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Your business is upgrading its computer network and you wonder what to do with the computers you’ll be replacing. Or perhaps you’re moving to another state and you don’t want to lug along your bookshelves. Or maybe you’re just tired of looking at that drawer full of corks you’ve saved from recycled wine bottles. How can you get rid of goods you no longer want without adding to our overflowing landfills? You can list them for donation on Throwplace.com.

Throwplace.com is a website where surplus inventory and possessions can be listed for donation to those who need them. Those who developed the site have two goals. First, they aim to assist in the “philanthropic redistribution of society’s excess.” Second, they hope to facilitate recycling in both the consumer and business sectors.

Throwplace.com helps those with unwanted goods find those who need them. How does this process work? Visitors to the site have the option of “throwing” or “taking” items. Donors who choose to “throw” their excess goods do so at no cost. An item is “thrown” when it is listed on the site, and donors may list their donations in one of three categories: charity, business, or up-for-grabs.

Items listed in the “charity” section of the website may be “taken” only by charities/nonprofits such as schools, libraries, churches, and community organizations. Only IRS recognized 501(c)(3) organizations may select items listed here, and nonprofits that receive items must provide donors with a tax-deductible receipt. While nonprofits pay no monthly subscription fee to use Throwplace.com, they are only allowed five free “takes” per month. Beyond these five “takes,” Throwplace.com charges a nominal fee for each additional item a charity or nonprofit claims per month; this policy is designed to encourage a fair distribution of goods.

Donations listed in the “business” section of Throwplace.com may be claimed by individuals and businesses that subscribe to the site. Registered businesses pay a monthly subscription fee ranging between $15 and $50 based on the annual revenue of the company. Individuals who register to “take” from the “business” section of the site pay a monthly subscription fee of $10.

Goods listed in the “up-for-grabs” section of the website may be claimed by any registered user of the site (charities, businesses, or individuals) at no charge. Items listed recently on the website include a queen size sofa bed (listed in “up-for-grabs”), a wooden swing set (listed in “charity”), and a cell phone set (listed in “business”).

Throwplace.com helps ensure that the donating/receiving process runs smoothly. The site tracks participant behavior, noting which charities fail to provide donors with a receipt, which recipients fail to arrange shipping or pickup, and which donors fail to supply promised goods. Poor behavior on the part of participants might result in loss of their user privileges.

The creators of Throwplace.com hope that their site will become “a positive force in the battle against overflowing landfills while offering much needed materials to low income individuals.”

Contact Group: Throwplace Ltd.

Address: 1042 Wisconsin Avenue
Washington, DC 20007

Phone: 202-338-4110 ext. 100

Email: info@throwplace.com

Web site: www.throwplace.com