Spring GREEN Cleaning: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle for Spring

springcleanThere’s a reason why ‘spring cleaning’ is celebrated around the world. Warmer weather and longer days serve as a stimulant to encourage people to de-clutter and get organized. In fact, research shows that cleaning up your living space is great energy boost that fosters happiness and a renewed focus. Deep cleaning also supports optimum health by keeping nasty allergens at bay.

So, while you’re cleaning and sprucing up your surroundings, remember to donate your reusable items to your favorite thrift store, or charity. Here’s a helpful list where you can donate your items. (Please call locations or visit their websites to find out about store hours).

Boys & Girls Club of Ventura Thrift Store

222 N. Ventura Avenue

Ventura, CA

(805) 667-8855

The store takes clothes, pots and pans, bikes, furniture, artwork, and other household items.

Goodwill Retail Store 

404 East Main Street

(805) 641-1101

The store on Main Street takes small items only. For larger items such as big furniture and other items, contact the Goodwill Donation Center on Thompson (805) 650-9339 or Telephone Road (805) 671-5086.

Salvation Army

The Salvation Army

1783 E. Main Street, Ventura, CA

(805) 667-9089

Drive to the back of the store to drop off items during operating hours.

For big item truck pickups call: (800) 728-7825

Habitat for Humanity’s ReStores

Habitat for Humanity of Ventura County

121 S. Rice Avenue


(805) 981-2268

Visit habitatventura.org to find out about hours of donation. Watch our Sustainable Ventura News Videos below to find out how Habitat for Humanity employs the 3 R’s.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle with Habitat For Humanity’s ReStores:

Demolition & Construction with Habitat for Humanity:

Garage Sale

Organize a garage sale and promote it in your neighborhood!

Household Hazardous Waste Event (HHW)

City of Ventura residents and small businesses (CESQG’s) are encouraged to visit the monthly FREE Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Events and take advantage of the opportunity to dispose of HHW items properly and avoid the risks associated with stockpiling hazardous waste (such as home fires associated with improper storage.) You must schedule an appointment for drop-offs. Please call (805) 652-4525 (Monday-Thursdays, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.). Appointment times for the event are from 9:00 to 11:45 a.m. and 1:00 to 1:45 p.m. at 15-minute intervals. Discover more at: cityofventura.net/hhw

Harrison Pickups

E.J. Harrison & Sons now offer Ventura residents a new size 96-gallon recycling bin at no cost with a second recycling cart for a fee of $1.25 a month. Additionally, their enhanced services also now include two free bulky item pickups (two pickups, two items each pick up for a total of 4 items annually). Call (805) 647-1414.

Watch the Sustainable Ventura video:


Maryann Ridini Spencer for Sustainable Ventura News



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