Burbank Sanitary District - Waste Reduction and Reuse

Reducing Waste Through Donations

Before tossing an item in the garbage or making a trip to the landfill there are additional options to use to conveniently help you to recycle and donate your unused or unwanted items. You can donate items such as clothing, furniture, small to large appliances and even vehicles. Here you will find a listing of thrift stores, online classified services, nonprofit agencies and other useful resources. Click on any of the categories listed below to help you locate with the best option to dispose of your item(s).

Animal Shelters

Did you know that animal shelters can be a great donation resource for some common items that we no longer need and would normally throw out with our garbage?  Items such as old blankets and towels that may be too old for us humans are perfect for our animal friends.  Please contact your local shelter for further details on what they are accepting for donations.

Aptos >         Redwood City >        Santa Cruz County >        Scotts Valley >

Car Donation

Wheels for Wishes

Wheels For Wishes is a car donation program benefiting Make-A-Wish® Greater Bay Area. We are proud to offer a free and easy way to recycle or donate unwanted cars, trucks, motorcycles, SUVs, RVs, or even boats, by turning them into a wish for a local child. We pick-up or tow away cars free of charge, anywhere in the Greater Bay Area, whether they run or not. Vehicles are either recycled or auctioned off and 100% of the net proceeds benefit Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area. Since we are a tax-exempt charity under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code, you also receive the maximum possible tax deduction for your charity vehicle donation.

Cars to Cure Breast Cancer

A charity donation program Cars To Cure Breast Cancer, benefiting The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Also benefiting Make-A-Wish, we accept donated vehicles and either recycle or auction them off and use the earned proceeds to benefit The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. All donations help to fund breast cancer research so that we can one day see a cure for breast cancer.

Donations Centers/Shelters (accept food and & other goods)

There are many ways to donate to a charity, some of us write checks, some give their time and others have an old sleeping bag or an old dresser ready to throw away, but instead, donate to a shelter nearby. Food banks are another charity to keep in mind; they not only take food but also take a variety of unwanted goods.  So think twice before throwing something out and help those less fortunate and donate. 

Examples: Diapers, Ziploc bags, toys, sundries and clothing, small hygiene kits, sleeping bags and blankets, mattresses, dressers, lamps, clean egg cartons, rubber bands, paper & plastic bags, pens and other miscellaneous non-prepared food items.

Food Banks

Click on any of the food banks in your county below to find more information about their services/programs












El Granada



Salinas >        Monterey >

Mail Reduction

It’s good to recycle your junk mail, it’s even better to stop getting it. Junk Mail is a waste of natural resources and your time. You can take action to stop this waste. Visit one of these sites below to learn more about reducing the amount of junk mail you receive.


Online Classifieds


Online classifieds provides local classifieds and opportunities for jobs, housing, personals, local community, and events. The Online Classifieds is also a great source to use, to find and buy and dispose and sell your unwanted goods. It’s fast, easy, and convenient.

Additional Resources

Other useful resources to help you reduce reuse and recycle, if you’re looking for recycling facts and statistics to finding inexpensive items for reuse!

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