Items You Should Never Donate

Broken or Non-Working Electronics: Donating items that don’t work may create more hassle and expense for charities, as they need to dispose of them properly.

Expired Foods: Donating food past its expiration date is not safe. Food banks and shelters need items that are safe to consume and nutritious.

Used Personal Care Items: Items like opened makeup, lotions, or personal hygiene products are not hygienic to pass on to others.

Recalled or Unsafe Items: Items that have been recalled due to safety issues, including certain children's toys and equipment, should not be donated. Always check recall lists before donating.

Heavily Worn or Soiled Clothing: While gently used clothing is a great donation, items that are torn, stained, or in otherwise poor condition may not be useful and could be a burden to sort and discard.

Old CRT TVs and Monitors: These older electronics are not in demand and can be costly for charities to recycle due to the hazardous materials they contain.

Mattresses: Due to hygiene and bed bug concerns, many organizations will not accept used mattresses.

Chemicals and Hazardous Materials: Items like paint, solvents, and other chemicals cannot be safely donated and require special disposal methods.

Unassembled Furniture or Missing Pieces: Furniture that is missing parts or requires assembly can be problematic for charities if they cannot use or sell it as is.

Pirated or Copied Media: Illegal copies of movies, music, software, and books should not be donated as they violate copyright laws and cannot be resold or legally used by others.

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