Good but unwanted furniture and clothes can’t just end up in the garbage! Some suggestions for recycling:
Two charitable French associations will gladly welcome your household items, books, toys and clothes as long as they are in good, working condition. The groups will even schedule a pick up at your home for big pieces such as sofas or refrigerators. The local chapter of Emmaus is near Annemasse, in Cranves-Sales. On the other side of the lake, visit AGCR, 129 rue Tiocan, 01630 Saint Genis Pouilly, +33 4 50 28 20 50.
The Pays de Gex Red Cross, in Prevessin, will also take clothes, children books, toys and tableware but can only receive small furniture (side tables, cribs). No home pick up. These places are also a good resource for buying second-hand items, now that your donation has made room at home!
You can start by asking your commune, as there are several small private charities and the communal office will know about them. In St Prex, canton Vaud for example, a shop and drop-off called L’Escalade donates goods and cash to a number of local charities.
The Protestant social services in a number of towns have boutiques, pickup or dropoff services. Beware that they don’t always take stuff if it isn’t in good shape. Lausanne and Geneva have large services. Also check out two of Laila Rodriguez’s posts on GenevaLiving: