Material Donations

RAFT is about innovation and creativity – so many things destined for landfills can be repurposed into learning activities.


Material Donation Guidelines: Companies

Donating materials to RAFT is easy:

The truth is, it’s often the most unusual items that spark the most creative hands-on learning ideas.  However, we serve hundreds of thousands of students so we need large quantities!  To find out whether your unwanted items could help hands-on learning happen, just take the first step and . . .

1. Contact us to see if your materials are appropriate

Please email a description or photo to  Examples of items we take include: manufacturing and packaging materials (we especially love cornstarch packing peanuts); manufacturing surplus, such as plexiglass, rubber and vinyl; binder and paper clips; fabric and foam remnants; promotional and party items; hardware supplies; wire and magnets; CDs and CD jewel cases; bottle caps and corks; containers, cores and tubes; and restaurant supplies.

2. Schedule a Pick-up …

If you have enough materials to fill an SUV or a pallet, we can arrange to pick them up for free in the metro area; otherwise, we will ask you to drop them off during business hours.

3. Enjoy the Benefits!

Enjoy the knowledge that you are helping kids learn, keeping stuff out of the landfill, saving money on disposal costs, and (if your accountant says it’s okay) getting a tax break — our federal tax identification number is 26-2455607.

Material Donation Guidelines: Households

Generally speaking, RAFT is looking for large quantities of the same types of materials.  We have limited space and people for sorting, so are only able to accept the following items from individuals:

  • Corks
  • Bottle Caps
  • Binder Clips
  • Jewel Cases
  • CDs
  • Slide carousels

Thank you!

Items We Do Not Accept:

  • Dirty, hazardous or contaminated items
  • Containers that once held vitamins or medications
  • Containers that once held soap, bleach or petroleum products
  • Sharp items, such as needles or metal/glass fragments
  • Office Furniture
  • Household items, such as clothes, appliances, or housewares
  • Computer equipment
  • Textbooks / Teacher Resource Books
  • Two-dimensional, homemade teaching materials


Material  Donor Superstars (500+ cubic feet)

Aurora Public Schools | Ball Corporation | B Logistics | Boulder Valley School District | CHB Capital Partners | Colorado Container Corporation/Packaging Corp. | Colorado Convention Center | Colorado Department of Labor and Employment | Colorado Historical Society | Columbine Paper | Columbine Specialty Products | Cooper Tea | Denver Art Museum | Denver Center for the Performing Arts | Denver Christian Schools | DIA | Denver Museum of Nature and Science | DIPCO | DPS Science Resource Center | Elements | Frederic Printing Company | Graebel Companies | Grape Expectations | Great White Batting | Hunter Douglas | IKEA Centennial | Klutz | KODO Kids LLP | Lockheed Martin Space Systems | MDCA | MGMA | Miller Coors | Packaging Corp | Piedmont Plastics | Providers Resource Clearinghouse | RR Donnelly | Sohgave, LLC | SparkFun | Stanley British Primary Schools | Tables Restaurant | Terumo BCT | Thule Organization Solutions | University of Colorado Health Sciences Center | Visit Denver | Walmart | Whole Foods | Zero Landfill



Financial Donations?