Live More Sustainably in 2020: What You Didn't Know About Recycling Certain Items
You try to recycle. You’ve cut back on using plastic water bottles, and you avoid styrofoam. But that isn’t the only way to lead a more sustainable life, and it’s easy thanks to Goodwill’s more than 40 Arkansas locations. Just pop the trunk, and we’ll do the rest.
The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that more than 11 million tons of clothing and shoes were taken to U.S. landfills in 2017. In addition, Americans disposed of 700,000 tons of books, more than 9 million tons of furniture and around 2 million tons of small appliances. On a brighter note, 9 out of 10 people said they’d recycle if it were easier. More good news-it can’t be much easier than donating to Goodwill.
Goodwill Industries of Arkansas accepts donations at all of its stores and attended donation centers. Here is just some of what they accept:
Antiques and collectibles
Computers and Electronics – all brands of computers in any condition
Entertainment – Records, CDs, VHS, DVDs, Video games, etc.
Furniture – Indoor and Outdoor
Jewelry and accessories
Luggage & Bags
Medical Equipment – walkers, shower seats, wheelchairs, etc.
Sports, fitness and outdoors – bikes, camping and outdoors, exercise and fitness, game room, helmets and pads, lawn games, scooter, skateboards, skates, sports equipment, etc.
Vehicles – Donate your vehicle to Goodwill. It’s tax deductible.
By donating, you allow someone else to enjoy your jacket that no longer fits. You allow someone to upcycle your scuffed side table into a work of art. And most importantly, your donations fund programs that help Arkansans find work, becoming more self-sufficient, improving their quality of life and fulfilling their dreams. Last year, not only did your donations keep tens of millions of pounds of items out of Arkansas landfills, their sale funded career services that placed 7,598 Arkansans in jobs.
Live a more sustainable life in 2020, and help change lives through education, training and employment. Because of you, Good Will happen.
THV11 Features Long-Awaited Goodwill Find
By Ashley Godwin (THV11)
CONWAY, Ark. — The sound of music is easy to hear Friday nights at high schools, but it’s also easy to misplace those instruments.
“Sometimes students move away and they inadvertently have the instrument in their home and take it with them,” said Robin Ratliff, Ruth Doyle Middle School’s head band director.
Five years ago, a euphonium horn was counted out, but thanks to a watchful eye and a helping hand, it’s back where it belongs.
“We think that’s what may have happened here, because it came from Jonesboro,” said Ratliff. “We think they were attending ASU and they graduated. It was in a closet somewhere and it was donated to Goodwill.”
The band director received an unexpected e-mail asking if a euphonium listed on a Goodwill online sale was his.
“We looked and there was a ‘Conway’ painted on the case and, of course, the serial number matched our inventory,” said Ratliff.
The instrument was then returned to the school district, making for a happy ending.
“Being able to give that back to them enables them to possibly touch the life of a child who can experience music,” said Goodwill of Arkansas’s Kerri Nettles.
To watch THV11’s story, click here.
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