Fall Clean Up: Erie Events Where You can Donate Household Items

Reuse Fest returns Sept. 11

By Kara Murphy September 2, 2021

After a summer of mess, the return of kids to school always makes me feel like getting the house clean and uncluttered. So I was glad to see a number of upcoming events where I can donate everything from clothing to books. So it's time to clean out the garage…the basement…the overflowing closets throughout the house.

Reuse Fest

10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 11

The Pennsylvania Resources Council’s “ReuseFest” – a one-of-a-kind drop-off event for gently used materials destined for reuse by numerous local nonprofit organizations – will accept a wide variety of materials including bedding/bath, clothing, furniture, kitchen items, medical supplies, usable building materials and more.

 PRC’s 3rd annual “ReuseFest” in Erie will take place on Saturday, September 11, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the parking lot of UPMC Health Plan, 380 E. Bayfront Pkwy.

“This one-of-a-kind collection event provides area residents with an opportunity to conveniently donate a variety of unwanted but still usable items to multiple local nonprofits at one location,” according to PRC Recycling Operations Specialist Josh Schuneman.  “All materials donated at ReuseFest will be reused in some fashion, whether resold, repurposed or given to those in need in our region.”

 Nonprofits collecting materials at the September 11 event will include Chosen International Medical Assistance, Dress for Success Erie, Erie City Mission, Greater Erie Area Habitat for Humanity and Green Scene Thrift. 

In addition, GLASS RECYCLING: PRC, in partnership with Bayfront Glass, will collect all colors of glass bottles, jars and jugs at this event, While there is no need to separate colors of glass, all caps and lids should be removed.

For a complete list of participating organizations and materials collected, visit  

Greene Township Book Donation Drop Off

Donate books to the Greene Township Annual Book Sale! Book donation dates are:

  • Aug. 28, 7-10 a.m.
  • Sept. 2, 6-9 p.m.
  • Sept. 4 7-10 a.m.

The book sale itself will take place Sept. 18.

No encyclopedias, dictionaries or text books please. Puzzles are welcome. 

Drive-Thru Book Drive at Blasco Library

10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Sept. 18

Drive-thru the Friends Of the Erie County Librarycontact-less book drive and get rid of all the books/CDs/ DVDs/ Puzzles you've been saving during the pandemic!

Please donate only items in good working condition. No encyclopedias, readers digests, textbooks, magazines, VHS, or cassettes will be accepted.

Drop-off located on the East side of Blasco Library off of Holland Street. 

Other great places to donate in Erie County: