Donating used items to charity is a great way to find a new home for your old things, get a tax deduction and help a worthwhile nonprofit raise funds. But not everything can be donated to charities, so it's best to ask before you drop off. In general, there are four categories of goods that are very difficult to donate and should either be recycled or sent to a landfill. Mattresses and box springs, for example, are difficult to donate, since it is illegal in most states to refurbish or resell beds, for sanitary reasons. Used electronics have become very difficult to give, since prices have come down and functionality is constantly and rapidly evolving. It's best to take old electronics to stores like Best Buy, where they are collected and recycled.
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