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About donateNYC

donateNYC, a program of the NYC Department of Sanitation, helps New Yorkers give goods, find goods, and do good, with tools that make it easy to donate or find used items.

By donating and reusing goods instead of discarding them, New Yorkers can greatly reduce waste, conserve energy and resources, save money, and help provide jobs and human services for New Yorkers in need. donateNYC is an essential part of NYC’s 0X30 initiative, helping New Yorkers reach the goal of sending zero waste to landfills by 2030.

donateNYC also provides vital support for New York City’s reuse community, helping nonprofit organizations and local reuse businesses increase and promote their reuse efforts.


To reduce needless waste and increase diversion of reusable material from landfills, the NYC Department of Sanitation established donateNYC in 2016.

Our approach:

  • Increasing diversion rates by developing and administering public-facing technological tools and providing direct donation coordination

  • Increasing public awareness of and access to opportunities for reuse and donation

  • Supporting and expanding the City’s reuse infrastructure

  • Researching and documenting the NYC reuse sector’s zero waste impact

  • Preparing and responding to emergency situations that result in surges of unsolicited donations

Supporting Donations and Reuse

Residents can turn to our searchable map, an online and mobile tool that locates convenient places to donate or find second-hand goods.

Businesses and nonprofit organizations can use the donateNYC Exchange, an online materials reuse platform, to give and receive large quantities of gently used and surplus materials.

Businesses and nonprofit organizations can also donate and receive surplus food using our innovative food donation platform.


Nonprofit reuse organizations may join the donateNYC Partnership program, which offers members a variety of benefits including networking, publicity, workshops, data analysis, and conferences.