Ready 2 Recycle

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Here’s a new service opportunity that benefits your group as well as the residents of Central Union Mission. Our Ready2Recycle work-development program employs homeless men by picking up, sorting and managing donations, which are distributed at our Food PLUS Center or used to help provide products and services for the vulnerable people we serve.

Who Can Do a Ready2Recycle Drive?

A Ready2Recycle drive is good for any group: scout troops, Sunday School classes, service clubs, youth groups, office groups--whoever has extra "treasures." It's a good way to get people actively working together.

How to Do a Ready2Recycle Drive:

  • Schedule a pick-up date and location for your group with our manager TaJuanna Patterson at, 202-745-7118 ext 411,  or complete this form.
  • Clean out your closets!  We can use all types of clothing, shoes, housewares and appliances. (Here are some ideas.) We can even use torn or stained clothing to sell for rags.
  • At your pick-up location, our polite staff will help you load up our Ready2Recycle truck and give you a receipt for tax purposes.
  • You now have a clean house, a tax deduction and the good feeling that comes from helping homeless people earn income and gain job references.

R2R clothingPlease donate:

Clothing (all sizes and conditions)


Small Appliances

toasters, radios, power tools, irons, blenders, mixers, stereos, CD players, speakers, DVD players, table lamps, floor lamps, humidifiers

Exercise and outdoor equipment

Bicycles, golf, ski and other sports equipment, garden tools

Home textiles

Bedding, bath towels, blankets, pillows, curtains, tablecloths, throw rugs


Toys, games, stuffed animals


Pots, pans, utensils, china, vases, dishes, cutlery, glassware, silverware, stemware


Costume jewelry, crafts, mugs, candles, pictures/frames, baskets, ornaments, hand tools


Hardback and paperback books, magazines, records, tapes, CDs, videos, DVDs, computer software

Sorry, no computers or monitors. We are not equipped to recycle them.