JOIN US FOR THE GIVE 4 GOOD CHALLENGE!

IT’S SO EASY TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Mark your items as recycled, or click to download this tag.

THANK YOU FOR BEING PART OF GIVE 4 GOOD!

Help us reach our goal of collecting a million pounds of tagged recycling by the end of 2024! Mark your bag or box as recyclable, or use the provided Goodwill tag and drop it off at any Goodwill location. We are collecting four items through this challenge: Clothing (Including shoes), Metals, Electronics, and Books.

 

 

 

Here are some items you might not have realized Goodwill can recycle for you.

  • Single socks
  • Any Shoes
  • Dented or scorched pots and pans
  • Your computer tower that still has Windows 7 on it
  • Stained or torn clothing
  • Ripped and torn books

TEXTILE POLLUTION IS PILING UP

Have you ever thought to yourself, ‘Why do my clothes wear out so quickly?’ If so, you have probably been a victim of “fast fashion.”

Fast fashion is characterized by inexpensive trendy clothes, cheap synthetic fabrics, and disposable clothing designed to last a season, not a lifetime.

But what does that mean for our environment and our landfill? In this video, you’ll learn more about the long-term effects of this fleeting trend.

 

COLLECTING TEXTILES

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), an estimated 11.3 million tons of textile waste are discarded annually in the United States. Unfortunately, those textiles can take up to 200 years to decompose in a landfill, and as they break down, they emit toxic methane, a greenhouse gas. In fact, the EPA reports textiles are one of the fastest-growing categories in the waste stream.

But there’s a better way! Here at Goodwill, we take our responsibility to seriously maximize the impact of each donation made by our community. Therefore, we strive to ensure that each item we receive is resold, reused, or recycled.

We are telling our community, “Goodwill, not Landfill” If you have ever felt guilty for throwing away tattered towels, old bedding, stained shirts, or ripped jeans – We’re here to help! By collaborating with our community in our first-ever Give Four Good Textile Collection & Recycling Challenge. Can we count on you to accept the challenge?

WHAT HAPPENS TO A DONATION MADE TO GOODWILL?

ITEMS ARE DONATED

Step 1: Items are donated to our Goodwill Omaha locations.

 

 

 

AVAILABLE IN STORES

Step 2: We sell those donations in our stores or send them to our e-commerce site, ShopGoodwill.

 

 

 

OFF TO OUTLET

Step 3: Items that aren’t sold in our retail stores are sent to the Outlet location, where they are sold by the pound.

 

 

 

RECYCLED & SALVAGED

Step 4: The items that don’t get purchased at our Outlet location are sent back to our warehouse to get sorted for recycling and salvage.