Don't Throw it Away

I regularly peruse Kijiji for volunteer calls. In November I dug into a post titled, “Don’t throw it out. There’s a group for that.”

The writer was named David and we exchanged emails.

“In today’s age there is very little that should be going out to the garbage as so many non-profits exist and thrive on our garbage. Unfortunately we are moving into a throw away society. The skills and desire to repair has been replaced.”


David listed Halifax Bike Again, Halifax Tool Library and Halifax Makerspace as groups collecting, respectively, bike parts, tools and electronics.

I was inspired and started looking around. What other garbage can I keep out of the landfill? Turns out there is a lot. Check out the list published in The City Voice.

Don’t throw it away, by Sheryl Dubois
Published: Dec 10, 2019 at 8:41 p.m. Updated: Dec 11, 2019 at 8:03 a.m.

This list is by item, alphabetically arranged. To add an item please click HERE.

Blankets, pillows, towels, face cloths (used, laundered). Check your local animal shelters.  

Books. Clean, bestsellers and books from last five years. Check your local library

Books. From Sydney to Stoney Island, N.S., there are more than 30 little, free libraries in both private and public spaces. Find one or build one to hold books for passers-by of all ages. Little Free Library 

Cell phones, smartphones, wireless PDAs, cell phone batteries and pagers. To find a place near you, call or visit website. If there are no convenient drop-off locations in your area, visit the website to print a prepaid shipping label. Recycle My Cell 1-888-797-1740 

Clothing, textiles, household items, toys, books. Salvation Army Thrift Stores 

Clothing, textiles. Will pick up at your home. Big Brothers Big Sisters in and around HRM 902-454-4025 

CPAP Machines. Lions Club across Nova Scotia. 

CPAP, BiPAP machine, nebulizer, oxygen concentrator. Lung Association Nova Scotia. 1-888-566-5864 

Crafting supplies, art supplies, accessories. Kind Krafts 

DVDs, Blu-rays and music CDs in original packaging. Check your local library or thrift shop. 

Electronics. Collects parts, machinery; offers community workshops, shared space and tools for sewing, CNC milling machines, laser cutting, woodworking, 3D printing and more. Halifax Makerspace 

Electronics. Depots from Lake Charlotte to Windsor to Gold River, and in between. Recycle My Electronics 

Eye glasses and cases. Lions Clubs across Nova Scotia. 

Fridges, freezers, air conditioners picked up for free. Efficiency Nova Scotia 1-888-303-2103 

Hearing aids. Lions Clubs across Nova Scotia. 

Ink cartridges. Collected and recycled to fundraise for wheelchairs and other equipment. Find your local Kin Canada Club.  

Markers, highlighters, dry-erase markers (dried out) – all brands! Contact your local school or Crayola directly for a free, printable shipping label. Crayola ColorCycle. 

Musical instruments – string, keyboard and hand drums accepted. HRM Libraires 

Personal care items, reusable water bottles, earbuds, umbrellas, ponchos, metal reusable forks, duffle bags, gift cards. Shelter Nova Scotia 902-406-3631 

Pet (dog and cat) harnesses and toys, office supplies, cleaning supplies, latex gloves, food supplies. They also take items for their thrift stores and online auction.  SPCA Nova Scotia 902-835-4798 

Textiles  (curtains, towels, blankets, sheets), clothes, footwear, sleeping bags (used and damaged). Also may arrange pick-up. Canadian Diabetes Bins 1-800-505-5525 NOT ACCEPTED AT BINS: household items, electronics, sports equipment, organic & hazardous materials, items that do not fit in bin. 

Textiles (used and damaged) and more. Recycles clothing, footwear, bedding, curtains, and other fabrics which may be sold second-hand or, if beyond use, sent to a textile management centre. Website includes locator with 400 drop sites across Nova Scotia. Association for Textile Recycling (AFTeR) 

Tools, hardware. Donate, borrow tools, and more. Community space to work in. Halifax Tool Library  902-444-8665 

Tools, glue, wet-dry vac, nails, and more. Community workspace. Hands-On Halifax 902-401-5003 

Apostrophes and Amperstamps. We can help.

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