Recycling & Sustainability

Thanks to our shoppers and donors, Goodwill of the Olympics and Rainier region kept 86 million pounds of of household goods out of the landfill in 2017.

Recycle – Reuse – Repurpose

donation cycle

The infographic takes you through the life cycle of  your donation – from the initial donation to creating job training programs and putting people back to work.  Goodwill strives to  generate the most revenue from your donations by distributing your items across a variety of retail venues – online bidding for high end, unique and vintage donations, boutiques for top name and designer apparel brands and home decor, and main retail stores for every-day clothes, furnishings, electronics, kitchenware, toys, books, decor and more. What doesn’t sell at these venues eventually ends up at our outlet stores where goods are given one last chance to sell by the pound.

Our outlet locations double as recycling facilities where our teams sort, bundle and distribute the unsold goods.  We are able to recycle nearly everything we collect; paper for pulp, clothing for rags, glass for counter tops – even metal, electrical cords and light strings.  We also work with local recycling programs like eCycle Washington to keep electronic waste out of landfills.  Textiles are also sold on the international market and can also provide funding for programs too.


Torn or stained apparel, linens, single shoes, gloves and socks were once considered garbage. Goodwill, the original recycler, accepts ALL textile donations, in any condition (except wet or contaminated with hazardous materials) so they can be re-used or recycled into new products.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that textile waste accounts for nearly 5% of all landfill space. Recyclers like Goodwill keep approximately 3.8 billion pounds of post-consumer textile waste (PCTW) out of the landfills. On average, US citizens throw away about 70 pounds of clothing and other textiles each year. The Facts About Textile Waste

So now when you drop off your donations to Goodwill, include those mismatched socks, old, tired sheets and worn shoes, because you are doing your part to keep unnecessary waste out of the landfill.

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