Donate Goods

We accept donations of most materials in good, clean, reusable condition at our two ReUse Center locations. Our donation acceptance areas are currently open Sunday-Wednesday and Friday-Saturday, 10 am – 6 pm (Closed on Thursdays). See our donation acceptance guidelines below for more detail and what we can and cannot accept.

Schedule a Pickup

We are currently accepting pick-up requests from businesses, educational institutions, or large residential donations, especially furniture. Click here to put in a request through out online form.

Donation Receipt Form

Save time by filling out our printable Donation Receipt form. Enter your information and the items you are bringing to donate, print it out, and bring it with you to our Donations Intake desk with your items. This form becomes a valid tax receipt after being stamped by Finger Lakes ReUse.

Donation Guidelines

Finger Lakes ReUse accepts quality used and surplus building materials, furniture, housewares, clothing, books, media, electronics, and much more. Your donations may be tax deductible and Finger Lakes ReUse will provide a donation receipt for your tax purposes. All items must be complete, clean, and in good usable condition, and FLR reserves the right to turn away any donation that has the potential to pose a health risk to its volunteers, customers, or staff.


Please call (607) 257-9699 to verify acceptable items, as donation policies frequently change without notice based on space availability. 

Please click on the categories below for more department-specific details about what we can and cannot accept.


Finger Lakes ReUse can accept a wide variety of building materials in reusable condition, including lumber, doors, hardware, tools and much more!

Finger Lakes ReUse cannot accept:

Materials that are damaged, cracked, broken, rotted, warped, or mildewed
Materials with peeling or flaking paint
Lumber and wood trim shorter than 6 feet
Irregularly cut sheet goods (plywood, paneling, drywall, etc.)
Countertops shorter than 12 inches
Windows, cabinets, or doors with missing or broken pieces
Unframed/loose glass panes
Doors that are unevenly cut
Single light window sashes
Used carpet
Composite sinks
Painted trim
Tiles that are broken, chipped, stained, or have mortar or glue on any side
Hazardous, toxic, or combustible materials such as gasoline, kerosene, etc.
Propane tanks
Chemicals of any kind (except paint. See below)


Ithaca ReUse Center (214 Elmira Road) is now a Paintcare drop-off site.  ReUse can accept house paint as well as primers, stains, sealers, and clear coatings such as shellac and varnish. 


  • Interior and exterior architectural paints: latex, acrylic, water-based, alkyd, oil-based, enamel (including textured coatings)
  • Deck coatings, floor paints (including elastomeric)
  • Primers, sealers, undercoats
  • Stains
  • Shellacs, lacquers, varnishes, urethanes (single component)
  • Waterproofing concrete/masonry/wood sealers and repellents (not tar or bitumen-based)
  • Metal coatings, rust preventatives
  • Field and lawn paints

Not accepted:

  • Paint thinners, mineral spirits, solvents
  • Aerosol coatings
  • Auto and marine paints
  • Art and craft paints
  • Caulking compounds, epoxies, glues, adhesives
  • Paint additives, colorants, tints, resins
  • Wood preservatives (containing pesticides)
  • Roof patch and repair
  • Asphalt, tar and bitumen-based products
  • 2-component coatings
  • Deck cleaners
  • Traffic and road marking paints
  • Industrial Maintenance (IM) coatings
  • Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) (shop application) paints and finishes

ReUse cannot accept containers that are leaking, empty, or without the original printed manufacturer’s label.


Finger Lakes ReUse can accept most furniture in good reusable condition.

Finger Lakes ReUse cannot accept:

Mattresses, box springs, waterbeds, or waterbed accessories
Furniture that is broken, unassembled, incomplete, stained, torn, or has odors
Plastic furniture that’s not in excellent, clean and unbroken condition


Finger Lakes ReUse can accept most consumer electronics in good, reusable, and working condition.

Finger Lakes ReUse cannot accept televisions that are:

Older than 7 years
Cable incompatible
Console style
Black & white

Regarding Apple iPhones/iPads: If locked, please provide the passcode or reset the item to factory default settings before donating your item.


Finger Lakes Reuse will accept the following media: 

Commercially released, studio produced VHS tapes and DVDs
Commercially released, studio produced CDs, 8-tracks and cassettes
LP records with intact, undamaged covers; records can’t be moldy
Blank, unused DVDs

Finger Lakes ReUse cannot accept:
Empty CD, DVD, cassette or other media cases
Electric typewriters (and cases) 


Finger Lakes ReUse can accept most books in good reusable condition.

Finger Lakes ReUse cannot accept:
Moldy books
Books with strong odors, such as smoke and mildew
Books with broken spines or missing pages
Books with excessive writing or highlighting
Water damaged books
Large volume encyclopedias, such as Britannica


Finger Lakes ReUse can accept most computers and computer-related parts, working or not. 

Finger Lakes ReUse cannot accept:

Printers or copiers that one person cannot safely lift and carry, i.e. floor model copiers, large office laser printers
Physically cracked or broken CRT monitors (they are classified as hazardous waste)
Floppy disks of any type or size, used or unused
Computer disks, with the exception of commercially released computer games in original packaging
Media storage containers made of plastic, e.g. floppy disk containers, CD carousels, projector carousels, etc.
Regarding Apple iPhones/iPads: If locked, please provide the passcode or reset the item to factory default settings before donating your item.


Finger Lakes ReUse can accept small and large household appliances that are in good, clean, reusable, and working condition.

Refrigerators, Dehumidifiers, Air Conditioners or any appliance using freon cooling agent will be accepted for a fee of $20 ($18.52+ Sales Tax). The fee is collected to cover costs if the unit must be recycled.

The $20 fee will be returned to the donor in the form of a coupon for $20 off one transaction at either store.


Finger Lakes ReUse can accept adult and children’s clothing, shoes, jackets, linens, blankets and all other types of textiles that are in clean and reuseable condition (no stains, tears or rips). 

Finger Lakes ReUse cannot accept moldy or wet clothing and other textiles.


Finger Lakes ReUse can accept a wide variety of household goods in clean, reusable, and working condition.   


Finger Lakes ReUse cannot accept:

Bicycle helmets with evidence of involvement in a crash or impact, such as a cracked, broken, or scuffed outer shell or has frayed or broken chin straps, or broken buckles.

Used Personal care items such as hairbrushes, nail care items, etc.

Blinds of all types can ONLY be accepted if complete, in their box, and in new condition

Unframed, non-beveled mirrors

Bed pillows (decorative pillows are ok)

Dirty or broken packing materials (soiled packing peanuts, popped bubble wrap/air pillows)

Hard/form-fitting styrofoam

All / used or unused Fluorescent bulbs

Any recalled products or items

*Please note that some items Finger Lakes ReUse cannot accept may be donated to other nonprofit programs, or recycled or disposed of at the Tompkins County Solid Waste & Recycling Center, at 122 Commercial Ave, Ithaca. For more information on recycling or disposal in Tompkins County, call (607) 273-6632 or visit for further information.

*The Consumer Product Safety Act prohibits the selling of recalled products, and Finger Lakes ReUse makes every effort to fully comply with these regulations.