Thank you for donating to Goodwill Industries of San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin counties. The sale of donations in our Goodwill Stores is the primary source of funding for Goodwill’s training programs for people with barriers to employment.

Goodwill would like to accept all donations. Unfortunately, we occasionally have to decline certain items.  Items should be clean, non-soiled, and in one piece so we can resell them to support our training programs.

Goodwill must say “No Thank You” to:

  • Hazardous waste, including paint, cleaning products, aerosol cans, spray chemicals, liquid household chemicals, mercury
  • Batteries
  • Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
  • Mercury thermostats and thermometers
  • Soda streams
  • Pressurized canisters, helium tanks
  • Automotive fluids and oils
  • Butane lighters
  • Fireworks, flares
  • Fuels (gas, butane and propane tanks)
  • Gas-powered tools with gas in tank (empty tanks are OK)
  • Car tires
  • Building materials
  • Weapons, including BB guns, swords, knives and ammunition (paint ball guns are OK)
  • Soiled linens
  • Medicines and medical equipment
  • Styrofoam
  • Light bulbs
  • Large appliances (washers, dishwashers, refrigerators, etc.)
  • Futons, sofas, water beds, bed pillows, frames and mattresses
  • Large office furniture and DIY particle-board furniture
  • Pianos and organs
  • Cribs, strollers, car seats, and the like (Reason? Government safety recalls.)
  • Make up, nail polish, personal hygiene products
  • Shower curtains
  • Adhesives, epoxy, glue sticks
  • Printer inks, toners

These items may only be donated directly to one of our stores:

  • Fish tanks
  • Snow skis and boots
  • Roller blades and roller skates
  • Rugs over 5 feet long
  • Exercise and sports equipment
  • Lava lamps

Where should I take my stuff instead?

These sites can assist you in finding a place to dispose of or donate the materials we can’t accept:

Marin County

San Francisco

San Mateo County

Other donation sites in the Bay Area