Items to Give Away or Donate

Area Listservs and Other Online Social Networks

Offering still-useful castoffs to other Capitol Hill residents via area listservs and other online social networks is always appreciated.

Curb Offerings

Putting items on the sidewalk with a sign indicating they are free for the taking can be an effective way to give them away. Just be sure to collect any items that remain at the end of the day so that you aren’t fined for illegal dumping.

Freecyle Network

The Freecycle Network is made up of 5,293 groups with 9,088,588 members around the world. It’s a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns. It’s all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills. Each local group is moderated by local volunteers. Membership is free. For the Washington, DC Freecycle,  click here.

Donation Bins


415 14th St, SE
( bin)

These bins collect clothing and shoes for Planet Aid. Note that this organization has been criticized for its practices. See Planet Aid’s Recycling Program, Debunked!

Capitol Hill  Super Market

241 Massachusetts Ave., NE
[this location also has an Interfaith Works bin]

Eastern Senior High School

1700 East Capitol St., NE

La Lomita Dos
308 Pennsylvania Ave., SE

Payne School
1445 C St, SE
(bin is on the 1400 block of D St, SE)

Tyler School
1001 G St, SE

Donation / Junk Removal & Recycling Pick-Up Service

College Hunks Hauling Junk offers a a home donation pickup service that includes “the labor, sorting, loading, unloading, and transportation to local donation centers. From there, any items that are not accepted by charity will be relocated to a recycling center or waste-to-energy facility at no additional cost.”  It will also “remove all non-hazardous items from anywhere on your property and recycle, donate, and dispose of all unwanted clutter” with its Junk Removal & Recycling Service.

Organizations That Accept Donated Items
(pick-up service offered by some; accepted items vary)

  • Neighborhood Associations 

Several non-profit neighborhood associations periodically collect items for their Community Yard Sale Fundraisers (generally in the Spring):

Miner Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization
North Lincoln Park Neighborhood Association

Paint in good condition can be given to PaintCare, Inc. and will be made available to the public for reuse pursuant to the Paint Stewardship Act of 2014, which requires paint manufacturers to collect and reuse, recycle, or safety dispose of leftover paint. Check the PaintCare website for year-round drop-off sites and special paint drop-off events.

“Amazon and Goodwill® are working together to make donating easier for you. Using the Give Back Box® platform, a free shipping service, you can donate items you no longer need to Goodwill with ease and bring new life to your empty Amazon box.” Click here for more information.

How to donate to Friends of the Southeast Library book sales:

Special mention:   Clothes Encounter, 202 7th St., SE, donates clothing given to them on consignment that does not sell to a local charity and provides a tax donation form upon request.