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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 volutneers, 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
  • Lumber shorter than 6 feet
  • Plywood less than 1/2 sheet
  • Countertops shorter than 12 inches
  • Windows, cabinets, or doors with missing or broken pieces
  • Doors that are unevenly cut
  • Single light window sashes
  • Used carpet
  • Partial rolls of tar or felt paper
  • Open bundles of asphalt shingle
  • 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.
  • 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
HOME ELECTRONICS

Finger Lakes ReUse can accept most consumer electronics in good reusable working condition.

Finger Lakes ReUse cannot accept televisions that are:

  • Older than 7 years
  • Cable incompatible
  • Console style
  • Black & white
COMPUTERS & PERIPHERALS

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).

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)
APPLIANCES

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

Finger Lakes ReUse cannot accept:

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

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
  • Venetian blinds
  • Fluorescent bulbs
  • Books
  • 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 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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