Donations & Disposal Organizations

Organization Website Phone Number Donation Disposal
Goodwill of Silicon Valley (408) 998-5774 Drop Off No
Recology Silicon Valley (408) 725-4020 Pick Up, scheduled Drives Recycling Services
Second Harvest Food Banks of Santa Clara County http://www.shfb.og (408) 266-8866 Drop Off, Scheduled Drives No

For residents in and around Sunnyvale, CA:

- A list of locations that recycle batteries is available here. (Note: the list in in alphabetical order by city.)

- A list of locations that recycle electronics and other e-waste is available here.

- A list of locations that recycle used motor oil is available here.

- A list of locations that recycle other car-related items is available here.

- A list of locations that recycle houshold paint is available here.

- A list of locations that recycle fluorescent lamp is available here.


For Northern California residents outside of Santa Clara County, a list of Household Hazardous Waste programs from other counties if available here.

The East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse

  • Donation Hours: 11 am-5 pm 7 days a week, excluding major holidays
  • Location: 4695 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, California 94609
  • Notes:
  • Please see their list of acceptable donation items.
  • The Depot Store has a limited amount of storage space. To assure your entire donation will be accepted, please call ahead at 510-547-6470 for pre-approval. If you do not call ahead, they cannot guarantee that your donation will be accepted.

Donations & Disposal Tips

What documents to consider for confidential shredding 

  • Cancelled checks
  • Pay stubs
  • Last year’s bank and credit card statements 
  • Tax forms 
  • Medical or dental records
  • Used airline tickets 
  • Anything with a Social Security number on it or with credit card information

Note: Other papers can go into regular weekly paper recycle from residence.

What documents to keep forever

  • Baptismal Certificates
  • Birth Certificate
  • Death Certificates - may be needed for tax purposes
  • Driver's Licenses
  • Employment Records - any clauses, agreements, disciplinary files and performance reviews
  • Marriage Certificates
  • Medical Records
  • Military Records including the DD214 form
  • Passports
  • Retirement and Pension Records
  • Social Security Cards
  • Wills

What tax documnets to save 

 According to the IRS, you should keep all of your filed tax returns until the period of limitation runs out.  It helps when preparing future returns and for reference if you file an amended return.   Unless otherwise stated, the years refer to the period after the return was filed.

This is what they have to say about the rest of the paperwork:

  • Keep records for 3 -7 years
  • If you under reported by 25% of the gross income shown on the return, keep records for 7 years
  • If you filed a fraudulent return, keep records indefinitely
  • If you did not file a return, keep records indefinitely
  • If you filed a claim for credit or refund, after filing keep records for 3 years from date you filed your original return or 2 years from the date you paid the tax, whichever is later.
  • If you filed a claim for a loss from worthless securities or bad debt, keep records for 7 years
  • Keep all employment tax records for at least 4 years after the tax due date or is paid
  • For state taxes: some require longer periods. California and Florida have 4 yearr limit, longer for false or underreporting. 



Other records to save

  • Investment records
  • Purchases and sales
  • Home improvement receipts until sold and taxes paid
  • Leases until deposit returned
  • Vehicle records until sold
  • Warranties until expired or not longer useful
  • Current insurance papers


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