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Move-Out Waste Reduction Tips

moving truck If you or someone you know is moving, please consider donating unwanted items instead of throwing them away. Each year, many people resort to “dumpster diving” to retrieve good items that were thrown away by residents that are in a hurry to vacate their homes before their lease is up. Instead of tossing your stuff in the trash, please donate it for reuse.

Please be respectful and do NOT unload your unwanted items in someone else’s trash can or dumpster. Every June and August, businesses in Davis have people from all over town illegally dumping their mattresses and furniture in their dumpsters, costing them extra time and money to clean up and haul away.  Piling your extra trash in the street and sidewalk is also not okay.  If you have too much trash and it won’t fit in your garbage cart, please bring it to the landfill instead of leaving it out in bags.  Better yet, take a closer look at what you’re throwing away.  It's possible that at least half of what you’re tossing out is recyclable. If your recycling cart is full, you can drop off recyclables for free 24/7 at the DWR recycling center at 2727 2nd Street.

Tempting though it may be, please be responsible as you are moving and help keep our city beautiful by donating your unwanted items, instead of leaving them on the street, sidewalk or in your front yard.  Leaving furniture, mattresses and other household items in front of your property or on the street and sidewalk is a violation of City Code and may be a safety hazard for bicycles and pedestrians.  See below ways to recycle or reuse your unwanted stuff.

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Recycle and Reuse furniture

Do you have stuff you don’t want?
Instead of throwing your stuff away, donate it for reuse!

Appliances (refrigerators, stoves, ovens and other appliances): Some non-profit groups will accept working appliances.  If you have an appliance you would like to donate that is not in working order, the Yolo County Central Landfill takes them for recycling (fees apply).

Cardboard: Flatten and stack cardboard boxes next to your recycling cart on pick-up day and Davis Waste Removal will pick them up for recycling. You can also take your cardboard to the DWR recycling center at 2727 2nd Street.

Clothing, shoes, purses, backpacks, towels and other linens: Thrift stores and some non-profit groups will usually take these items. Pillows, mattresses and sleeping bags are usually not accepted.

Electronics (TVs, computer monitors, microwaves and other electronics): Did you know that there are three local places that accept electronics for recycling every day? These places all accept electronics (working OR broken) for recycling! No need to wait for special drop-off events or out-of-town special pick-up to come by your area. You can recycle your old or broken computer monitors, TVs, keyboards, CPUs, toasters and other electronics easily!

Yolo County SPCA Thrift Store, 920 3rd St. (758-0544)
Goodwill Donation Xpress, 2939 Spafford Dr., Suite 110 (753-2524)
Goodwill Donation Xpress, 417 Mace Boulevard, Suite E (759-1136)

Food:  Un-opened, non-perishable food within its useful date (no food past its expiration date) is accepted for donation by many local non-profit groups.

Furniture: Many thrift stores and non-profit groups will take furniture, depending on the type, size and condition.

Hazardous Waste (cleaning products, burned out fluorescent bulbs, batteries, propane canisters, medicines, paint and other chemicals): Take them to the Yolo County Central Landfill every Friday and Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for free drop-off.  The Yolo County Central Landfill will accept fluorescent bulbs and tubes from residents every day during normal operating hours. Bring fluorescent bulbs and tubes to the scale house. There is a $2.00 convenience charge regardless of the number of bulbs/tubes you bring in.   Click here for other options for fluorescent bulbs and batteries.

Household furnishings, kitchenware, small kitchen appliances, toys and other odds and ends:  The easiest way to donate these items is to take them to a thrift store, unless you know of a local non-profit that is gathering a hodgepodge of materials.

Mattresses: The Yolo County Central Landfill accepts mattresses and box springs for FREE recycling every day!  Mattresses and box springs DO NOT include: sleeping bags, pillows, an unattached mattress pad or mattress topper (even items with resilient filling intended to be used with or on top of a mattress), a car bed, crib or bassinet mattress, juvenile products or the pads used for such juvenile products, waterbeds, air mattresses that contain no upholstery material (such as a camping mattress), sofa beds and futons.

Thrift Stores

Local thrift stores usually accept a wide variety of reusable goods. Please call individual stores to verify drop-off times and locations as well as if they can currently accept your items.
L Street Furniture, 421 L St. (758-1833)
R & R Thrift, 2801 Spafford Street (759-9648)
Yolo County SPCA Thrift Store, 920 3rd St. (758-0544)
Goodwill Donation Xpress, 2939 Spafford Dr., Suite 110 (753-2524)
Goodwill Donation Xpress, 417 Mace Boulevard, Suite E (759-1136)

Yolo County Central Landfill is now operating a reuse store! Looking to get rid of stuff? Visit the landfill donation station to unload your unwanted items. They may turn into someone’s usable treasures. The landfill reuse store will be open September 2, 3 and 4 from 9am to 3pm.

Internet Posting

Post items online that you would like to sell or give away.

Facebook:  There are a number of local Facebook groups where you can post items to sell or give away (Davis Kids2Kids Resale, Davis Sale or Trade, Davis Yard Sales, etc).

The Davis Enterprise will list items in the “free” section for 3 days at no cost.

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