Donating material is an excellent way to help you declutter, and to repurpose, reuse and recycle materials you don't want and give them a second life. Here are guidelines to help you get started.
Why donating helps you and the environment
Each year countless tons of materials are needlessly tossed into landfills when they've outlived their owners' usefulness or interest. That includes materials we accept, such as office and art supplies, books, buckets, bolts of fabric and much more. Instead of throwing aside what's no longer needed, there's a better way to prevent our landfills from filling up with useful items that would otherwise be appreciated by someone else: donate*. For materials we do not accept, consider disposing of them responsibly at one of Montreal's ecocentre locations.
* Please note that we only take material donations from within Concordia University.
Materials we accept
Driftwood, wooden dowels, moulding and wood pieces (good condition, no nails/staples etc.), wooden boxes, popsicle sticks, plywood.
Canvases/canvas boards, fibres, rope, yarn, crochet thread, embroidery floss, bolts of fabric, fabric pieces, fabric samples books, fake fur, felt, burlap, vinyl, velvet, upholstery fabric, lace, trim, ribbon, seam binding.
Packaging corners, vinyl signs, buckets, film canisters, film reels, slides, plastic boxes/bins, plexiglas, bubble wrap, rubber tubing, CD’s, cassette tapes, crystal cases.
Sketchbooks, art paper (watercolour/drawing), off cuts, paper rolls, maps, blueprints, anatomical drawings, mechanical manuals, art books, illustrated books, graph paper, posters, photographs, calendars (with pictures), stickers, wallpaper samples, origami paper, lined paper, construction paper, handmade paper, prints, ephemera (vintage advertising, pamphlets, decals, postages stamps), old magazines, mat board, sign board, foam core.
Jars, glass beakers, test tubes, mirrors. Wire, sheet metal, pipe cleaners, nails screws, hinges, old keys, pennies, ornate metal pieces, silverware, nails, screws, casters, zippers, snaps.
Folders, binders, unused receipt books/note pads, dividers glue, tape, staples/staplers, scissors, chalk, pens/pencils, erasers, markers, lanyards, name tags, labels, transparencies.
Tools & equipment
Hand tools, framing supplies, canvas stretchers, mat cutters, framing hardware, carving tools, glue guns.
Art/craft supplies and misc.
Acrylic paint, brushes, charcoal, crayons, ink, pastels, markers, pencils, chalk, easels, fabric dyes, ceramic glazes, beads, buttons, clay, staples, stamps/stamp pads, knitting needles, crochet hooks, costume jewellery pieces, wire, sheet metal, pipe cleaners, cardboard tubes, paper clips, spools, pine cones, shells, slides, board game boards, bulletin boards, frames (with or without glass), magnets.
Let the decluttering begin!
Ready to tidy your closet? Clean up your garage? Clear your basement?
Materials we do not accept
Textbooks, course packs, toxic/hazardous wastes, oil paints, solvents, furniture, styrofoam, VHS tapes, computers/printers/cell phones, used medical containers, medical equipment, personal care items (toothbrushes, combs, soap...), clothing, dishes, toilet paper rolls, auto parts/tires, scented items, used take-out containers, tin cans, housewares, newspapers, etc.