If you're wanting to make 2019 clutter-free, we're here to help.
Sift your closets, sort your garage and then give your cast-offs to someone who wants them. Plenty of organizations around Tucson will take your donations, giving you a blank canvas for a new year.
You probably already know about Goodwill Industries of Southern Arizona and Salvation Army thrift stores, which will both accept a huge variety of clothing and household goods (visit goodwillsouthernaz.org and salvationarmytucson.org/family-thrift-stores for more info).
Start there or get more specific. Some options help good causes, others will get you some cash or store credit.
We also suggest bookmarking Tucson Clean and Beautiful's massive recycling directory, which lists dozens of places to recycle just about anything.
First, the obvious. If you've got a live tree that needs to go, remove all of the decorations, including the stand, and haul it to one of the city of Tucson's "TreeCycle" collection spots through Monday, Jan. 14 during daylight hours, unless noted otherwise. The city will grind the trees to make wood chips available to the public at Los Reales Landfill, 5300 E. Los Reales Road, after Wednesday, Jan. 2.
Here's where you can take your tree:
• Naranja Park in Oro Valley, 810 W. Naranja Drive — this one is only open through Monday, Jan. 7.
• Golf Links Sports Complex, 2400 S. Craycroft Road — 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Tucson Rodeo Grounds, on Third Avenue, north of Irvington Road.
• Los Reales Landfill, 5300 E. Los Reales Road — 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
• Silverbell Site, northeast corner of Silverbell Road and Goret Road.
• Purple Heart Park, 10050 E. Rita Road.
• Randolph Golf Course, 600 S. Alvernon Way.
• Tank's Roll Off and Recycling, 7301 E. Speedway — 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Visit tucsonaz.gov/treecycle for updated information.
Because fats, oils and grease can wreak havoc on pipes if you pour them down the drain, Pima County's Wastewater Reclamation department wants to help you prevent sewer backups.
Bring leftover grease to one of these locations from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5 and it will be recycled into biodiesel, a burning fuel cleaner than regular diesel. Bring your grease to these locations:
• O'Reilly Chevrolet, 6160 E. Broadway.
• City Council Ward 3 Office, 1510 E. Grant Road.
• Pima Community College's Northwest Campus, 7600 N. Shannon Road.
• Kino Sports Complex, 2500 E. Ajo Way.
• Sahuarita Town Hall Municipal Complex, 375 W. Sahuarita Center Way.
• Pima Community College West Campus, 2202 W. Anklam Road.
You an also recycle grease throughout the year at Agua Nueva Water Reclamation facility, 2947 W. Calle Agua Nueva 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Friday.
Click here for more information.
Brush and Bulky
City of Tucson neighborhoods have brush and bulky pickup twice a year. When it's your neighborhood's turn, you can leave brush, branches and other green waste on the curb. Plus, scrap metal, furniture, car doors, etc. Go here for the complete list of what they will and will not pick up. You can also call 791-3171 or submit a form for a brush and bulky pickup at any time. Fees apply. The earliest scheduled pick up this year is Monday, Jan. 7 for neighborhoods north of Grant Road, mostly south of River Road and around First Avenue. Go here for the complete map and schedule because you will no longer get a paper tag on your door with the dates.
Books, CDS, DVDS
Pima County Public Library: Donate your books, CDs and DVDs to the Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone Ave., or a nearby branch. You might want to call smaller branches in advance to make sure they can accommodate larger collections. You can also donate to the Friends of the Pima County Public Library for their book sales, which support library programs. Take your books to the Friends at 2230 N. Country Club Road 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Saturday. Visit library.pima.gov/supporting-the-library or call 795-3763 for more information.
Literacy Connects: This local nonprofit promotes literacy and will take your new or gently-used books for children and young learners. Bring them to 200 E. Yavapai Road when open. Click here for a list of genres on the nonprofit's wish list. For more information, visit literacyconnects.org or call 882-8006.
Bookmans: Take your media to Bookmans for store credit or cash. What they buy from you is based on current stock, condition and demand. No appointment is necessary.
• Midtown, 3330 E. Speedway, 325-5767.
• Northwest, 3733 W. Ina Road, 579-0303.
• East, 6230 E. Speedway, 748-9555.
Visit bookmans.com for more information.
Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse: Donate working cell phones (and chargers) to Emerge to help people in domestic abuse situations. Even though the phones no longer have service or data, the phones can still call 911, providing victims a lifeline. Take your phone to the administrative office at 2545 E. Adams St. when open. Visit emergecenter.org or call 795-8001 for more information.
Best Buy: You might be able to trade in your phone (or other electronic device) for store credit or just drop it off and Best Buy will recycle it and deal with the hazardous materials responsibly. Visit stores.bestbuy.com to find your nearest location.
