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 of unwanted goods. In total, we recycle 30 categories of everyday items.
2019 Recycling Impact:
- 4.8-million pounds of textiles
- 540-thousand pounds of books
- 48-thousand pounds of dog blankets (donated to humane societies)
- 459-thousand pounds of mixed metal
- 216-thousand pounds of shoes
- 84-thousand pounds of plastic toys
- 34-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 2019.
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:
Revenue from recycling efforts is significant for funding Goodwill job development programs and services to our program participants.
Learn more about Goodwill’s National Donate Movement and calculate how much you personally kept out of landfills.