How do I donate my items to help Afghan refugees in Denver?
Afghan refugees that are relocating their entire lives need help with essential daily items. Denver is likely to host many of these families. Everything from furniture to food is helpful. If you want to donate directly to a cause, there are several charities leading the way in Denver. Here are a few:
What kind of donation items are needed to help refugees in Denver?
Together, we can make a difference in the lives of people who have been upended and lost everything they have known. If you are considering cleaning out a few items, see if they can go to help people in need before throwing them away. While we are not a donation service, we would rather see items put to good use to help people than ending up hauled away with the trash. If your items are no longer useable, or don't fit with what can be donated, we will be happy to by the hauling service that takes those things away.
Redecorating and sprucing up your living space can be a lot of fun until the time comes to find a way to get rid of your old furniture. For some, it's just a hassle trying to find a dumping facility, but for many there are additional environmental concerns.
Can I donate my old furniture?
Yes! The first thing to consider is whether the furniture is at the end of its useable life. If you think someone might be able to use it, there are many options from donation to resale that could take your old furniture and make it new to someone else. Denver has many charities and resale shops. We think reuse is the best option, and here are a few options in the Denver area:
Should I just throw my old furniture away?
If it is beyond repair, badly soiled, or damaged in some other way, it is time to find a proper way to dispose of it. Recycling is the second best option to reuse. There may be furniture recycling facilities near you.
Many municipalities offer large item pickup as part of their trash collection, but there can be restrictions on what items are accepted. If you live in Denver and surrounding areas in Colorado, you might check those resources. Here are three local links:
https://www.cityofwestminster.us/largeitemcleanup (Sorry, cancelled for 2021. Check back in 2022)
Whether you live in Littleton, Highlands Ranch, Lakewood, Arvada, Thornton, or even as far out as Parker or Boulder, there are online resources from most municipalities to help you.
Who will haul my old furniture away for me?
What if you don't have the means or the time to drag your broken furniture to the dump, recycling facility, or wait for a large item trash day? That's where a junk hauling service comes in.
If you want to get rid of old furniture in Denver and surrounding areas in Colorado, one of the easiest ways to do it is to hire a junk hauling service. You won't have to wait for oversized trash collection days, and you won't have to ask friends to help load up your stuff and take it to a dump. At Sustainable Junk Removal, we handle the removal, loading, hauling, and disposal of your old furniture in Denver and surrounding areas.
Can I drop off my old furniture myself?
We are not a drop-off facility, but there are places that are open to the public. We do not have a comprehensive list of facilities in the area, so the best option is to use an internet search to find one near you. Be sure to call ahead and learn about the process for a dump facility. You will often find that the minimum fee and the time and effort are not really any savings over hiring us to take care of it for you, but make sure to cover your load if you do choose to haul it yourself!
One last note on what NOT to do when getting rid of old furniture. Never dump any trash illegally. That includes dropping donations off outside of the donation processing times or at locations that are not equipped to accept furniture. Not only is it bad for the environment and a terrible eyesore in a state as beautiful as Colorado, but getting caught comes with hefty fines.
Depending on the condition of the piece, it can be free to donate some used furniture at charity and resale shops, or you might even make a few bucks if you resell it yourself. It's always best to reuse before recycling or trash.
Here are even more ideas on the topic from the city of Denver.
Denvergov.org - Don't trash it. Donate it!