Goodwill Recycles on America Recycles Day, and Beyond!

Recycling Cube

11.13.2015

We make America Recycles Day a year-round event

Saturday, November 14 is America Recycles Day! What can YOU recycle? That’s a question we ask ourselves every day at Goodwill Central Texas. What happens to donations that aren’t sold in our stores? What if the donated goods aren’t usable? Aside from our own goods, how are other businesses dealing with this issue?

Recycling through Dell Reconnect & Computer Works

Dell Employees, hard at work recycling electronics!

Dell Employees, hard at work recycling electronics!

In partnership with Dell Reconnect®, Goodwill receives donated computers, electronics and accessories to recycle or reuse every day! This week, Dell employees were encouraged to recycle their old electronics, and they gathered a total of 4,746 pounds of electronics in just one day! Our specially trained staff will now inspect each item, break down the unusable pieces, and refurbish the others. The refurbished computers will then be sold through Goodwill Computer Works, either in the retail store or shopaustingoodwill.org. Of course, when electronics can’t be resold, they are recycled! Our integrated electronic recycling diverts more than 285 tons of electronic waste from landfills every month. Now that’s electrifying!

boxes of electronics

As a result of asking that question, Goodwill Central Texas is now one of the largest recyclers in Central Texas. Not only do we recycle unusable donor goods, we meet the growing needs of businesses, government agencies, and local organizations to up-cycle and properly recycle items no longer needed.
donations

Just as we are good stewards of our donations, we are good stewards of the earth! Preserving the Central Texas landscape is just one more way we’re working together to strengthen our community. In 2014 alone, we diverted almost 29 million pounds from landfills. The hub of our recycling activity is the Goodwill Resource Center, measuring in at 124,000 square feet. It’s perfect for handling large scale recycling and repurposing projects for businesses such as Dell, Seton Healthcare Family, and the City of Austin to meet their green initiatives and recycling needs.

Get the word out!

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#AmericaRecyclesDay

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