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Update: ReUse Making Temporary Changes to List of Materials Accepted for Donation

Starting Tuesday, January 11, Finger Lakes ReUse is temporarily pausing the acceptance of household and clothing items in order to process existing volumes of these types. This move will keep items out of the waste stream and in local hands, as quality backstock of items already received will be made available for purchase.

All other regularly-accepted categories of items are still welcome, including furniture, electronics, computers and peripherals, books and media, building materials, lighting, shoes, and appliances. 

This change will be in effect until further notice, at both donation acceptance areas at the Ithaca ReUse Center (214 Elmira Road) and ReUse MegaCenter (2255 N. Triphammer Road). Our donations acceptance locations remain open 6 days a week (closed only on Thursdays), 10 am – 6 pm.

Household materials generally include dishes, glassware, cookware, toys, artwork, frames, school/office supplies, luggage, bags, pet supplies, antiques, collectibles, and sporting goods. Clothing items include both adult and childrens’ items and accessories. We are still able to accept shoes of all sizes.

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.

BUILDING MATERIALS

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.
Open/used paint
Propane tanks
Chemicals of any kind

FURNITURE

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

HOME ELECTRONICS

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
Please note that there will be a $10 handling fee for LCD and CRT-style (curved-glass front) TVs and monitors
Regarding Apple iPhones/iPads: If locked, please provide the passcode or reset the item to factory default settings before donating your item.

MEDIA

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) 

BOOKS

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

COMPUTER AND PERIPHERALS

Finger Lakes ReUse can accept most computers and computer-related parts, working or not. Please note that there is a $10 handling fee for all LCD, CRT monitors and all-in-one CRT monitor computers (e.g. iMac G3 computers).

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.

APPLIANCES

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

Refrigerators, Dehumidifiers and Air Conditioners 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.

TEXTILES

Starting Tuesday, January 11, Finger Lakes ReUse is temporarily pausing the acceptance of household and clothing items in order to process existing volumes of these types.

Finger Lakes ReUse can still accept shoes, linens and blankets.

Required condition: Textiles can be torn, worn, stained, missing buttons, broken zippers, etc. as long as they are clean, dry and odorless.

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

HOUSEHOLD AND OTHER ITEMS

Starting Tuesday, January 11, Finger Lakes ReUse is temporarily pausing the acceptance of household and clothing items in order to process existing volumes of these types.

*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 recycletompkins.org 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.

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