OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — A new year is often a new start for some people and organizing your living space is one way to rejuvenate. Here in the metro area, you can de-clutter while helping out the environment.
The Goodwill of Omaha has a recycling program as part of its corporate initiative.
They recycle five million pounds of clothing each year. Keeping these items out of our landfills and helping protect our environment.
Recycling has become more of a hot topic in recent times. But still, fewer than 35% of households and 10% of businesses recycle.
Despite that, Goodwill has seen a steady increase in its recycling program every year.
Most people think that when donating to Goodwill the items should be in useable condition. While that is true for items to be re-sold for those in need, they take items in not so great condition for their recycling program. The items are re-purposed and sometimes even sent to other countries for them to use as needed.
“The community knows about our store, donating and shopping, but they don't know what happens on the back end and all of the recycling that we do to help the environment,” said Janelle Ellis, retail operations director for the Goodwill of Omaha.
They also take old computers, printers, phones, games and all sorts of electronics, taking in about 100 thousand pounds a year. If you are looking to purchase a computer or type of electronic, they also have a recycled computer store.
Goodwill also accepts and recycles books, shoes and metal.