Donate: Building Materials

What we do and don't take | Guidelines for donating | Donation pick-up fee

Donating high-quality building materials, new or used, helps people repair and improve their homes while also sparing the environment from needless waste. Because the Reuse Center at Boston Building Resources is a 501(c)(3) charity, both material and financial gifts are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

What we do and don't take

The list of materials below is meant to provide general guidance, and is subject to a conversation with BBR’s donations department about the specific materials you are offering. In some cases, we cannot accept materials because of low demand from our customers for certain items, even if the materials are new or in excellent condition.

For the kitchen

 We do take

We don’t take

  • Laminate countertops

  • Trash compactors

  • Garbage disposals

  • Cabinet doors without their cabinets

  • Used sinks

For the bath

We do take

  • Vanities

  • Pedestal sinks

  • Drop-in or undermount sinks: new in box only

  • Faucets

  • Tubs: new or like new

  • Freestanding shower units

  • Low-flow toilets: made in 2005 or later

  • Medicine cabinets

  • Framed mirrors

  • Accessories (towel racks, etc.)

  • Some shower doors

We don’t take

  • Wall-mount sinks


We do take

  • Vinyl and wood replacement or new construction windows

  • Insulated with double-pane glass

  • Window treatments: shades and blinds

We don’t take

  • Any sash without a frame

  • Single-pane glass

  • Picture windows (non-opening)

  • Storm windows

  • Screens without their windows


We do take

  • Interior: prefer widths of 28"–32" & 36" and heights of 78"–80"

  • Exterior

  • Storm doors: with frame, hardware, storm, and screen; prefer 32" x 80" or 36" x 80"

  • Hardware (locks, knobs, hinges)

We don’t take

  • Doors with lead content

  • Any door unit over 6' wide

  • Metal patio doors

  • Used bi-fold doors

  • Hollow-core doors

Lumber, plywood, drywall, woodwork, trim

We do take

  • Dimensional lumber (6' minimum length, no scraps, denailed)

  • Moldings (6' minimum length, denailed)

  • Mantels and fireplace surrounds

  • Stair parts: newel posts, balusters, treads

  • Plywood (half sheets or larger)

  • Drywall (half sheets or larger)

  • Exterior house shutters

We don’t take

  • Materials with lead content

Heating and cooling

 We do take

  • Air conditioners: working with a SEER rating of 10 or more

  • Boilers or furnaces: gas-fired in excellent condition

  • Domestic hot water heaters: 5 years old or less

  • Fireplace inserts and wood stoves

We don’t take

  • Any oil-fired appliances

  • Unvented gas fireplace inserts

  • Freestanding steam or hot water radiators (consider contacting the MassArt Iron Corps)


We do take

  • New, whole ceramic and stone tiles

  • Prefer a quantity of 30 sq. ft. or more for field tile

  • Accent tile: any quantity


 We do take

  • Carpeting, rugs, and carpet tiles (new or like new)

  • Sheet vinyl or vinyl tile (new)

  • Wood and bamboo (new or used/denailed)

  • Laminate (new)

  • Prefer a quantity of 30 sq. ft. or more


Working and complete

We do take

  • Residential surface-mounted light fixtures

  • Paddle fans with mounting bracket

We don’t take

  • Recessed lights

  • Fluorescent or incandescent bulbs

  • Commercial electrical equipment

  • Commercial light fixtures that don’t have residential application


 We do take

  • Latex paint, full containers

  • Cans must be clean and paint in good condition

Boston residents can consider giving other containers of paint to the city’s paint swap shops


 We do take

  • Siding: wood or fiber-cement (no scraps)

  • Asphalt roof shingles (new in package)

  • Insulation

  • Fencing: wood or metal, new or like new

  • Bricks and pavers, free of mortar

  • Bookcases

  • Small hardware, plumbing, and electrical items

  • Tools (working and complete)

We don’t take

Guidelines for Donating


While we do our best to assess the appropriateness of a donation before pick-up, there is no substitute for actually seeing it. Therefore, the BBR staff member has the authority to refuse items that s/he determines to be inappropriate for the homeowners and nonprofits we serve. We are a small nonprofit and must be careful not to accept items that we will need to pay to dispose of later on.

In most cases, our two-person pickup crew can handle the collection of your materials. If we are picking up your donated items and they are extraordinarily heavy or large, like a six burner Wolf Range or large Sub-Zero refrigerator, for instance, it may require an able-bodied person at the pickup location to help load it onto our truck—but we will let you know ahead of time if we think it requires extra labor.  If it is extra-large, and you have told us that such a person will be available, and that person is not there, we will be unable to pick up the donation.

If you plan to deduct the fair market value of the materials from your taxes, we suggest taking photos of the materials before they are donated. Keep the photos with the Boston Building Resources receipt to document your donation.

Materials being picked up by our truck must be at street level and in close proximity to the street or driveway. Materials in basements or several floors up will not be picked up unless specific arrangements have been made.

Because Boston Building Resources cannot test or warranty appliances, we accept only appliances that are in like-new condition and not more than a few years old. As with all donations, our staff member has the last word on appliances.

Donation Pick-up Fee

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Our modest pick-up fee ($25 inside Route 495; $50 outside Route 495) helps cover vehicle and staffing costs associated with collecting your donation. (Please fill out a Materials Donation Offer Form to be sure we can use the materials before paying the fee.)

You may drop off donated materials Monday through Friday, 8:00-4:00, or Saturday, 9:00-2:30. If you plan to drop off your donation, we recommend contacting us first to make sure that we will be able to accept the materials.

To donate items, click on the Donation Offer Form. Upon receipt of your form, we will contact you to confirm your pickup. On the day of the pickup, kindly use the envelope provided to leave a check for the driver.

Please contact Reuse Center donations staff with any questions, or to give feedback and/or suggestions. They can be reached at 617.442.2262, x 232, or