Where to Donate Items When you Declutter your Home in Castro Valley, CA

Where to Donate Items When you Declutter your Home in Castro Valley, CA

Whether you’re downsizing, decluttering, or just done with some household items, you might wonder how to get rid of it? Donating can help you give back to the community at the same time as you get the stuff out of your home. So, we’ve created this local guide on where to donate items in Castro Valley. There are also some spots to sell or trash items too. Plus, we’ve included some stops that are in Hayward and San Leandro, just because there are plenty of great donation sites out there, and it’s not too far.


  1. Friends of the Castro Valley Library

Location: 3600 Norbridge Avenue

Castro Valley, CA  94546

Contact: (510) 733-3285 or  friends.cvl@gmail.com

What they accept: Books, textbooks published in the last three years, magazines published in the last six months, Disney VHS tapes,

What you should know: The library will not accept stolen materials such as photocopied books or home made DVDs. If you have more than 3 boxes of boxes to donate you should call ahead of time so that they can take them.

The Castro Valley Library is a hub of the community and supported by the Friends of the Castro Valley Library organization. After you donate a book it could end up on the library shelves. Don’t hesitate to donate new versions of classics, the library always needs to replace books that have been worn out. If your book isn’t needed by the library, then it will be sold in the bookstore run by the Friends of the Castro Valley Library organization. Most books are sold at only a dollar or two, to keep the store accessible to all members of the community while still generating funds to support the organization, including library programs, furnishings, equipment, and more books.

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  1. Castro Valley Freecycle Group 

Location: Online only

Contact: https://beta.freecycle.org/

What they accept: Any reusable, sanitary item

What you should know: The local chapter of the Freecycle movement is a bustling place. You can offer any of your reusable items through the website, so long as you’re willing to part with it for free. We’ve seen everything from patio stones to tables, champagne flutes, clocks, photo albums, even unwanted personal care products (that haven’t been opened)! The site is a great alternative to selling things through Kijiji and other sites. You help people avoid buying products, and you don’t have to deal with the hassle from scammers or negotiating because it’s all free. Who knows, you might pick up some items too.

  1. Castro Valley Buy Nothing Group 

Location: Facebook only

Contact: https://www.facebook.com/groups/704608956967635

What they accept: Anything someone might want

What you should know: The general Buy Nothing groups encourage people to reuse each other’s stuff instead of buying it! This local page for Castro Valley is a little different. With community events, safety tips, resources, and reviews, it’s a great spot to get a lot of community connection. You’ll also be able to bounce thoughts off other savvy donors and shoppers to help you offload old stuff and find new trinkets for free.

  1. El Cerrito Recycling Center 

Location: 10890 San Pablo Avenue,

El Cerrito, CA 94530

Contact: 510-215-4300

What they accept: Electronic waste, recyclable materials, and many items that are difficult to recycle, including some appliances. See below for details.

What you should know: What about those items that you can’t just donate or that someone else wouldn’t be interested in? The El Cerrito Recycling Center is your best all-around recycling options. They take everything from classic recycling materials like glass, to unusual materials like bicycles.

Here is a quick list of some of the items that the center accepts that you may not be able to find other options for:

  • Batteries of all kinds, including automotive
  • Cell phones
  • Clothing
  • Computer monitors
  • Cooking oil
  • Exercise equipment
  • Eyeglasses
  • Fluorescent tubes
  • GPS systems
  • Hangers
  • Hard drives and memory
  • Motor oil
  • Sharps
  • Shoes
  • Syringes
  • Pharmaceuticals without excess packaging
  • Toner cartridges

You should know that the center does not accept appliances that have Freon in them. This includes air conditioners and refrigerators.

  1. The Hayward Animal Shelter 

Location: 16 Barnes Court (Near Soto & Jackson)

Hayward, CA 94544

Contact: (510) 293-7200

What they accept: Blankets, towels, pet items including canned food and litter, tables, containers, harnesses, and more items on their wish list.

What you should know: While you might have rare occasions to give away old pets’ things, it’s great to be able to give them to pets that are in need when you can. The Hayward Animal shelter is currently the closest shelter to Castro Valley as our own shut down. They accept a limited amount of used items, but they are a very great option for getting rid of old linens and towels. The animals always need to snuggle!

  1. Savers 

Location: 7117 Regional St, Dublin, CA 94568

Contact: 925-551-0943

What they accept: Household items, including small furniture and appliances.

What you should know: You have to hop over to Dublin to get to a Savers but it can be worth it. Savers will accept a huge range of household goods that you may want to drop off. They will turn around and sell it to a nonprofit to distribute it, unlike many of the other places on this list. However, it may be worth it if you just want to offload some things.

Here are some of the things that Savers accepts:

  • Backpacks and purses
  • Bed and bath items
  • Books
  • Clothing and shoes
  • Electronics
  • Exercise and sports equipment
  • Games and toys
  • Housewares
  • Small appliances
  • Small furniture


Are you ready to get donating? Or does it all seem like too much of a hassle? Bye Junk can get rid of your unwanted household items for you. We’ll pick them up and donate them locally, when we can. Plus, you still get the donation receipt and the benefits of choosing to reuse your items instead of putting them in a landfill. We offer full service junk removal in Castro Valley and the rest of the Bay Area.

Give us a call at (925) 263-9001 for more information.