Waste generated by businesses can be reduced through the socially and environmentally responsible act of donation. Many social service organizations in the Twin Cities metro area are in continuous need of food, clothing, household items and office goods. By donating your overstocked inventory and gently used office equipment and supplies, you can:
- Obtain a receipt for tax deductions.
- Help advance a worthy cause.
- Save valuable natural resources.
For locations that businesses can donate to, click on the "Service Locations" tab above.
Businesses can also take advantage of reusable items by purchasing or accepting gently used office equipment and furniture for the business. To find used office equipment and furniture, search your local phone directory under "Used Office Furniture" or "Used Office Equipment".
The following agencies serve their county residents by providing food, housing, clothing and other programs through donations. Items accepted from businesses vary; call first.
The Minnesota Materials Exchange Program connects businesses that have quality reusable goods with those who can use them. Search the program's web site for available and wanted materials, including boxes, drums, office furniture and supplies, packing materials and pallets. Most items are free or available at low cost.
To locate other agencies that accept donations, check the list on the "Service Locations" tab, see the local phone directory under "Social Service Organizations" or contact your favorite charity.
Food Banks are clearinghouses for donated food and grocery products distributed to food shelves, soup kitchens and other non-profit agencies whose mission is to help people in need. Check the list on the "Service Locations" tab or for additional listings, see our materials page on Food.
Using the Minnesota Materials Exchange allowed Superior Third Party Logistics in St. Paul to stretch its budget by receiving free packaging materials. The company needs a consistent supply of quality packaging materials to operate its warehouse and shipping business. Having used the Materials Exchange previously, the company's operations manager thought the program could save the company money by finding good, usable items - and it did. EI Microcircuits in Mankato was looking for a recipient for its used bubble wrap and packing peanuts. The Materials Exchange matched the two businesses, and the warehouse now receives 720cubic feet of materials from EI Microcircuits every two months. Reusing the materials saves Superior about $5,000 a year in purchase costs.
Author: Minnesota Technical Assistance Program (MnTAP)
Business can donate computers, office furniture and supplies along with quality reusable goods through some of the programs listed on the "Service Locations" tab.
View the list on the "Service Locations" tab or check with your local school for more donation opportunities.
View the list on the "Service Locations" tab or for more options, search your local phone directory under "Salvage-Merchandise".