kids donation

The SAFE Alliance – Stop Abuse For Everyone: SAFE is a merger between the Austin Children’s Shelter and SafePlace, our city’s domestic violence and abuse shelter. Items Requested: Bike Locks, Advanced Lego Sets, Art Supplies, Arts & Crafts Kits, Ball Pumps, Basketballs, Footballs, Construction Paper, Handheld Electronic Games, Headphones and Earbuds, Science Kits, Diapers and Wipes, Non-Perishable Snack Items, Gift cards are always welcome

Inside Books Project donates 35,000 free books to prisoners in Texas every year. See their wish and do not take list.

Recycled Reads sells, recycles or repurposes donated books and media materials, and all their proceeds benefit the Austin Public Library. If you have questions or a large donation (over 20 boxes) please call 512-974-7460.

BOok DOnation

building materials

Habitat for Humanity Re-StoreRe-Store accepts donations of  home improvement supplies, furniture, clothing, yard/outdoor, and miscellaneous items. 

arts + crafts

Austin Creative ReUse: Accepts most art, craft, and office supplies. See their website for a list of what they will and won’t accept, plus their wish list.

Dell Reconnect: Accepts any brand of used computer equipment in any condition and just about anything that can be connected to a computer. These items can be dropped off at local Goodwill stores. Items will be sold, recycled, or refurbished. 



Austin Resource Recovery: Don’t throw unused or expired prescription or over-the counter medicines down the drain or flush them. Bring them to a drop-off bin for safe disposal. No questions asked. Accepted items vary based on location. For questions, call 3-1-1 or visit for details.

Dress for Success Austin: Accepts interview appropriate attire and accessories, not more than five years old. Many of their clients go directly to an interview, so please ensure that all items donated are freshly dry-cleaned / laundered and ironed, and on hangers. They do not accept clothing donations in garbage bags, boxes or other bags. Donations can be taken to any of the Westbank Dry Cleaning locations or to Dress for Success Austin at 701 Tillery Street, Ste. A-5

profesh attire

Austin Pets Alive! Thrift Stores: Boutique-style, selling high quality new and gently used items for very low prices. ALL net proceeds directly support the innovative life-saving programs of Austin Pets Alive! See the list of accepted donations and donations hours.

Pet Items

Salvation Army: Donate automobiles, clothing, furniture, appliances, household items and a host of other things. They’ll pick up large donations. To schedule a pick up call 512-416-0607.

Go to Donation Town to find an organization that picks up donations in your area.

charities that pick up

Duke's Junk Recycling handles household items that can't be donated but should be kept out of the landfill. They accept mattresses, furniture, and much more. Their team takes apart what is brought in and recycles everything possible. Pickup is available for large loads.

Hometown Recycling accepts large commercial recycling materials like cardboard, styrofoam, and plastic. Hometown provides scheduled and one-time pickups, as well as on call services. They also have recycling balers available for rent or purchase.

City of Austin’s Recycle & Reuse Drop Off Center: Accepts so many things you’ll want to look at the full list. If you want to keep it out of the landfill, this is a great place for styrofoam plastic, glass, aluminum, paper, cardboard, electronics, batteries, light bulbs , tires, large and appliances, brush & yard trimmings, overflow recyclables like cardboard and hard plastic. To dispose of hazardous waste items safely, you can drop them off at City of Austin Household Hazardous Waste facility.

trash/ recycle + haz waste