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How To Donate

Build It Green!NYC is a 501c3 charitable organization whose mission is to facilitate affordable second-life applications for quality building materials with the purpose of generating green jobs and job training, supporting local environmental initiatives, and reducing our city's dependence on raw material consumption and landfilling.

Build It Green!NYC fulfills our mission through material donations from generous donors like you! All donations are tax deductible. We accept material donations via two methods:

Drop-Off:

  • BIG!NYC considers drop-off donations of all varieties, but please check our list of items that we cannot accept before dropping off.
  • If you are still unsure sure if your donation is acceptable, email donate@bignyc.org with more information, including inventory and photos.
  • Drop off materials 7 days a week at both our Queens and Brooklyn reuse centers up to 30 minutes before closing (10-6 M-F & 10-5 weekends).
  • Large drop-offs must be approved and scheduled prior to delivery; email donate@bignyc.org or call 718-732-4143.
  • BIG!NYC reserves the right to turn away the donation of materials that do not meet our resale standards or are not as advertised in pre-approval process.

Free Pick-Up:

  • Click here to review the list of materials that Build It Green! NYC does not accept for pick up
  • BIG!NYC is primarily a supplier of construction-related materials but we consider material donations of all varieties based off of current inventory, supply & demand, condition, and volume.
  • To inquire if your donation offer qualifies for collection, please email donate@bignyc.org with the following information. The more information you provide, the more efficiently your request will be processed:
    • Inventory: *(required)*
    • Photos: *(required)*
    • Location: *(required)*
    • Building & Site Access: *(required)*
    • Scheduling Flexibility:
    • On-site Contact Information:
    • Donor Name and Address:
  • We offer pick-up services Monday through Friday only.
  • For larger more complicated donations, or to schedule a walk through, please call 718-732-4143.

Build It Green!NYC reserves the right to refuse any drop-off donation that has not been pre-approved.

Tax Deduction / Donation Receipt

BIG!NYC is a 501c3 charitable organization. As such, all materials we receive as a donation are eligible for a tax deduction.

A signed digital Donation Receipt will be emailed to you within 7 days of receiving the donation. The tax deductible receipt will be an itemized inventory listing all the materials we received in as much detail as we can provide. BY IRS LAW, WE ARE NOT ALLOWED TO ASSIGN A MONETARY VALUE TO THE DONATED MATERIALS - THAT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE DONOR.

To learn more about how to value your materials and how the IRS defines In-Kind Charitable Contributions, please follow the links for Publication 526 and Publication 561.

What to donate:

Appliances
Architectural
Bath
Building Materials
Doors
Electrical & Lighting
Film & Theater
Flooring
Furniture
Hardware
Heating & Cooling
Housewares
Kitchens + Cabinets
Lumber
Masonry & Tile & Stone
Outdoor
Paint
Plumbing
Windows