Material Donations and Pickup Services
Your donations fuel our retail operations and provide new opportunities for reuse. When community members, like you, shop at Resource Central, they are taking part in a mission that impacts our environment and our culture. The reselling, reusing, and upcycling of your items keeps over three million pounds of materials from landfills each year. By donating your reusable material, you are helping Resource Central save the equivalent of 91 acres of lumber from harvest yearly! Your donation is also tax deductible, it’s a win-win!
We love our construction donations! Some of the highest quality and most reusable materials come from our partners in the construction industry. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.
If you’re unsure if your donations will be accepted for pick-up, send us an email with your pickup address, photo, description, and measurement of your donation to email@example.com or use this form.
We are big fans for architectural salvage. Our goal is to accept materials that can be resold for a useful second life elsewhere, so that is the standard by which we determine eligibility. If the materials are in good condition, and are able to be reused by another, bring them on over! Each donation will be given a donation receipt for tax purposes. It is the responsibility of the donor to assess value and maintain this record.
Items commonly accepted for donation:
Expand any of the listings below to learn more about what makes a great donation to Resource Central and an important contribution to a more sustainable community.
Kitchen Cabinets: All cabinet doors and drawers must be attached and intact, possess no water damage, mold or missing parts (i.e. back or side panels).
Dresser Drawers and Furniture Cabinet Doors: We only accept cabinet doors and/or dresser drawers if they are accompanied by the cabinet, made of solid wood and/or of unique quality which the staff believes appropriate for resale.
Workbenches and Cabinets: see above for appropriate condition requirements.
Metal Cabinets and Lockers: We accept all metal lockers and cabinets as long as they are fully operational and do not contain an abundance of rust.
Shelving and Racking Systems: We accept most shelving and racking systems.
Individual Melamine, MDF, Particle Board Shelving: Must be in new or near new condition.
Solid Wood Shelving: We accept most solid wood shelving but spatial constraints may affect our ability to accept your donation.
Doors: We accept any door in good condition, except those with hollow-cores. We will not accept doors with water damage, delamination, cracks, or holes (other than those for locks and handles). Hollow-core doors are only accepted if they are new and in their frames.
Sliding Glass Doors: Must be in their frames, double-paned, and in fully operational condition. Wood sliding doors cannot have any rot or water damage.
Doors in Jambs and Door Jamb Material: We will accept doors in jambs that are in pieces and are denailed or destapled, and with a nail or screw through the jamb into the side of the door to hold it together.
Hinges: All cabinet and door hinges are accepted. We prefer if the hinges are assembled (both sides with the pins inserted).
Door Knobs: All door knobs are accepted. We prefer if the knobs are together with all their pieces.
Windows: Windows must be double-paned with unbroken seals within the panes and no broken glass. Single-pane window sashes are accepted, as well as their counterweights. We do not accept the frames from single-paned windows. They must be vinyl or metal clad to be accepted unless they are single or vintage. Since our window acceptance policy can be a bit tricky we suggest you bring in an example or share a photo of what you plan to donate.
Shutters: We accept shutters if they are in good condition but will decline those with excessive paint and/or weather damage.
Trim: We accept trim pieces that are in four-foot sections or longer and have been de-nailed. Trim that has been painted or stained must be in very good condition to be accepted.
Lumber and Wood: We accept all dimensional lumber four-feet or longer. Larger timbers (i.e., 8”x8”, 4”x12”, etc.) will be accepted in sections of four feet or longer.
De-nailed Lumber: We strongly prefer that all lumber is donated without nails. We have a very limited amount of space for nailed lumber, so if you bring in lumber containing nails it is likely that we cannot accept your material due to our limited space.
Plywood: If half-inch thick or less, we accept half sheets or larger. If over half-inch thick, we accept quarter sheets or larger.
Sheetrock: 1/4″ or larger.
Paneling: Half sheets or larger.
Wonderboard: Quarter sheets or larger.
Sheet Glass and Mirror: Various sizes accepted but may be denied due to spatial constraints. Please, no glass and/or mirrors with cracks, chips, glue, or larger than 3′ x 4′.
Metal: We accept almost all metal stock and sheet metal.
Siding: We accept only brand new vinyl or Hardie board siding, wood siding that is de-nailed and in good condition, and painted siding in exceptional condition.
We accept all reusable corrugated metal and vinyl roofing, asphalt and wood shingles, and tar paper in good condition. We also accept most other roofing materials; however roofing tiles are on a case-by-case basis due to space restrictions.
WE CANNOT ACCEPT BUCKETS OF TAR/ASPHALT.
Sinks: We accept all styles of sinks, but metal sinks must be without rust and porcelain sinks must be without cracks or chips, please.
Tubs: We accept all clawfoot and most cast iron and metal tubs. We do not accept tubs with chips or cracks. Jet or fiberglass tubs, even if they are of good quality and condition, may not be accepted due to space constraints.
Grout, Caulk, Concrete, Thinset, etc: We accept new and partially used bags of these materials. If a bag is opened, it must be in a container that is easy to move and strong enough to support the material inside. We do not accept caulk tubes that are opened.
Toilets: We only accept low-flow toilets, 1.28 gallons per flush or less. All toilets must be clean and not have any cracks or pieces missing.
