When Gov. Tim Walz's stay-at-home order was in effect, many likely used the time to clean and de-clutter their homes.
While before the pandemic it would have been a simple decision to pack up the car and drop off the items to a donation or recycle center, where should those items be taken now?
"We currently are not accepting donations for our thrift store," Director of Nutrition and Community Services Jackie Lara with the Community Action Partnership of Scott, Carver and Dakota Counties, said.
On its website, the CAP said the thrift store is closed until further notice in an effort to protect all clients and CAP Agency staff from possible transmission of the COVID-19 virus.
All Goodwill Stores in the Twin Cities were closed through the month of May but are scheduled to reopen on Monday, June 1, according to the organization's website. Area locations include Chanhassen, Shakopee, Savage, and Chaska and they will accept most items except appliances, electronics, and furniture.
A couple donation centers that are accepting public donations are the ARC Value Village locations in Bloomington, Richfield and New Hope; the Salvation Army Family Store and Donation Centers in Bloomington, Burnsville, Minneapolis and St. Paul.
Bridging, with locations in Bloomington and Roseville, is open and accepting donations. Bridging accepts furniture, appliances, electronics and framed artwork and pictures.
Bridging is are a nonprofit organization, primarily serving the Twin Cities, that provides donated furniture and household goods to families and individuals transitioning out of homelessness and poverty.
"Bridging is open to accept donations and client services has resumed at both warehouses at this time," Diana Dalsin, Bridging's community relations manager, said. "The safety and well-being of our community continues to be our top priority as we monitor and respond to the evolving impact of COVID-19 on our operation. We have also resumed the fee-based residential pick up program for curb, driveway, or garage pick up. If you are unable to bring your items to Bridging and you live in the Twin Cities metro area, schedule a Bridging home pick up."
There is a $75 fee for a pickup from the curb, driveway, or garage and they will come pick up items if in the Twin Cities metro area.
Dalsin said the Bridging.org website is a good resource to find which items they need and what shape and quality they need to be in order for them to accept them.
Recycling can be an option for items such as large appliances, electronics or items not accepted by donation centers.
Scott County's Household Hazardous Waste Facility in Jordan accepts items such as bicycles, cardboard, Christmas lights, light bulbs, printers, stereo, household electronics, computer components, and small engines. For a fee they will accept appliances, televisions, monitors and tires.
The HHW facility is only available by appointment at this time and staff is not allowed to help unload items from your vehicle.
Carver Country's Environmental Center at 116 Peavey Circle in Chaska was scheduled to reopen Wednesday, June 3.
According to the Carver Environmental Center website, there will be a few changes to their operations:
- Materials must be stored in the trunk, truck bed or trailer. Staff will not be breaking the plane of a vehicle cabin to unload materials. If these conditions are not met, staff will ask you to exit your vehicle and unload the materials.
- If you are dropping off heavy or bulky items (mattress, refrigerator, etc.) please bring assistance to unload these materials from your vehicle.
- Please have payment ready. Exact change or credit card is preferred.
- Use of a face covering or mask is advised.
- The Product ReUse Room will remain closed until further notice.