Last Chance Mercantile

Since 1991, we’ve hosted our reuse store Last Chance Mercantile (LCM). The LCM sells reusable goods that have been either been donated or salvaged. Annually, over 700 tons of material destined for the landfill are given a “last chance” when they are sold at the store.

We believe reuse is an important strategy to extend the life of products and reduce waste in our landfills. You can participate in reuse by donating used household items to the Last Chance Mercantile or scheduling a home curbside Bulky Item Collection through your recycling hauler.

The LCM offers an extensive inventory of one-of-a-kind items ranging from books to boats, scrap lumber to furniture, and clothing to household treasures. Shoppers can also find self-service landscape products, compost bins and supplies, free household paint and products, free electronic waste drop-off, and a CRV Bottle and Can Buy Back Center.

We are proud to have received the Monterey County Weekly Readers Poll as the Best Eco Friendly Business in Monterey County!

The CRV redemption center is located behind the Last Chance Mercantile and pays cash for beverage containers labeled “CRV Refund Value”. These include beverage containers for drinks such as soda, beer, water, etc. Please remove caps from containers before arriving at the redemption center to minimize containers contacting residual liquid.

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Rather than throwing away reusable goods, the LCM is the place to donate them. The LCM is not a 501(c)3 nonprofit, so tax donation receipts are not issued; however, by donating re-useable items our customers avoid the cost of disposal as their cast offs get a last chance at reuse.

Donations Received Behind the LCM:
Monday- Saturday, 9 a.m. -4p.m.

Sustainably produced landscape products including compost, soils, and wood chips are sold at the Last Chance Mercantile by the “self serve” bag. The products are great for use in either your landscape or for growing your own food. You purchase your bags at the LCM counter, and the staff will direct you to the product area behind the store. Read more about the products we sell.

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Electronic Waste Recycling

In accordance with California State law, electronic waste, known as e-waste, may not be disposed of in the trash. The program’s goal is to keep toxic material out of the Monterey Peninsula Landfill. Computer monitors and TVs with CRTs contain 5-8 lbs of lead, as well as mercury, arsenic, and other heavy metals and chemicals. Hazardous materials collected are disposed of safely, and plastic glass and metal components are recycled or reused.
e-Recycling of California, the Bay Area recycler we send e-waste to, has achieved a 98% recycling rate for electronic items. They assure that all media and information containing devices are destroyed and recycled following FACTA guidelines.

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You will find compost bins and supplies for home composting at the Last Chance Mercantile. There are  bins available for both backyard composting and vermicomposting.

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Reduce, Reuse and Recycle Today, our innovative program reuses or recycles nearly 60% of the incoming hazardous products collected from District residents. Since the majority of the household hazardous waste brought to the facility is still in its original container, and in reusable condition, the District makes these products available to the community at the Last Chance Mercantile. Products usually available include latex and oil-based paint products, cleaners and garden products. Most products are available FREE of charge.

Visual and Public Art (VPA) Program students at California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB) salvage material and create art the yard at Last Chance Mercantile each Spring.


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LCM Store & Buy Back Center

Store Hours:
Tuesday – Saturday
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Closed Sunday & Monday

Donations Received:
Monday- Saturday
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Buy Back Center Hours:
Monday – Friday
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.