Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth, Inc. announced today the launch of a new recycling initiative for unsellable donations.

Items that do not sell in Goodwill’s 20 area store locations are now broken down into commodities including metals, cardboard, paper and other recyclable goods that will be recycled. 

“We have always promoted green practices and strive to maximize the value of donations we receive from the community,” said David Cox, president & CEO of Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth. “If there is a way to keep an item out of the landfill, we do it – whether by recycling or reusing it.” 

Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth receives 21 million pounds of donations annually, goods which might otherwise end up in landfills. “We were green before green was cool,” said Beth Reneau, director of donated goods. “Now we’re taking it to the next level with the new recycling initiative. Eventually we don’t want to even say the word ‘trash’." 

Along with the impressive local environmental benefits, Goodwill’s retail stores help fund a number of community job training and placement programs that help thousands of Tarrant County residents every year.

Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth also accepts donations of computers and electronics. Goodwill’s Computer Works Program tests all computers donated and any computer that works is resold in the Computer Works location on Campus Drive. Those that don’t are disassembled and are responsibly recycled, keeping computer parts out of landfills.

Goodwill of Fort Worth promotes recycling year-round by providing an outlet for unwanted goods to be donated and providing stores for customers to purchase quality items at discounted prices. For more information, and a full list of donation centers, please visit http://www.goodwillfortworth.org/donate/find-a-donation-center/.

About Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth, Inc.

Goodwill is a nonprofit leader in providing education, training and career services for people with disabilities, such as physical or mental disabilities, lack of education or work experience and homelessness. Last year, Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth helped place thousands of people in jobs.

Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth, Inc.’s, 20 retail locations provide not only affordable goods and services, but also jobs for those in need and revenue to support Goodwill’s charitable mission. Goodwill also provides Tarrant County with nine career centers, equipped with job-search experts, computers, Internet access and telephones. Goodwill believes that work has the power to transform lives by building self-confidence, independence, creativity, trust and friendships. Everyone deserves this chance. For more information on Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth, please visit www.goodwillfortworth.org.