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Yeah, that's a real problem. It literally, physically makes me sick when I have to throw away things we don't need anymore (not that we actually needed some of them, ever).
It really is a shame how difficult it is to find a new life for perfectly useable goods here. But I understand; the cost of labor, storage, and transportation in Switzerland makes goods donation almost untenable for many charities.

A tip for those making donations:

If you find a charity accepting goods, consider also donating a few Francs towards storage and transportation costs. Many small independent charities operate on a shoestring budget.
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Old 15.09.2020, 11:30
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Re: Sad to throw items away vs donating

I now have another boot-load .. I'm not going to take it half way down the mountain to be refused at the charity shop so I'll take it to the dechete and hopefully their - freecycle section will be open.

The problem with giving it away, on any platform is that yeah loads of people say they want it.. But don't turn up or will come in two weeks or want to "meet in Geneva" .. You know, a total waste of time. It's fine it's one thing or somebody you know.. But 20 odd items, it's not worth my time.

This time I've got selection from kids skis, helmets, plates, snow chains, camping mats, a karcher, camp chairs, loads..

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Old 15.09.2020, 11:59
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Re: Sad to throw items away vs donating

Does anybody know where I could donate a few computer parts in Zurich? I have cables of different types, but also an external hard drive, a USB hub, a WiFi to Ethernet converter, a VGA-to-HDMI device... everything working, maybe not very useful but no junk.

I already wrote revamp-it.ch but got no reply.
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Old 15.09.2020, 12:00
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Yes, especially all those "fantastic kitchen helpers" that I thought were a good idea at the time, but ended up as never used dust collectors stuffed away in some cupboard...
Yep. Been there done that.
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Old 15.09.2020, 13:50
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Re: Sad to throw items away vs donating

No idea if this is realistic but based on olygirl's post I wonder if local refugee centers will take things like clothing, bedding and dishes?
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This thread reminded me to check to see if the churches that has planned clothing and goods collections in the spring and then postponed due to the pandemic had announced new dates. And sure enough, I seem to have missed the new dates.

I wish collections would get wider publicity.

So - if any of you know of groups who will be holding collections sometime in the remainer of 2020, extra points if in the greater ZH/central Switzerland areas, would you mind adding that info to this thread?
Apparently, all of Switzerland Marie Kondo-ed their wardrobes and the clothes collection places are overflowing with items. They are also pretty unhappy about the fact that a lot of it is low quality fast fashion, they would have been better off not getting the stuff as disposal will cost them.
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Does anybody know where I could donate a few computer parts in Zurich? I have cables of different types, but also an external hard drive, a USB hub, a WiFi to Ethernet converter, a VGA-to-HDMI device... everything working, maybe not very useful but no junk.

I already wrote revamp-it.ch but got no reply.
The only „Brocki“ I know that has computer cables is Arche in Zürich-Altstetten, archezuerich.ch.

By now, the whole stuff dilemma has me buying stuff on Ricardo and secondhand whenever possible. Not only because it‘s cheaper but because buying (i.e. producing and disposing of) new stuff strikes me as a broken system. According to Annie Leonard, 99% of the stuff we buy ends up dumped within six months: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=9GorqroigqM Scary number. That‘s in the US. It‘s not just a Swiss problem, though of course the richer the community, the more lopsided all this gets.

Clothes for kids are the obvious place to start: https://einfachdreifach.annabelle.ch...en-in-zuerich/ (Süssigkleid no longer exists but for older kids and adults, we like Chemiserie plus too: http://chemiserieplus.ch/tablet/index.html)
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Old 16.09.2020, 22:42
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No idea if this is realistic but based on olygirl's post I wonder if local refugee centers will take things like clothing, bedding and dishes?
I'm not sure. I once donated a few bags of my clothing to a refugee group but the refugees were pretty fussy with what they wanted. Just because it's your style doesn't mean it's theirs.
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Re: Sad to throw items away vs donating

When we recently moved, we had lots of nice things to give away. The charity shops said they didn't want it or we had to wait 2 months for pick-up...so we posted on "Basel Buy & Sell" in Facebook - except our items were free. So many people wanted these items and I was able to kindly choose who I perhaps thought needed them the most/would give them a good home. It was a nice feeling being able to help someone in need directly.

We also had loads of clothes to give away that no longer fit the middle age spread - on Facebook, there was a local volunteer group where a lady had posted for a need for clothes to send to refugee camps. She came with her teenage son and took several big bags happily away.

It is possible to find takers of your items with Facebook (only thing it is good for these days) and some creativity.
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Old 17.09.2020, 19:40
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Re: Sad to throw items away vs donating

On Facebook, there is a group called „Hät öper..?“ where people post things that they need, and others can then offer, either to buy or for free. It does not help if you want to give away things at a certain time, but it does help when you have stuff that you mainly keep because it is too good to be thrown away. Particularly in demand: plants, cables for all kinds of items, euro pallets, old phones, clothing...

I have also given away things via the facebook Marketplace. So far, everything I posted found a new home. As for how to give to refugees, I have recently given away two sofas to an Eritrean refugee family via Marketplace, so that might be an option.
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Re: Sad to throw items away vs donating

You can put it for 0.- on tutti.ch and have them pick it up if they want it, in a timeslot that is convenient for you.
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Re: Sad to throw items away vs donating

A neighbour alerted me to the first national „secondhand day“ this Saturday. Lots of events and discounts, see www.secondhandday.ch - German/French/Italian, no English versions but no diffcult texts. Includes a map of events, and online events.
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