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Donation Guidelines

Finger Lakes ReUse accepts quality used and surplus building materials, furniture, housewares, electronics, and much more. Donations are 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. 

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.

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 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
  • Partial rolls of tar or felt paper
  • Open bundles of asphalt shingles
  • Composite sinks
  • Painted trim
  • Individual tiles, or 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

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

Finger Lakes ReUse cannot accept:

  • Mattresses, box springs, waterbeds, or waterbed accessories
  • Sleeper Sofas
  • 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

Finger Lakes Reuse will accept only the following media, in original packaging:

  • Commercially released, studio produced VHS tapes and DVDs (movies only)
  • Commercially released, studio produced CDs and cassettes (music only)
  • LP records with intact, undamaged covers; records can't be scratched or 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 computers and computer-related parts, working or not. Please note that there is a $5 handling fee for all CRT monitors and all-in-one CRT monitor computers (e.g. iMac G3 computers). Limit one CRT monitor per donor/donation/day

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.

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

Finger Lakes ReUse cannot accept:

  • Appliances that are older than 7 years
  • Appliances that are broken, damaged, incomplete, dirty, or difficult to clean
  • Dehumidifiers or air purifiers
  • Wood panel microwaves

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

Finger Lakes ReUse cannot accept:

  • Toys or puzzles
  • Child safety items such as cribs, strollers, car seats, and booster seats
  • Personal care items such as hairbrushes, nail care items, etc.
  • Clothes, shoes, blankets, bed linens, or curtains
  • Plastic venetian blinds
  • Unframed mirrors
  • Dirty or broken packing materials (soiled packing peanuts, popped bubble wrap/air pillows)
  • Hard/form-fitting styrofoam
  • Fluorescent bulbs & fixture ballasts
  • Books
  • Plastic office organizers
  • Plastic dishware (cups, bowls, plates, et. al.) and utensils
  • Plastic coat-hangers that aren't triangular, thick plastic variety (must be in excellent, unbroken condition)
  • Plastic suitcases, molded camera or tool cases, et. al.
  • Automotive parts
  • 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.

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