Environmental Initiatives

Goodwill Environmental Initiatives Turn Things 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:

  • 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 2020, Goodwill Industries of the Valleys kept 11 million pounds out of landfills, in our 35 county, 14 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 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.


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.

To find out about Goodwill’s partnership with Dell to recycle computers and computer accessories click here.


EDGAR Educating that Donations to Goodwill Are Recyclable

You may have seen our mascot EDGAR around the community at a Goodwill Retail Store during special events such as Grand Openings. He also can be found on Goodwill Valley’s social media pages and on donation boxes around the community.

EDGAR stands for Educating that Donations to Goodwill Are Recyclable.

EDGAR has few important jobs here at Goodwill: teaching and helping people get back to work, educating people that donating to Goodwill is recycling, and helping keep our earth clean for generations to come!



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 2020, Goodwill:

  • served 63,078 youth, adults, and seniors who needed assistance getting back to work and gaining greater independence
  • placed 2,598 people into jobs in our community
  • helped individuals attain 6,321 industry recognized credentials that will allow them to be more competitive in their job search and to find higher paying employment