Every year hundreds of tons of material is sent to the landfill that could easily be reused.
Below are some of the options available to you to prevent usable material from the landfill.
Resale stores & donation opportunities
Call these organizations or check their websites before loading your vehicles. Many offer free pick up and it's best to be sure they take what you have.
The pandemic may have changed what they can accept, or the process to donate.
- Agrace Thrift Store:
- Madison East: 608-327-7200
- Madison West: 608-833-4556
- Community Action Coalition for South Central Wisconsin:
- Dane County Humane Society Thrift Store
- Goodwill Industries:
- Madison East: 608-246-1990
- Madison West: 608-271-0048
- Habitat For Humanity Restore
- Madison East: 608-661-2813
- Madison West: 608-442-9919
- Schedule a home collection: 608-663-1191
- Middleton Outreach Ministry:
- 608-257-2534, extension 20
- The River Food Pantry:
- Salvation Army:
- Schedule a home collection: 1-800-728-7825
- St. Vincent DePaul ,
- Madison East: 608-257-0673
- Madison West: 608-278-6370
- Schedule a home collection: 608-278-2920, extension 1
- St. Vincent has many locations just outside of Madison as well like in Sun Prairie, Stoughton, Waunakee, and Verona.
- 608-257-1436, Option 2
Other Donation / Resale Options
There are other specialty consignment and resale shops, from used bookstores to vintage toys to higher fashion clothes to eclectic treasure and antique shops.
Certain tools may be donated to The Bodgery.
And on and on...
Our community has so many opportunities - you just need to do a little bit of typing.
Simple internet searching search for "resale shops" or "thrift stores" or "donate" plus the item you would like to give away (for example, "donate toys") should reveal additional local resources.
The Local Share Economy
Social media channels like Facebook and Nextdoor are a great tool to share usable goods in the neighborhood. A simple post specifically to your neighborhood group that says what you have to give away will usually result in interest quickly.
And there are many local groups that help connect people to free items.
There are a great many ways online to perform person-to-person exchanges.
Options include Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, and eBay and relatively newer private companies like LetGo, DeCluttr, 5Miles, and likely many more.
It's a time-honored tradition of selling the items you no longer need yet still have use & value. Call it a yard sale, garage sale, rummage sale or whatever you'd like to call it is a good way to transform what you would trash into cash.
Donate Building Material, Too
Unneeded or used building materials can find a new home through two reuse facilities in Madison. If you have material that might be useful you can donate it to Habitat for Humanity's ReStore, (608) 661-2813.