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Bring Used Building Materials Back To Life

If you have items you want to donate, fill out the donation inquiry form below, and we’ll get in touch with you soon. You can also contact us about your donation at donate@bigreuse.org. Please include an inventory of items and a few photos. Big Reuse reserves the right to refuse any donation that has not been pre-approved.

 

What can I donate?

Items we accept Things we can't take
  • Appliances (in working condition, all parts included)
  • Cabinet sets
  • Home goods and decorations
  • Dishware, glassware, and utensils
  • Furniture - dressers, tables, chairs
  • Clothes
  • Toilets, tubs, and sinks
  • Lamps and lighting fixtures
  • Power tools and hand tools
  • Lumber - large quantities of same type without nails over 6ft
  • Doors and windows
  • Mantels
  • Broken, damaged, or incomplete material
  • Scrap wood (less than 4' long, or smaller than 4'x4' sheets)
  • Bed-related materials (frames, headboards, mattresses, box springs, bed linens, etc.)
  • Upholstered furniture (unless brand new or very lightly used from movie/TV/photo sets)
  • Built-in bathtubs or jacuzzi tubs
  • Recessed lights or high hats
  • Used carpet or rugs
  • Oil-based paint, stains, or varnishes
  • Televisions
  • Exercise equipment
 

Check out nyc.gov/donate for ways to donate items that we can't take.

 

 

Donation FAQ

 

  • Why should I donate my used items?

    We work every day to reduce the environmental impact of the demolition industry in NYC. Our success is due completely to the support of generous donors like you! When you donate materials to Big Reuse, you give them a second life. You also support eco-initiatives and green, living wage jobs. As a bonus, you save money. Big Reuse is a 501c3 charity, so all donations are tax deductible! Big Reuse is primarily a supplier of construction-related materials, but we consider materials donations of all varieties depending on our current inventory and the condition and volume of the donation.

     

  • How do you collect my donation?

    You can drop your items off at our Reuse Center 7 days a week up to 30 minutes before closing time. For large drop-offs, please call the Reuse Center before you come to give us a head up.

    We may also be able to pick your donation up! Fill out the inquiry form above, and we'll get back to you to schedule a pick-up time.

     

  • What can I donate?

    Items we accept Things we can't take
    • Appliances (in working condition, all parts included)
    • Cabinet sets
    • Home goods and decorations
    • Dishware, glassware, and utensils
    • Furniture - dressers, tables, chairs
    • Clothes
    • Toilets, tubs, and sinks
    • Lamps and lighting fixtures
    • Power tools and hand tools
    • Lumber - large quantities of same type without nails over 6ft
    • Doors and windows
    • Mantels
    • Broken, damaged, or incomplete material
    • Scrap wood (less than 4' long, or smaller than 4'x4' sheets)
    • Bed-related materials (frames, headboards, mattresses, box springs, bed linens, etc.)
    • Upholstered furniture (unless brand new or very lightly used from movie/TV/photo sets)
    • Built-in bathtubs or jacuzzi tubs
    • Recessed lights or high hats
    • Used carpet or rugs
    • Oil-based paint, stains, or varnishes
    • Televisions
    • Exercise equipment
     

    Check out nyc.gov/donate for ways to donate items that we can't take.

     

  • How can I contact the Donations team?

    For additional questions, such as whether your donation can be accepted, email us at donate@bigreuse.org or give us a call at 718-732-4143.

     

  • Can I get a tax deduction?

    Big Reuse is a 501c3 charitable organization. As such, all materials we receive as a donation are eligible for a tax deduction. You will receive a letter of acceptance for your donation within 7 days. The letter is a receipt for your donation and itemizes all the materials we received in as much detail as we can provide. This receipt is needed for you to claim a deduction for donating materials valued at more that $250. For total yearly deductions over $500, you must complete IRS Form 8283 Noncash Charitable Contributions to your tax return. To deduct a charitable contribution over $5,000 you must have a qualified appraisal that itemizes and values the donated property. A qualified appraisal is a document that is written by a certified appraiser with the American Society of Appraisers, Appraisers Association of America or the International Society of Appraisers.

    BY IRS LAW, WE ARE NOT ALLOWED TO ASSIGN A MONETARY VALUE TO THE DONATED MATERIALS – THAT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE DONOR.

     

  • What is deconstruction?

    Deconstruction is the selective and careful dismantling of buildings to maximize re-use and recycling rates. Big Reuse’s Deconstruction Team can professionally dismantle anything from a kitchen to a whole house, uninstalling the items carefully and removing the items as a tax deductible donation. Decon is also your best environmental, and often financial, alternative to the landfill! …Read more

     


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