Goodwill Green

Goodwill Green

Did you know that by donating to Goodwill you’re also helping our planet?

Here’s how it happens:

Reduce: By making donating convenient and easy with 11 donation centers, we reduce the number of materials that would otherwise end up in landfills.

Reuse: We re-sell to sustainability-minded and bargain-driven shoppers in the community at our regular Goodwill retail stores and Goodwill AS IS outlet stores.

Recycle: What isn’t in a marketable condition, we disassemble and separate the materials that are in turn sold to reputable state recyclers or salvage buyers. This means more funding for our education, job placement, and job training programs!

From our inception in 1902, Goodwill has been a national pioneer and innovator of “green” business practices. Locally, Goodwill diverts more than 8 million pounds of household goods from local landfills by recovering the value in unwanted goods. In total, we recycle 30 categories of everyday items.

2018 Recycling Impact:
  • 2.5 million pounds of textiles
  • 511 thousand pounds of books
  • 11 thousand pounds of wood
  • 374 thousand pounds of mixed metal
  • 274 thousand pounds of shoes
  • 83 thousand pounds of plastic toys
  • 29 thousand pounds of stuffed animals

The above listing is just a small sampling of millions of unwanted items Goodwill kept out of area landfills in 2018.

We no longer accept E-waste recycling as of September 1, 2018, but a list of locations which will accept those items can be found here:
E-waste locations

Revenue from recycling efforts is significant for funding Goodwill job development programs and services to our program participants. So instead of tossing that single shoe you found under the bed with no mate, consider the impact donating an item to be recycled can make to someone using Goodwill career services!

Learn more about Goodwill’s National Donate Movement and calculate how much you personally kept out of landfills.