Good Choice Initiative



Little Free Libraries: a place to take or leave a book; search Little Free Library Ottawa on Google for a list of LFL that are registered.

Bottles & Cans

Operation Come Home’s BottleWorks is a social enterprise that employs at-risk youth to collect empty alcohol bottles and cans from local Ottawa establishments.

Take your empty liquor, wine, beer and craft beer bottles to the drop-off depot at 150 Gloucester St.


The Debra Dynes Family House is a community resource centre in a low-income social housing area, always in need of clothing (and food stuffs, services and various pieces of equipment). See their list of ongoing needs. 

Dress for Success is a place to donate your lightly used, preloved clothes to someone who will be given the opportunity of leaving a good impression when they go to their next interview.

Crayola Markers

Crayola’s ColorCycle is an an initiative for students in K-12 schools across parts of Canada that collects and re-purposes used Crayola markers.


Earthub partners with Ottawa restaurants to repurpose their crayons and donate them to the Debra Dynes Family House community resource centre. 

Empty pop cans, bottles, electronics & e-waste

Empties for Paws: allows you to donate your empty pop cans, empties, electronics or e-waste to help support animals’ well being. Visit their website here

Mascara wands

Project Wild Wands Canada: a place to donate your cleaned mascara wands to be reused in wildlife centres when caring for animals


The University of Ottawa has partnered with Terra Cycle to provide recycling bins in the Morisset Library and across campus. 


Soles 4 Souls: donate your shoes which will be given to someone in need worldwide

Sports equipment

Cubacan Kids: a non-profit grassroots organization in the Ottawa Valley that welcome donations of used sports equipment and gear, which are sent to children and youth in Cuba.  

See their list of accepted items here.

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