Before you throw anything away, ask yourself these questions:
1. Is it something someone else might be able to use?
2. Is it clean and in good condition?
3. If it's electric or motorized, does it run or require a simple repair? (Habitat for Humanity will accept vehicles running or not.)
If you answered yes to these questions, consider giving your items to a re-use program rather than throwing them away. It will save you disposal fees, help a local non-profit or small business and help extend the life of the landfill.
These non-profits/businesses accept the items indicated (clean and in good condition):
Habitat for Humanity
-- warehouse sale every Sat. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. 1st Sat. of the month; 9 a.m.-10 a.m. all other Saturdays. Italian Acres office complex, 5320 Hwy. 49N, Mariposa, CA. PH: (209)-966-6618 Clean electric appliances, doors, lights, new flooring (left-overs), sinks, other building materials. Space is limited--call first.
Also accepts donations of vehicles, running or not. Call 966-7444 for information.
--On-going yard sale. Accepts clothing, linens, craft/hobby materials, household goods, furniture, sports equipment, small appliances (working only), books, DVDs, etc. Winter hours:Wed.-Sat., 8 a.m.-3 p.m.; Tue.-Sat. May-Oct., 5599 Hwy 49N, Mariposa, CA. PH: (209)-966-5275
Bootjack Family Bargains--Children's clothing, toys/games, books, baby furniture & accessories, maternity clothes. Store credit given for donations. Tue.-Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m., 5034C Darrah Rd. off Hwy 49S, Mariposa, CA ( at the Whitehouse). PH: (209) 742-2397
Class A Consignment
--Clothing, collectibles, antiques, misc. Tue.-Sat., 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 5057 Hwy140, downtown Mariposa, CA PH: (966) 2007
Mariposa County Library
--Books, audiobooks, DVDs, videos in good condition. No magazines, encyclopedias, text books, Reader's Digest condensed books, home or re-recorded movies, damaged, dirty or moldy materials. Also collects eyeglasses and printer cartridges for local non-profits. Mon. & Sat., 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.; Tue.-Fri., 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. 4978 10th St., Mariposa (across from the Mariposa County Courthouse). PH: 209-966-2140
Lowes of Fresno
--all sizes plastic gardening pots, 6-packs, flats in good condition. Bring to outdoor garden department. 7651 N. Blackstone Ave., Fresno. PH: 559-436-6266
If you are a PG&E customer you may qualify for free pick-up of your old refrigerator and a $35 rebate. The only stipulations are that it must be between 10 cu. ft. and 30 cu. ft. in size and have a motor and compressor that run. To schedule a pick-up, call JACO, PG&E’s representative, at 1-800-299-7573.