On today’s episode we hear from Nick Carlson, Director of Environmental Sustainability at Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids, who discusses how they recycle and resell donations.
Goodwill has been working on its Strategic Waste Reduction Initiative, which has reduced not only waste, but costs, as well. Since 2008, the company has seen a reduction in landfill costs by about 63%. Goodwill continuously receives donated items, which go through numerous phases of recycling in order to extract the highest value from the materials received. Gently used items are then sold at one of the 15 retail stores or 2 boutiques in the Greater Grand Rapids area or at shopgoodwill.com, an online site where customers can purchase items. The items that do not sell on either of these foundations are sent to the Goodwill retail store, where they can be bought in bulk. After this phase the leftover materials or sorted and sent out to other companies that will either reuse or recycle them.
Part of the mission of Goodwill is to put this saved revenue back into its workforce development program, which employs individuals and trains them to find employment. In addition, Goodwill is also working on reducing its carbon footprint. To learn more about Goodwill, go to www.goodwillgr.org.
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“A Watershed Moment” is a weekly radio program focused on environmental news and happenings in West Michigan, plus solutions for living a greener life. Broadcast on WYCE-FM 88.1 on Tuesdays at 8:30am and 5:30pm, this program is produced by Grand Rapids Community Media Center and West Michigan Environmental Action Council.