Goodwill Industries-Knoxville, Inc. has a huge recycling program.
I became aware of this recycling program a few months ago. I subscribe to the National Organization of Professional Organizers discussion board. There was a discussion about Goodwill Industries and the The Donate Movement, powered by Goodwill®. Until I read that post I was unaware that non-saleable items were in fact recycled by Goodwill Industries.
My horrible blunder
For years I have been throwing stained and ripped clothing in the trash which of course goes straight into the landfill. The worst part is that in my ignorance I have allowed and (cringe) encouraged many of you to do the same thing.
My immediate response to this horrible blunder was to find out if the Goodwill in Knoxville recycles too. I called them and yes they have a huge recycling program in place.
Elizabeth Nother, Executive Vice President of Goodwill Industries-Knoxville, Inc. was kind enough to take the time to answer some of my questions.
Not only does Goodwill recycle damaged clothing, they recycle all kinds of household goods. They even have a paper shredding service.
Now we can do the right thing
Non-saleable clothing and linens are recycled as mixed bails of rags. No more feeling guilty about donating one sock or even one shoe. The leather and rubber from the non-saleable shoes are recycled.
Household items that are not suitable for sale are separated by material and sold to recyclers (i.e. glass, plastics, etc), and they have a great recycling system in place for electronics.
You can click here to read the entire interview.
What impact do your donations make?
There is a very cool tool on the The Donate Movement, powered by Goodwill® website that will calculate your impact. You enter the number of bags or items that you have donated and the tool calculates your impact by giving an example of the service that the proceeds funded. Go here to check it out.
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