8 to donate

8 to donate


If anything is a constant in home improvement, it’s the trash. Home improvement projects tend to leave behind plenty of sawdust, screws and scraps of wood. What do you do with the rest?

Donating your renovation materials keeps functional — and often desirable — items out of the landfill. Other renovators get the materials they need for their projects. You get to help others while getting rid of your trash and your donations may qualify for a tax deduction. Donating is a win-win situation!

What can be donated?

In general, donate items that can be reused and are in good condition. Make sure that any small parts in multi-piece items like doorknobs, plumbing fixtures and lighting are kept together. Check for rust, sharp nails or broken boards. Donations that are clean and in good condition are easy to reuse. 


Remodeling a kitchen often means replacing kitchen cabinets. Luckily, someone else may want those kitchen cabinets you remove, and recycling them will cut down on construction waste. Kitchen cabinets should be in good working order: Check to make sure that the drawer pulls work, and keep the doors and drawers together when you donate them.

Working appliances

You also can donate working appliances like stoves, refrigerators, washing machines, dryers, microwaves and other small household appliances. They should be clean and in good working order. Unfortunately, ReStore in Cedar Rapids does not accept dishwashers. You may choose to recycle dishwashers at Reliable Recycle in SW Cedar Rapids.

Doors and windows

Both internal and external doors can be used by someone else. The most useful doors are clean and undamaged, so look for holes or alterations before donating. Before hauling your door or window to us, be sure to give us a call to make sure they fit within our donation guidelines. (319.294.1500)


Wood from framing or home improvement projects can be easily reused. We ask that it come without exposed nails or screws because these can pose a safety hazard. Other concerns include wood with ripped or sharp edges. Lumber and wood sheeted material should be at least 4′ in length. A local woodworking class might appreciate smaller pieces of wood.


Light fixtures and ceiling fans can be reused as well. Our ReStore has a high demand for working light fixtures.  You can also donate light switches, switch covers and wiring to cut your construction waste down even more. We ask that you refrain from bringing fluorescent lighting as they are costly for us to recycle. 

Door handles and cabinet knobs

Many people replace door handles and cabinet knobs to update a room’s appearance. These fixtures are often still in good condition and can be donated to ReStore. Door handles will be most useful when all the parts are kept together, so put all of the pieces in a bag before donating. 

Sinks, toilets, and bathtubs

Donating is a great way to keep these bulky items out of the landfill. If you’re donating a bathtub or sink, make sure that they are not stained and do not have chips in the porcelain. Please make sure that your plumbing fixture is of neutral color. 


After you remodel, you may decide to get new furniture to help freshen up your space even more! Know that your neighborhood Habitat ReStore in Cedar Rapids accepts wood and upholstered furniture in good condition. These items should be free of rips, tears, stains, odors and (pet) hair. 


Are you remodeling and have some of these items left over? Maybe you have some questions and need to contact us? Perhaps you’re ready to schedule a donation pickup? We can’t wait to hear from you!


Source: HFHI’s blog, “8 things to donate when remodeling
Modified by Jonny Lipford, CVHFH 


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