Why Recycle?

For over 100 years, Goodwill has been an entrepreneurial leader, environmental pioneer and social innovator of the “reduce, reuse, repurpose” practice.

We seek to maintain and enhance our position as the preeminent recyclers in the not-for-profit community by expanding our Green Initiative activities to include a commitment to retrofit and upgrade all facilities, maximizing energy efficiency and continuing towards our goal of zero waste.

In 2017, we diverted more than 8 million pounds from local landfills by selling, reusing and recycling. Even unsold donations are recycled and utilized for other purposes as well as donated to other organizations for reuse. Through our current recycling efforts, we recycle 83% of what we collect – our ultimate goal is to recycle 100% and be at zero waste.


Electronic waste is a growing concern that is exacerbated by our fast-paced consumer cycle and product innovation. Cadmium, Mercury, Lead, Americium, Arsenic, Beryllium Oxide and Flame Retardants are just a few hazardous materials commonly found in e-waste. It is essential that these harmful elements are kept out of landfills where they contaminate ground water and release toxic chemicals into the atmosphere.

man wrapping e-waste


Fitting perfectly into the Goodwill model, Comprenew@Goodwill is a natural extension of our entrepreneurial initiatives. Reuse extends the lifecycle of electronics and their value, and is a more environmentally sound approach for a number of reasons. It reduces waste and manufacturing costs, requires less energy and provides job opportunities.

Comprenew E-Waste items Accepted for recycling

Office and household electronics

(We do not take large appliances.)

  • Air cleaners, humidifiers
  • Answering machines
  • Blenders, kitchen electronics
  • Vacuum cleaners
  • Curling irons, hair dryers
  • Calculators
  • Cellular telephones
  • Copiers
  • DVD players
  • Fax machines
  • Gaming systems
  • Ipods, MP3 players
  • Microwaves
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Power tools (electric only)
  • Various media (floppy disks, CDs,
    memory sticks)
  • Radios, stereos and CD players
  • Telephone systems
  • Televisions
  • Typewriters
  • VCRs

Computer components and accessories

  • APC Battery back-ups
  • Circuit boards
  • Docking stations, routers
  • Internal, external disk drives
  • Keyboards and mice
  • Laptops, MACs, PCs
  • Modems
  • Monitors
  • Networking equipment
  • PDAs (Blackberrys, Palm Pilots, iPhones)
  • Power cords, cables
  • Printers, scanners
  • Servers, server racks
  • Speakers
  • Tape back-ups
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N S F I S R Registered to OHSAS 18001