Environmental Initiatives

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

Goodwill is a leader in environmental initiatives and has been for more than 80 years. Following the practice of “reduce, reuse, recycle”, Goodwill:Goodwill's Mascot EDGAR is Educating that Donations to Goodwill Are Recyclable

  • Diverts millions of pounds from local landfills
  • Sells reusable items in retail stores
  • Generates critical revenue to support the mission through sales and recycling efforts

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.

Reduce

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

Reuse

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

Recycle

Goodwill is committed to making sure that 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 Operations 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
  • 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.