In my last post about where to send decluttered items, I talked about where to donate usable and damaged clothings. In this post, I’d like to share with you my favorite place to send decluttered items: Tzu Chi Foundation. It’s so convenient because:
- We can donate usable items that can help calamity victims and the poor.
- We can also donate items that are no longer useful, but recyclable. The proceeds of their recycling go to helping their charitable beneficiaries
- They also pick up for free, if you have enough items to donate. But please note they schedule pick up according to how many other pick ups they have in your area. We cannot rush them since they are doing this free of charge. It’s best to email them pictures, so they know what size truck to bring.
WHAT DOES TZU CHI ACCEPT?
Tzu Chi accepts both usable and unusable (but recyclable) items, which is why it’s so convenient when you have a lot of things that you want to declutter from your home.
Did you know that you can also partner with Tzu Chi for your building (hello building admins!) or offices so you can set up a trash segregation system and recycle your waste! They can then pick up weekly. AMAZING!
- Clothes that are in good usable conditionClothes that are in good usable condition.
- All types of paper i.e. Newspaper, scratch paper, books, magazines
- Cartons and corrugated boxes
- Aluminum and any other metals
- Glass bottles (safety tip: no jagged edges & in a container)
- PET or water mineral bottles and assorted plastics
- old or broken appliances
- old and useable furniture UPDATE: Please send them pictures of the furniture, because they will not accept some furniture.
ASSISTANCE TO CALAMITY VICTIMS
When there is a huge typhoon, earthquake or other calamity, Tzu Chi focuses all their resources on assisting the victims, so they aren’t able to pick up.
During these times, it’s best to drop off your donations/recyclables:
- Fridays 7am to 12nn
- 76 Cordillera corner Agno St, Dona Josefa, QC
Tzu Chi also accept cash donations that can help them in their efforts.
HOW TO BOOK PICK UPS FOR LARGE/BULK ITEMS OR
- Get in touch with Tzu Chi and send them pictures of your items via email, viber or FB messenger and ask them if they will accept the items, and if they can pick up. This gives them an idea of what size truck to bring.
- If they are able to pick up, you will need to wait for their advice on when they have a pick up in your area. They usually give one day notice.
- Sort items for donation and place similar categories in one container each.
PLEASE DONATE MINDFULLY
- Be sure to sort your items into categories. Let’s not add to their work by placing everything jumbled together
- Place each category in a box or reusable bags with labels. For example: “toys” or “clothes for girls 1-3yo” or “books.” It’s better to donate in reused boxes, because they are stackable and you can easily label it. The boxes can be recycled afterwards. But if you donate using trash bags, it’s messy, adds to plastic waste, is not easy to label, and feels more like trash than useful donations.
- Just because you are donating a lot of items, it doesn’t mean that it should look like trash. It’s important to donate thoughfully. For example if you have a bag of broken glass items, it would not be safe for them to handle, so they probably will not accept this.
Good To Know For Manila Declutterers:
Where to Conveniently Donate Used Clothes in ANY condition
76 Cordillera cor. Agno Street, Barangay Doña Josefa, Quezon City
(632) 7141188 • 7142288 • 7141188 • 7142288 • 7320001
images via Tzu Chi Foundation