The Facts on Drop-Off Donation Bins

Dropping off your bag of clothes at a drop-off donation bin is a quick and charitable way to unload your excess items. And while many bins clearly state where your donation is going, a majority of drop-off donation bins are more vague.

Do you know where your clothing donation is going?

If you’re planning on using a drop-off bin to donate your items, here are a few things to consider:

Appearances can be deceiving.

Donation bin companies, Planet Aid and USAgain, operate and manage bins across the country. However, both companies are for-profit clothing recyclers. The clothes you donate to their bins, are bundled and sold to recyclers who ship them overseas and reuse them as apparel, rags or insulation material.

Always do your research before choosing to donate to a drop-off donation bin.

You have other options!

Goodwill is a reputable charity that’s been around since 1902. Use the Goodwill locator search and check the “donation site” box to find the closest drop-off spot near you.

Nonprofit, Bin Donated, allows companies, businesses and hotels, to place bins at their work to collect donations. If you live in Chicago, contact Bin Donated about finding a bin or hosting a donation bin where you work.

For an alternative to drop-off donation bins, consider donating through Zealous Good. Submitting your donation takes 3 minutes, and once your donation is requested, you get to choose which charity it goes to.


  1. marc said:

    I had no idea that some bins were from For profit businesses. I will stick to Goodwill drop-off points.

    May 6, 2013
  2. Veronica said:

    For truth, Planet Aid is a nonprofit organization. They sell the clothes to support community-based projects that improve health, increase income, aid vulnerable children, train teachers, and enhance the overall quality of life for people across the globe.

    October 30, 2013

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