Spring Cleaning? Here’s How to Decide, Should I Dump or Donate?

Should I Dump or Donate?When spring cleaning, should I dump or donate? Today, Mile High Roll-Off Waste Systems in Denver has a few tips to help you make the tough decisions.

A lot of people find it somewhat paralyzing when they clean out their closets and garages, and as a result, often end up either not cleaning it or not actually cleaning it out as thoroughly as they should. However, unused items simply clutter up a home and are going to waste sitting there, when they can actually be given new life through donation.

So, as you begin to rifle through your things and decide what needs to go, you may wonder how to choose between items suitable for donation and items that just need to be hauled to the dump. Create two piles, one for the dump and one for donation.

Then take a look at these two checklists and ask yourself which category the item falls into and voila! You now know which pile to add the item to. Should I dump or donate? Let’s take a closer look.

Items Suitable For Donation

  • The item is still usable and in good condition
  • The item is valuable enough to sell
  • The item is of decent quality and will still last for a while
  • The item functions the way that it should

There are also a few things that you should keep in mind when you are donating items. Charities can only use items that are suitable for resale, and their employees have to sort through everything to ensure some degree of quality. If you give them a bunch of useless junk, your donation could end up costing them money in the time it takes to go through everything and the expense of hauling it to the dump for you. That’s not helpful and should be avoided.

Items That Should Go To the Dump

  • The item is stained, ripped, moldy, rusty, ratty, whatever but it’s nasty
  • The item is broken and needs extensive repair in order to function correctly
  • The item is of poor quality and won’t last long at this point anyways
  • The item is unsafe to use
  • The item is ridiculously old

If you rent a dumpster for a massive cleanout, like finally getting rid of all that reno debris you meant to upcycle, keep in mind that not everything is eligible. Things like appliances and drywall are fine, while batteries or hazardous materials need to be disposed of properly. Be sure to check the list of prohibited items at your local landfill or talk to one of our team members for more information on proper disposal.

Again, if your first sweep and count for your “dump” pile is exceeding the capacity of your garbage cans, then consider renting a roll-off dumpster to haul everything away in one fell swoop. Mile High Roll-Off Waste Systems Inc. has several sizes you can choose from, starting at a reasonable 12-yard dumpster.

When spring cleaning, should I dump or donate doesn’t have to be a paralyzing question. Instead, clean out that old junk that you don’t need cluttering up your home. Experience freedom from that burden, help out those in need with items you can donate and let Mile High Roll-Off in Denver do all the heavy lifting.

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