In a 15 month period, Goodwill's 8 area counties have recycled 292 tons of items.
Goodwill Industries of South Central Ohio is known for its used clothing stores and mission in helping those with disabilities or disadvantages; however, it also has a very productive recycling program. Executive Director Keith Alcorn says Goodwill is 92% landfill free as they recycle paper, cardboard, clothing, and shoes.
Bev Jefferies, who oversees Goodwill's Dell Reconnect participation, says Goodwill sent a 44,000-lbs load of personal computers and accessories for environmentally safe disposal in March.
Clothing that has not sold after 6 weeks on the rack are also recycled. Last year, 488 tons of clothes were recycled as wiping cloths and sold to companies such as Glatfelter, Horizon, contractors, and mechanics.
Goodwill also sends recyclables in 1,000-lbs bales to Africa, South Asia or following natural disasters and to organizations such as Unicef and Church Missions.
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