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Reduce and Reuse/Charitable Organizations

Waste reduction means cutting down on the amount of material thrown away. Just like recycling, waste reduction can help protect the environment by saving natural resources, reducing pollution, saving energy, and preserving landfill space.
Waste reduction will require changing habits in the home, in the office, and in the way you shop. Some examples of waste reduction are:
  • Buy only what you need
  • Avoid over-packaged products
  • Avoid disposable goods such as lighters and cameras
  • Purchase in bulk
  • Reuse shopping bags
  • Avoid goods packaged in non-recyclable materials
  • Buy products made from recycled materials
  • Buy a live Christmas tree and transplant it outside after the holidays
  • Use lawn and garden tools that require human energy instead of fossil fuels
  • Try friendlier alternatives to harsh commercial products. Baking soda, water, and vinegar make a great all-purpose cleaner.
When you creatively reuse items you save money. Even more important, you conserve resources, reduce the need for garbage collection, and use less landfill space, all of which help protect the environment (and your budget).
  • Leave grass clippings on the lawn. Clippings return nutrients to the soil and avoid the work of bagging.
  • Composting grass and leaves eliminates yard waste and collection costs, and drastically reduces the need to purchase most fertilizers and planting supplements.
  • Use reclaimed materials (pallets) to construct compost bins.
  • Reuse plastic or paper grocery bags when shopping. Better yet, use cloth or mesh bags to hold your purchases.
  • Use cloth towels, napkins and rags instead of disposable paper products which cannot be recycled.
  • Make cleaning rags out of old clothing, sheets, and towels.
  • Purchase items in bulk or economy sizes to save on packaging. It also saves on the cost of goods since you pay for product, not packaging.
  • Avoid using disposable products such as cups, plates, cutlery, and napkins.
  • Reuse emptied boxes and containers. Use shredded paper or newspapers for packing material.
  • Reduce paper usage by making two-sided copies, using e-mail and voicemail instead of faxing, and routing memos through departments instead of sending separate memos to individuals.
  • Use refillable toner cartridges, ink jet cartridges, pens, mechanical pencils and tape dispensers.
  • Use rechargeable batteries whenever possible.
Chartable Organizations
Consider donating useable goods to a charitable organization. There is a large market for useable clothing, furniture, toys, kitchen items, and tools. Tax deductions are also available. Please call to confirm addresses and information before delivering material to any of the following groups. These references were assembled by the Anne Arundel County Department of Public Works, Recycling Division. No recommendations or referrals are made as to the reliability or quality of the services provided by these vendors.
In addition to the organizations below, visit for other organizations who accept items for reuse.
Am-Vets Thrift Store
3424 Eastern Ave. 
Baltimore, MD. 21224
(800) 292-2259
Call for collection of items in good condition.
Anne Arundel County Animal Control
411 Maxwell Frye Road
Millersville, MD. 21108
Click here to view a list of items most useful for caring for animals at Animal Control.

Please contact the shelter at 410-222-8900 if you have questions or want to place a large donation.
Anne Arundel County Food & Resource Bank
Accepts donations of useable household items.
Beds (mattress & boxspring), Table w/chairs, Dressers, Living room furniture, Space heaters, Air conditioners, Appliances (stove, fridge, washer, dryer, microwave), Electronics (TVs, VCRs, DVD players, stereos), Medical equipment (wheelchairs, scooters)
Goodwill Industries
1605 West Street
Annapolis, MD. 21401
(410) 269-1302
Appliances, building materials, furniture, cabinets
(Residential & Commercial Customers welcomed)
Habitat for Humanity
8101 Fort Smallwood Road
Pasadena, MD. 21226
(410) 437-7755
Appliances, building materials, furniture, cabinets
(Residential & Commercial Customers welcomed)
H.O.P.E. (For All)
329 Double Eagle Drive
Linthicum Heights, MD. 21090
(410) 859-1297
Accepts end tables, night stands, dressers, kitchen, chairs, lamps, and small bookcases.

Lutheran Mission Society
Location 1
   230 West Street
   Annapolis, MD 21401

Location 2 
   601 Hammonds Lane
   Baltimore, MD 21225
(410) 269-5016

Accepts donations of household items in good, clean, usable condition (no rips, tears, or stains). Only like-new mattress & boxsprings will be accepted.  Not accepted: large desks, pianos, sofabeds, waterbeds, hospital beds, console TVs.
Purple Heart
(410) 789-7692
Mon-Fri (9am-9pm)
Sat (9-3)
Accepts clothing of all types and sizes and small household items in useable condition.  Donations need to be bagged or boxed. for more information or contact
The Salvation Army
8001 Jumpers Hole Road
Pasadena, MD. 21122
(410) 766-4841
800-SA-TRUCK (800) 728-7825
M-Sat (10-5:30pm)
Accepts donations of useable household goods, furniture, clean clothing in good condition, automobiles, trucks, motorcycles and boats (on trailers), and other useful items. Large appliances, box springs, and mattresses are only accepted at the main location in Baltimore. Will pick up items.
Call 410-525-0530 to schedule an appointment.
SPCA of Anne Arundel County
1815 Bay Ridge Ave., Annapolis, MD 21403
(410) 268-4388 ext.120
Accepts donations of towels, blankets, sheets, and more.  For a full list please visit
St. Vincent de Paul Society of Baltimore
(410) 368-1545
Accepts donations of clothing. For a complete list of drop off locations, visit
Some drop off boxes in Anne Arundel County are:

Church of the Good Shepherd

1451 Furnace Branch Avenue

Glen Burnie, MD 21060

St. Bernadette

801 Stevenson Avenue

Severn, MD 21144

Holy Family Church

826 West Central Avenue

Davidsonville, MD 21035

Vehicle Donations
Several non-profit organizations accept donations of used vehicles. Donate a car, truck, RV, boat, or trailer and you can receive a tax deduction. The following organizations accept donations of used vehicles:
American Diabetes Association
(800) 936-4361
The Providence Center
930 Point Pleasant Road
Glen Burnie, MD. 21060
(410) 766-2212 ext. 110
Fax: (877) 304-9977
Boats not accepted. 
The Baltimore Area Salvation Army
2700 West Patapsco Avenue
Baltimore, MD. 21230
(800) 229-7156
SPCA of Anne Arundel County
1815 Bay Ridge Ave., Annapolis, MD 21403
(410) 268-4388 ext.120
Lutheran Mission Society
230 West St.; Annapolis, MD 21401
601 Hammonds Ln.; Baltimore, MD 21225
(410) 269-5016

Wheels for Wishes / Make-A-Wish Car Donation

(855) 225-9474 

5606 Dover House Road
Upper Marlboro, MD. 20772
1-877-MELWOOD (635-9663)
Fax: (301) 599-8000
Disclaimer : These references were assembled by the Anne Arundel County Department of Public Works, Recycling Division. No recommendations or referrals are made as to the reliability or quality of the services provided by these vendors.
Consignment Stores
Consignment stores agree to sell your items (clothing, furniture, etc.) for a percentage of the profit. There are several shops in Anne Arundel County; some specialize in one area, such as children's clothing. In general, the items in consignment stores are in very good condition. Check the yellow pages under "consignment shops", "furniture used", and "antiques".
Do you know of other non-profit organizations that accept donations? Please call us at (410) 222-7951 with the information and we will include it in future literature.



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