You’re on a roll decluttering your house, and then you come across your collection of DVDs. They were once handy, but truth be told, you haven’t watched a DVD in over ten years. And now, you’re finally ready to let them go.
But what do you do with them?
It’s understandable not to want to toss your DVD collection in the trash. Luckily, even if you don’t have a friend who is happy to take your stash, you can still donate or recycle. Here’s where to donate DVDs.
5 Places You Can Donate DVDs To
DVDs for the Troops
DVDs for the Troops is a program that distributes used and new DVDs to American troops overseas.
You can get more information on where to send your DVDs by private messaging the DVDs for the Troop Facebook page here.
Goodwill accepts DVDs and VHS tapes. Of course, the list of acceptable donations can vary from center to center, so be sure to look up items that your local Goodwill is currently accepting.
In most cases, even if Goodwill doesn’t want your DVDs for resale purposes, they can recycle them on your behalf.
Do you have a Salvation Army nearby? If so, you’re in luck. The Salvation Army does accept used DVDs that are in good condition.
You can look up your closest Salvation Army donation center here.
Freecycle is a program meant to encourage recycling and reusing. It’s a message board where members of your local community can join and either request items or list what they’re trying to get rid of.
You can sign up for your local Freecycle group and browse the message board to see if anyone needs DVDs.
Facebook Free Groups
Facebook Free Groups work on the same premise as Freecycle – they are a means for locals to exchange items for free. To see if anyone wants your DVD collection, join your local Facebook Buy Nothing Group and post a pic and description of what you want to give away.
Where to Recycle DVDs
If you can’t find a place to donate your DVDs, the next best thing you can do is recycle them. Here’s how:
Find a local drop-off with Earth911 – Earth911 has a search feature that helps you find a local drop-off location that will recycle your DVDs. I live rurally and still found many options.
BestBuy Recycling Program – Best Buy has a free recycling program for tons of different electronics and accessories, including DVDs.
Mail to GreenDisk – GreenDisk is a company that recycles CDs, DVDs, and all computer parts and accessories. The downside to this is that you’ll have to pay a $14.95 fee, and then Greendisk will recycle up to 25 lbs. of your “Technotrash” that you mail to them.
Keeping DVDs out of Landfills
If you’re wondering where to donate DVDs, you have plenty of options to keep them out of landfills. Next time you’re out and about, bring your DVDs at Goodwill or head to Best Buy and drop them off at their recycling center.
Katie Barton is the owner of Cabin Lane. She's also a home improvement writer for Bob Vila and Homedit. Her cleaning and organizing advice has been featured on Realtor.com, Yahoo News, GoBankingRates, and more. In her spare time, you can find her with a paintbrush in hand, searching for her next project.