Environmental Services
600 East 4th Street
Chaska, MN  55318
(952) 361-1800

Environmental Center
116 Peavey Circle
Chaska, MN  55318
(952) 361-1835


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When it comes time to clean out your household storage, remember the old adage: one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Many people throw out items that would be useful to others. This disregard for stuff leaves our garbage cans full and others wanting (or buying) the very things that are being thrown away!

If you don’t have the time or ability to sell your unwanted things, consider donating them to a charitable organization so that they may be used rather than thrown in the trash. From books to unused canned goods, there are many organizations throughout the Twin Cities metro area that would happily take your unwanted, usable things to help others. Because your donations help them operate, they make it very easy to donate-some have drive-through drop-off sites and some even offer curb-side pick-up at your home.

Some ideas to help you get started!

• Check with your local library; many accept donations of books.
• Charitable organizations like The Salvation Army and Goodwill take clothing, household goods, and some furniture.
• Some women’s and homeless shelters accept used work clothes for clients going on job interviews.
• Unwanted non-perishable food can be donated to a local food shelf.
• Usable cell phones, electronics, and old CDs, DVDs and even VHS tapes can be donated for soldiers or shelters.

Some LOCAL resources!

Useable Household Goods

Bethesda Lutheran Communities Thrift Shop – Minnetonka
Environmental Center – Chaska
Epilepsy Foundation – County Wide
Goodwill – Chanhassen, Chaska & Shakopee
Hope Chest for Breast Cancer – Wayzata
Love INC of Eastern Carver County – Chaska
Lupis Pickup Service – County Wide
Rural Recycling Drop-Off Sites – Cologne, Mayer & NYA
Scott & Carver CAP Agency – Shakopee
The ATHC Attic Thrift and Gift – Watertown
Usagain Collection Sites – County Wide
Vietnam Veterans of America Donation – County Wide




Friends for Life Food Shelf, (952) 955-1980 – Watertown
Waconia United Food Shelf, (952) 442-3878 – Waconia
Southwest Carver County Food Shelf, (952) 467-1870 – NYA
Bountiful Basket Food Shelf – Chaska
People Reaching Out to People (PROP) – Chanhassen
Boy Scouts of America – Scouting for Food One Day Food Drive
USPS – Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive