Goodwill publicizes recycling efforts, green efforts

— When Goodwill talks trash, it’s a good thing. The company recently highlighted its recycling efforts, publicizing the tons of recycled and reclaimed material it prevents from going into landfills every year.

“When people donate, shop or work at Goodwill, they set in motion a whole series of earth-friendly activities,” said Kathy Rometty, community relations manager for Goodwill Industries of Mid- Michigan, in a statement. “Each item donated or purchased at a Goodwill store means one less item thrown away — instant recycling — in addition to supporting our mission.”

In the past year, Goodwill Industries of Mid-Michigan employees have kept 4,772,798 pounds of textiles from going into landfills, along with 100,874 pounds of paired shoes; 218,051 pounds of toys; 623,510 pounds of metal; 555,625 pounds of books; and 362,660 pounds of cardboard. Employees also have sent 1,300,000 pounds of computers through the Dell Reconnect Program.

“In the next few weeks, in an effort to be greener, the cafeteria at the Averill location will transition from Styrofoam and paper products to using more glass and ceramic dishware. The transition is expected to conserve money, space, resources and energy,” Rometty said. “The reusable dishware will come mostly from donations, which will be sanitized to Health Department standards.”

As a company-wide special, every item in every store will be half price on Oct. 30, no exceptions. Details: Visit

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