Material Donations


If you wish to make a tax-deductible financial contribution, please go to this page.

ACR is currently accepting material donations by appointment, only.  For the safety and wellbeing of our staff, walk up donations will not be accepted.

Beyond just financial support and volunteers, we need material donations to make our cogs go. Austin Creative Reuse collects clean and reusable supplies for the creative community in Austin. We will give you a tax receipt and that good feeling that comes with supporting your local creative reuse nonprofit!

Please follow these best practices when making a material donation to ACR:

  1. Make sure we accept what you have. Check out the lists of: Items We Accept and Items We Don’t Accept
  2. Organize your donations prior to bringing them in. A little goes a long way!
    • Secure items such as yarn, thread, ribbon, etc. 
    • Bag loose items such as pom poms, beads, paper clips, etc.
    • Bundle like items together
  3. Make an appointment to bring in your donations.
    *Donations without an appointment will not be accepted*
  4. Bring your donation in a box or bag you will leave with us. We do not empty donations into other containers.
  5. We reserve the right to reject any donations.

Our “Life Cycle of a Donation” video series gives you a behind the scenes look at what happens to all the materials donated to ACR!

What We Accept- At a Glance                           Wish List
What We Accept- Itemized List                        Business Donations
What We Cannot Accept                                    Material Drive
Other Donation Resources


What We Accept- At A Glance16955291679_b324dbcf87_z

  • Art and Craft Supplies
  • Fabric
  • Yarn and knitting supplies
  • Sewing notions
  • Vintage paper and photos, magazines (pre-1970s), maps
  • Office Supplies (no binders)
  • Small Toys (4 inches or smaller- plastic, wood, metal)
  • Puzzle, game pieces and playing cards
  • Beads and Jewelry making
  • Acrylic and craft paint
  • Wine and Champagne Cork
  • Film Canisters, photographic slides, film strips
  • Scissors, hole punches, paper, glue guns


What We Accept Itemized List

Need more details or have a specific item that you would like to donate, check out our What We Accept- Itemized List


Wish List

  • Blue Painter’s Tape
  • Sewing Machines
  • Cleaning Service
  • Chalk Ink Pens

Our wishlist contains items we need for daily operations but do not regularly collect from individuals, businesses or industrial suppliers.  


What We Cannot Accept

Generally, Austin Creative Reuse will not accept anything that has been exposed to mold, mildew, or pests, hazardous chemicals, poisons, and possible allergens such as peanuts or peanut products. Items may also be declined because they are too large or too numerous, have low reuse appeal, or are being “recalled” by their manufacturers.  

  • NO appliances
  • NO bedding
  • NO candles in glass or ceramic containers
  • NO cassette tapes or cases and VHS tapes or cases
  • NO clothing or parts of clothing
  • NO computers (we do accept keyboards and motherboards)
  • NO egg cartons, oatmeal containers or recyclable food containers
  • NO electronics (we do accept small electronics for crafting)
  • NO paint larger than 1 gallon
  • NO packing peanuts
  • NO potpourri
  • NO plush toys  (we do accept small toys (4 inches or smaller- plastic, wood, or metal), puzzles and board games)
  • NO prescription pill bottles or anything that contained medication
  • NO Shoe boxes
  • NO Styrofoam
  • NO toilet paper or paper towel rolls
  • NO toxic substances or anything that contained toxic substances
  • NO vases or glass containers without a lid
  • NO Christmas decorations (breakable ornaments, plastic green wreaths or trees, Christmas curios)


Other Donation Resources

Here are some additional great resources for making donations in Austin.


Business Donations

If you are a business and you would like to divert some material from the landfill, we are here to help! It can be remnants, cut-off, outdated material, unsold material, we’d like to hear what you have that could be creatively reused. We do provide a tax-deduction receipt for your donation. We are looking forward to hearing from you


Material collection drive

Running a collection drive for Austin Creative Reuse is really easy. If you have questions, you can contact us thru this form.

  1. Set a date and a duration for the collect. 
  2. Select the items to collect. Based on your audience and interest, you can choose to collect anything on our itemized list, or just a group of items like arts and crafts supplies
  3. Send out communication a few weeks in advance to have people start collecting at home and at work.
  4. Send out a reminder about the drive the Friday before.
  5. Place containers (large cardboard boxes work) in areas that are near employee cars and clearly label the containers.
  6. Collect materials as needed.IMG_3027
  7. Coordinate a time to drop off the collected items at ACR.
2005 Wheless Lane, Austin, TX 78723
Tel: (512) 375-3041