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Green Encinitas

Community Resource Center (CRC), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit which provides families in need and victims of domestic violence with safety, stability, and a path to self-sufficiency, is using their thrift stores as a means to make green strides within the Encinitas and Carlsbad communities.

CRC has joined forces with I Love A Green California to offer electronic donation recycling at the CRC thrift store and donation center locations. Electronic recycling drop off is free to everyone and anything that plugs in or runs on batteries – working and non-working – will be accepted (large appliances, light bulbs, alkaline batteries, and smoke detectors will not be accepted).

“Thanks to our collaborative and fruitful partnership with I Love A Green California we can accept a greater variety of items from our supporters and prevent them from going into landfills,” said Chief Executive Officer of CRC Paul Thompson.

In other green efforts, rather than purchasing grocery bags, CRC asks for donations of reusable condition plastic and paper grocery bags for use in the stores. This not only reduces waste, but also saves money that would have been spent on bags for CRC’s comprehensive social services and domestic violence prevention and intervention programs.

CRC thrift stores offer bargains and treasures on a variety items including clothing, designer items, furniture, collectibles, housewares, and much more. Donations of gently used items are gratefully accepted and pick-up is available for furniture and other large items. For thrift store locations and information visit