Environmental Initiatives

Goodwill Environmental Initiatives Turn Things That You No Longer Need Into New Opportunities

Goodwill Industries of the Valleys has been a leader in environmental initiatives and recycling efforts for over 80 years. Following the practice of “reduce, reuse, recycle”, Goodwill has diverted millions of pounds from local landfills, sold reusable items in our retail stores, and created critical revenue to support the mission of helping people in our community find work and gain greater independence. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle at Goodwill and help your community.

When a donation cannot be sold in a Goodwill store every effort is made to keep it out of local landfills through salvage and recycling efforts. Through the Reconnect program, a partnership with Dell, Goodwill recycles computers and computer related equipment of any brand and in any condition. Learn more about the Dell Reconnect program.

In 2016, Goodwill Industries of the Valleys kept over 14.2 million pounds out of landfills, in our 31 county and 13 city service area in Virginia.


By making donating and recycling easy, Goodwill helps to reduce the amount of materials that would otherwise end up in local landfills.


Goodwill sells your gently used donations in stores at affordable prices and gives them a second life. When shopping at Goodwill, you not only help the environment, but also support training and employment programs that help people in our community get back to work.


Goodwill is committed to making sure that all donations that have reached the end of their useful life are recycled in an environmentally friendly manner, thus preventing them from ending up in local landfills. This is especially important for electronics, computers, or small appliances that no longer work and potentially contain hazardous materials.

It’s not just the environment that benefits.

Proceeds from Goodwill’s Donated Goods Operation support the mission of helping people find jobs and become more self-sufficient. In 2016, Goodwill served 45,632 youth, adults, and seniors who needed assistance getting back to work and gaining greater independence, placed 4,067 people into jobs in our community, and helped individuals attain 1,335 industry recognized credentials that will allow them to be more competitive in their job search and to find higher paying employment.