The Depot announces major changes

The Depot, in partnership with Hubbard County Developmental Achievement Center (HCDAC), announces significant changes to its operations in response to shifting consumer trends and the increasing importance of environmental sustainability.

For more than a decade, HCDAC and The Depot have been committed to reducing landfill waste by repurposing and selling donated items. However, the changing times and financial viability necessitate an adjustment in operations.

The Depot recognizes the shift toward minimalism and green living among younger consumers, leading to a decrease in used furniture sales. Meanwhile, donations continue to pour in, and the costs associated with transporting, storing and disposing of unsold items are on the rise.

In response to these challenges, The Depot is expanding its programming options and focusing on items that sell. The Depot will continue to offer classes on using tools, woodworking, welding, metalwork and other arts, providing skill-building opportunities for individuals to use in the workforce or to create items for sale.

In addition, The Depot announces a partnership with the Hubbard County Solid Waste Department. Starting Feb. 5, the county launched a reuse center to further reduce waste heading to the landfill. This partnership aligns perfectly with The Depot’s mission and provides an opportunity to transition out of some furniture sales.

The Depot will continue to accept donations of many items and will gratefully accept donations on the accepted items list. The Depot will also continue to sell antiques and collectibles at The Depot and on eBay to support HCDAC programming.

From now on, The Depot will be unable to accept items such as sleeper sofas, couches and chairs showing signs of wear or outdated styles, bulky entertainment centers, ellipticals, treadmills, full body weight machines, individual dining room chairs and hutches. But don’t worry, staff will carefully assess the salability of each donation. Depending on the condition and appeal of the item, staff will either accept it or reroute it to the Hubbard County Reuse Center for a second chance at finding a new home.

The Depot is also introducing a pick-up service for individuals unable to transport items to the solid waste center or The Depot. This service will be available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please call the store to schedule a pick-up.

Furthermore, The Depot is looking to build relationships with local contractors to provide pick-up services for appliances and construction materials, offering a drop-off option. This initiative aims to reduce disposal costs, provide a year-end tax break, and keep items out of the waste stream.

The Depot is excited about these changes and looks forward to continuing to serve our community in new and innovative ways.

About The Depot

The Depot, in partnership with HCDAC, is a non-profit organization committed to reducing landfill waste by repurposing and selling donated items. The Depot provides financial support for valuable programming and employment opportunities for adults with disabilities and pervasive mental illness.

For more information, please contact Candy Christensen, Marketing/Communications, at cchristensen@hcdac.org.