Numerous organizations accept donated office equipment, furniture, and office supplies, and you or your business can get receipts for many in-kind donations that allow you to take a tax deduction for these items. Plus, you can promote your business as being green because you're doing your part to help the environment. This list can guide you if you don't know who to call or where to start.
Freecycle is a free Internet service that allows people to offer items they no longer need for free to others who can use them. As schools and other institutions become more educated about environmental sustainability, they're increasingly using Freecycle to get rid of unwanted items around campus that in the past would have simply been thrown away.
Freecycle is free, and you can join by visiting the website and locating the list that serves your geographic area. The lists are moderated, and anyone who abuses the posting privileges can be banned, so be sure to read Freecycle’s rules for posting. Freecycle lists anything can be legally given away except for animals and other living creatures.
Although Freecycle is a nonprofit organization, you can't get a tax receipt for recycling items through its free list service, but you can feel good knowing that you're helping the environment by recycling your unwanted items.
Goodwill Industries is one of the world's largest nonprofit organizations. It trains and employs people with disabilities, as well as people who suffer from a variety of economic disadvantages. The organization accepts donated items and sells them at substantial discounts through a network of more than 2,800 Goodwill retail stores. The proceeds fund programs to benefit the disabled, the illiterate, the homeless, and people on welfare by providing job training and placement programs.
Goodwill accepts office equipment as well as reusable household items, jewelry, toys, and clothing. Many locations also accept books and certain types of furniture. If you're not sure what to donate or can't narrow down your list, call your local Goodwill to see which items they have a particular need for at the time.
Only donate items that are in decent condition; if your furniture or equipment is in bad shape, it's better to discard it or have it recycled somewhere if possible.
The Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) is a charity that aims to support and improve the lives of all veterans—especially the homeless, poor, and underserved. VVA accepts office supplies, art equipment, office and home furniture, and small appliances. Large electronics, like TVs, may not be accepted, and depending on your area, you may be able to schedule a pick up for the donated items.
Everyone Benefits When You Go Green
Everyone benefits when you take the time to donate unwanted items for reuse, resale, or recycling. Your business may get a tax deduction, charities benefit, and you become part of the solution instead of part of the problem when you go green. It's a win-win for everyone when you look for alternatives to simply tossing items into the trash to go to the nearest landfill.