
  32. Fabscrap | 1901 S 9th St Room 601A, Phila, PA 19148 | (445) 300-8980 | fabscrap.org/recycle 
  33. Philabundance | 3616 S. Galloway St. Phila, PA 19148 | (215) 339-0900 philabundance.org/get-involved/donate-food
  34. West Philly Tool Library | 1314 S. 47th St. Phila, PA 19143 | (215) 833-3190 | westphillytools.org/donate
  35. Batteries Plus Bulbs Store | 2118 Cottman Avenue, Phila, PA 19149 | (215) 745-6600 | batteriesplus.com/recycling | all participating locations
  36. The North Face | 1515 Walnut St, Phila, PA 19102 | (215) 496-0332 | thenorthface.com/about-us/responsibility
  37. Madewell | 1716 Walnut St, Phila, PA 19103 | (215) 772-1213 madewell.com/inspo-do-well | all participating locations
  38. The Big Favorite | Addison Street, Phila, PA 19146 | thebigfavorite.com/pages/designed-to-disappear
  39. The Wardrobe | 413 North 4th Street, Phila, PA 19123 | 215-568-6693 x19 | careerwardrobe.org/get-involved/clothing-donations/
  40. Retrievr | Phila, PA | retrievr.com
  41. Philly Food Rescue | 700 Delsea Dr, Westville, NJ 08093 | phillyfoodrescue.org/get-involved/food-donor/ | phillyfoodrescue@upliftsolutions.org 
  42. Emanuel Tire of PA Inc | 304 Conshohocken Rd, Conshohocken, PA 19428 | (610) 277-4520 | emanueltire.com/recycling-services
  43. Beaty American | 1800 North American Street, Unit G, Phila, PA 19122 | (215) 454-6815 | beatyamerican.squarespace.com

Drop-Off Sanitation Convenience Centers | philadelphiastreets.com

Northeast Philadelphia | State Rd & Ashburner St., Philadelphia, PA 19136 | (215) 685-8072
Port Richmond | 3901 N Delaware Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19137 | (215) 685-1358
West Philadelphia | 5100 Grays Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19143 | (215) 685-2600
Strawberry Mansion | 2601 W Glenwood Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19121 | (215) 685-3981
Northwest Philadelphia | 5201 Umbria St., Philadelphia, PA 19128 | (215) 685-2502

*Hazardous Household Waste (HHW) Event:
Find out when the next Household Hazardous Waste Event is on the Philadelphia Streets Department Website

Curbside Recycling  Bin Collections Every Week. Visit the Philadelphia Streets Department Website for more details.

Compost
Residential Pickup :
Bennett Compost | (215) 520-2406 | bennettcompost.com
Residential Drop-off: Mom’s Organic Market| (215) 709-0022 | momsorganicmarket.com
Commercial Pickup: Philly Compost | (215) 703-7645 | phillycompost.com
Residential SharingCleanPHL Compost Guide | contact your nearest community garden

Mail-in Programs

Building Material Reuse

Creative Reuse Organizations

Additional Resources