Recycling Your Donations: Salvage Efforts at Goodwill

 
by Lauren Robinson, Seattle Goodwill
December 14, 2012
 

What happens to a product if we can’t sell it in our stores? We try to salvage it!

Salvage is an integral part of our operation at Seattle Goodwill.  If an item doesn’t get sold at our retail stores, it has one more chance to be sold by the pound at our Seattle and Everett outlets.  We then recycle as much material as possible from the items left over at the outlets, keeping huge amounts of waste out of our landfills.

In 2012 our salvage operation was so successful, we diverted nearly 36 million pounds of material from landfills.

“We set an example of how you can recycle and prevent our landfills from filling up,” notes Randy Strong, Seattle Goodwill’s Director  of Transportation.  Some of the items we recycle include luggage, shoes, computers, plastics and metals.  We take pride in being the best possible stewards of the goods the community so generously donates to us, and our salvage operation allows us to do just that, even after the goods leave our stores.

DonorNot only is our salvage operation environmentally responsible, but it also helps generate even more funding for our job training and education programs, which are offered at no cost to those in need in the community.  “In order to serve as many people as possible, we have to find new ways to create revenue from what many people think is garbage,” says Randy.  “By being involved in the salvage business, we’re able to help our job training and education programs continue to grow.”

So the next time you donate to Goodwill, know that those items you no longer need will be put to good use, helping us help others as well as the environment.


 

Lauren Robinson is the Digital Communications Coordinator at Seattle Goodwill.

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