Verizon, Sprint, AT&T, T-Mobile: Most cell phone stores will properly recycle your old phone. You may even get some trade-in credit.
Computers, printers, TVs, etc.
RISE Equipment Recycling Center: A subsidiary of the local nonprofit COPE Community Services, Inc. (which helps people with behavioral, physical and mental health and substance abuse recovery), the center refurbishes your working and nonworking electronics and sells them at discounted rates to other nonprofits, their clients and low-income Tucsonans. Note: They don't accept cathode ray tube televisions and monitors, or large appliances. Donate to 1134 S. Park Ave. or call 623-7162. For more information and hours, visit riseequipmentrecycling.org.
World Care: This local humanitarian aid organization collects your surplus to help people locally and internationally. They'll recycle and reuse your old electronics and other household items (no old appliances). Call 514-1588 or check worldcare.org for hours.
Best Buy: Again, they'll take your tablets, computers, cameras, some TVs and other used devices. Check here to see a complete list.
Paint, vehicle fluids, cleaning supplies, batteries
Household Hazardous Waste: This Tucson program will take care of chemicals, batteries and all kinds of items considered hazardous, poisonous or toxic. For a complete list, visit tucsonaz.gov/es/hhw-list. It's free to drop off if you live in Tucson, but there's a small fee for residents outside of city limits. Drop off regularly at 2440 W. Sweetwater Drive, Friday mornings and at Los Reales Landfill, 5300 E. Los Reales Road, Monday through Saturday. Check tucsonaz.gov/es/household-hazardous-waste for specific hours and updated information.
ReStore: Connected to TMM Family Services, Inc., which serves at-risk children, families and seniors, the store recycles and sells usable building materials, including paint (just make sure you have more than half the can still in there), lighting and flooring. Drop off 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at 2958 E. 22nd Street. You can also schedule a free pickup. Visit tmmfs.org or call 326-1936 for more information.
Leftover motor oil
Autozone: Most Autozone stores recycle old motor oil and batteries. Visit autozone.com to find locations.
O'Reilly Autoparts: Bring motor oil, batteries and other auto fluids for recycling. Visit oreillyauto.com to find locations.
Many other auto shops also have oil recycling programs.
HabiStore: Affiliated with Habitat for Humanity Tucson. Schedule a pickup or drop off your donations at 935 W. Grant Road 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Click here for a list of what the store will and will not take. Call 230-5323 or visit habitattucson.org/habistore for more information.
Casa de los Niños: This local nonprofit helps families and children with abuse and neglect situations. Their thrift store at 1302 E. Prince Road supports that mission. Call 325-2573 or visit casadelosninos.org for hours and more information.
Your Sister's Closet: This program of the YWCA Southern Arizona, 525 N. Bonita Ave., provides professional clothes to Tucson women who need the clothing (and accessories and shoes) to ace that job interview. Visit ywcatucson.org or call 884-7810 for hours and more information.
Gospel Rescue Mission: With multiple shelters for men, women and children, your clothing goes directly to those in need. Drop off at the Women and Children's Shelter, 707 W. Miracle Mile, or the Men's Center, 312 W. 28th St. anytime. Visit grmtucson.com/drop-off-locations for more information.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tucson: Donate clothing and household goods and support the local mentoring program. Donations are sold to local Savers and support the program. There are lots of places you can drop off clothes (or have them picked up), so visit tucsonbigspickup.org for specific locations.
Buffalo Exchange: Sell your gently-used clothing for cash or store credit any time the store is open. The store at 2001 E. Speedway is open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. Visit buffaloexchange.com or call 795-0508 for more information.
School districts: Some school districts have clothing banks that supply clothing to students and their families. Learn more about resources centers with Tucson Unified School District, Flowing Wells Unified School District and the Amphi Foundation. Check out this story for more information on other districts.
Treasures4Teachers of Tucson: A resource center for local teachers needing classroom or crafting supplies. Here's a list of what they're looking for — everything from bottle caps to old magazines. Drop stuff off at 6800 N. Camino Martin Suite 124 2 to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Call 425-3956 to make sure someone is there before you go and make sure you go at least 30 minutes before close. Visit t4teachers.org for more information.
Still got stuff leftover?
Head to the Woods Memorial Library, 3455 N. First Ave., 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, January 12 for a Freecycle Swap and Shred. Bring cast-offs to trade (no large objects) or papers to shred. Please donate to Lend A Hand Senior Assistance if you have more than one box to shred. And bring no more than three boxes.
Visit the Facebook event for more information.
Editor's note: We ran a version of this story in 2018 but this one is updated for 2019.