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Due to COVID-19, many local thrift stores are limiting donations at this time. Some locations that recycle electronics are also closed, with the exception of the Yolo County landfill. Please call ahead to verify location hours and material acceptance policies.

As always, please use caution when considering the reuse of items from a different household, as objects can carry viruses, bacteria or introduce pests into your home. This caution is particularly important at this time to avoid the spread of COVID-19. Please check with the Center for Disease Control website for recommendations on safely disinfecting household items.

Are you moving?

Here's some simple tips to make moving less messy:

  • Please be respectful and do NOT unload your unwanted items into your neighbors trash can or dumpster. Illegally dumping household trash, mattresses and furniture in and around their trash cans and dumpsters can be expensive for them to clean up and haul away. 
  • If you have too much trash and it won’t fit in your garbage cart, please bring it to the landfill.
  • Take a closer look at what you’re throwing away.  It's possible that at least half of what you’re tossing out is recyclable. If your recycling cart is full, you can drop off recyclables for free 24/7 at the Recology Davis recycling center at 2727 2nd Street.
  • Tempting though it may be, please be responsible as you are moving and help keep our city beautiful by donating your unwanted items, instead of leaving them on the street, sidewalk or in your front yard.  Leaving furniture, mattresses and other household items in front of your property or on the street and sidewalk is a violation of City Code and may be a safety hazard for bicycles and pedestrians.  See below for ways to recycle or reuse your unwanted stuff.

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Please consider donating unwanted items instead of throwing them away.

Thrift Stores

Local thrift stores usually accept a wide variety of reusable goods. Please call individual stores to verify drop-off times and locations as well as if they can currently accept your items.

R & R Thrift, 2801 Spafford Street (759-9648)
Yolo County SPCA Thrift Store, 920 3rd St. (758-0544)
Goodwill Donation Xpress, 2939 Spafford Dr., Suite 110 (753-2524)
Goodwill Donation Xpress, 417 Mace Boulevard, Suite E (759-1136)
Goodwill Donation Xpress, 1351 W. Covell Blvd. (757-4431)
Big Blue Recycling Barn Thrift Store, Yolo County Central Landfill, 4090 County Road 28H (666-8727)

The Yolo County Central Landfill is now operating a reuse store! Looking to get rid of stuff? Visit the landfill donation station to unload your unwanted items. It's a one-stop-shop where you can donate items for reuse, recycle what can't be reused and throw away whatever is left.

Internet Posting

Post items online that you would like to sell or give away.

Facebook:  There are a number of local Facebook groups where you can post items to sell or give away (Davis Kids2Kids Resale, Davis Sale or Trade, Davis Yard Sales, Buy Nothing, etc).

The Davis Enterprise will list items in the “free” section for 3 days at no cost.

Check out our online Recyclopedia which lists local ways to reuse and recycle hundreds of items.


Appliances (refrigerators, stoves, ovens and other appliances): Some non-profit groups will accept working appliances.  If you have an appliance you would like to donate that is not in working order, the Yolo County Central Landfill takes them for recycling (fees apply).

Cardboard: Flatten and stack cardboard boxes next to your recycling cart on pick-up day and Recology Davis will pick them up for recycling. You can also take your cardboard to the Recology Davis recycling center at 2727 2nd Street.

Electronics (TVs, computer monitors, microwaves and other electronics): Did you know that there are local places that accept electronics for recycling every day? These places all accept electronics (working OR broken) for recycling! No need to wait for special drop-off events or out-of-town special pick-up to come by your area. You can recycle your old or broken computer monitors, TVs, keyboards, CPUs, toasters and other electronics easily!

Goodwill Donation Xpress, 2939 Spafford Dr., Suite 110 (753-2524)
Goodwill Donation Xpress, 417 Mace Boulevard, Suite E (759-1136)
Goodwill Donation Xpress, 1351 W. Covell Blvd. (757-4431)
Yolo County Central Landfill, 4090 County Road 28H (666-8727)

Hazardous Waste (cleaning products, burned out fluorescent bulbs, batteries, propane canisters, medicines, paint and other chemicals): Take them to the Yolo County Central Landfill every Friday and Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for free drop-off.  The Yolo County Central Landfill will accept paint, batteries, electronics and fluorescent bulbs and tubes from residents for free every day during normal operating hours.

Mattresses: Mattresses and box springs can be recycled for FREE at the locations listed below. 

Recology Davis, 2727 2nd Street, Davis (756-4646)  Mattresses can be dropped off for recycling during the CRV center buy-back hours: Monday through Friday from 9:30am to 2:00pm and Saturday from 8:00am to 4:00pm.

Yolo County Central Landfill, 4090 County Road 28H (666-8727)

Futon mattresses are accepted for recycling, but the mattress must separate from the futon frame or base. Items not accepted: sleeping bags, pillows, unattached mattress pads and mattress toppers (even items with resilient filling intended to be used with or on top of a mattress), car beds, crib or bassinet mattress, juvenile products or the pads used for such juvenile products, waterbeds, air mattresses that contain no upholstery material (such as a camping mattress), and sofa beds . No severely damaged, twisted, wet or soiled mattresses or mattresses with bed bugs or other organisms.

More information on getting rid of bulky Items