Miscellaneous Plumbing: We accept most plumbing parts and pieces. We ask that they be donated in an organized manner in containers that are a part of your donation.
PVC and Metal Piping: Sections must be four feet or longer. We will not accept pieces that are connected at angles forming an “L” shape or similar.
We CANNOT accept any fixtures or pipes that contain lead.
Tools: We accept most tools that are fully operational.
Hardware (Nails, Screws, Bolts, etc): We will accept all hardware that is new and in the box. Used hardware must not be rusted, and must be in containers that can be donated with the hardware.
Appliances: We accept appliances that are in good condition or of an antique nature.
We CANNOT take any appliances containing CFCs (they must be disposed of properly at a licensed disposal facility).
Lighting Fixtures: We accept various light fixtures that are in good and fully functioning condition. We do NOT accept “brass-on-glass” type fixtures as well as fluorescent light fixtures made for drop ceilings. Additionally, no fluorescent light bulbs can be accepted with the lights.
Ceiling Fans: We accept ceiling fans in good condition. Please note that all mounting hardware must accompany the fan, and the blades should be removed and packaged with the fan.
Wood-Burning Fireplaces and Stoves: Due to wood-burning restrictions, we are allowed to accept only EPA Phase II or Colorado Phase III certified wood-burning fireplaces or stoves that meet current quality standards.
Gas Fireplaces: We accept all standalone gas fireplaces that are in working order. Regarding insert fireplaces, they must be in exceptional condition (not missing any pieces) but may be denied due to space constraints.
Stove Pipe: We accept all types of stove pipe that are in a reusable condition. We will NOT accept those with major dents or any denting around the ends where they would connect to other pieces.
We will accept non-upholstered furniture that is solid wood or of an antique nature. Furniture cannot include any cloth, fabric, textile, or absorbent material. We cannot accept furniture that is of the particle-board “assemble yourself” style, unless it is in exceptionally good condition and already constructed. Since our furniture acceptance policy can be a bit tricky we suggest you bring in an example or share a photo of what you plan to donate via email.
Landscape Materials: We will accept all bricks, pavers, cinder blocks, moss rock, and flagstone as long as it is in a reusable condition, and without heavy mortar or concrete stuck to it.
Fencing: We accept chain link, welded wire, construction fencing, chicken wire, and most other types that are five feet or longer and rolled neatly together. Wood fence sections must be in good condition with no missing pieces and in four-foot sections or longer. Pieces of fencing (split rails, posts, pickets, etc.) are all accepted if they are de-nailed and in reusable condition. If a section of fence is broken, you can take it apart, and we will accept the separate pickets and rails if they are reusable and de-nailed.
Stairs: Most stair sets are acceptable if they are in reusable condition. Pieces of staircases (balusters, treads, stringers, etc.) are also accepted.
Solar Panels: We accept all solar panels that are in working condition and will accept those we deem repairable as well.
Scrap (ferrous) Metal: We accept ferrous scrap metal (containing iron) such as mild steel, stainless steel, carbon steel, cast iron and wrought iron as space allows.
Non-Ferrous Metal: We accept non-ferrous metals such as aluminum, brass, copper, tin, lead, nickel and zinc.
We sometimes may need to refuse an item on this list due to its condition, lack of space in the yard, or other reasons. If you are donating small items, please pack them in containers that can be donated with the items. Our staff does not repair, recycle, or dispose of trash for customers.
If you see something in the yard we normally do not accept, it is most likely from a whole house deconstruction where we agreed to take everything. If you think your item may be an exception to our normal guidelines, you are welcome to bring it in, or bring in a photo and ask our staff whether we can accept it. We may not be able to accept your material if your photo does not represent the true nature of your donation.
If we cannot accept your materials, one of these locations may help you dispose of your material responsibly.
If you know of an option we’ve missed, please let us know so we can add it to this list!
Thank you for supporting Resource Central and the material reuse community!
Resource Central understands that not everyone has the ability to transport the material they would like to donate. With this in mind, we offer a pickup service for qualifying donations.
A nominal charge will be based on the quantity of materials, their state of readiness for loading and the distance from Resource Central, in order to help cover the labor and transportation costs involved with the pickup.
5 Steps for Pickup Services
- Check Our Donation Guidelines
Please refer to our donation guidelines above to ensure that the materials you’d like to donate fall within the guidelines. If you are unsure, please send us an email with your pickup address, photo, description, and measurement of your donation to firstname.lastname@example.org or use the pre-qualifying donation form to help us determine the best way to find out.
- Are You Within Our Pickup Service Area?
Our standard pickup service area is a 30-minute driving radius around our location. For larger donations of high-quality materials, we are able to make an exception.
- Plan Ahead!
We usually need 5 – 10 business days’ notice to accommodate your pickup.
- Schedule a Pickup
Call our Deconstruction and Pickup Services specialists at 303.419.5418 x102 to schedule your pickup between 9am and 4pm, Monday through Friday.
- Prepare Your Donation
Materials must be gathered together in an accessible area such as a driveway or garage. The Resource Central staff cannot haul your materials out of basement areas, or dismantle them for you—they must be “road-ready.”