More than just a shirt on a hanger, these clothes serve a greater purpose.
“Goodwill’s mission is to provide training, employment and supportive services for individuals with disadvantages who seek greater independence,” said Store Manager for the Goodwill Store and Donation Center in Naperville, Jason Hwang.
All of this is accomplished through donations from the community, which are accepted seven days a week at Goodwill in Naperville.
Hwang explains the process, “our donation attendants will take our donations from our donors when they drive up, they will then bring the products back here and they will sort it into either clothing or non-clothing. From there we have producers who price our product.”
But not all donations see the sales floor, as Goodwill has a set of standards when sorting through and choosing merchandise.
“We like to provide product that’s going to generate the most value for our customers, that’s why we don’t just put a sticker or price tag on everything that comes through here and just throw it on the sales floor,” said Hwang.
The items that don’t make the cut are then sorted by material and recycled.
“We recycle shoes, we recycle purses, cardboard, electronics, as well as metal, and books. So all of those items, they’re not just thrown away once they don’t meet our standards, they are all recycled, shipped out to our hubs and then we have secondary market buyers that will then buy those items,” explained Hwang.
This not only generates funds to further Goodwill’s mission, but also helps create a greener world.
Last year alone, Goodwill stores across Illinois and Wisconsin kept 75.7 million pounds of clothing and textiles, 11.6 million pounds of materials and 5.6 million pounds of electronics out of landfills.
“The more people that we can get to donate to our stores, it just helps our process and helps with our whole revenue generating program to help support our mission and helps with all of our recycling programs,” said Hwang.
Goodwill accepts donations of all types, except hazardous materials, large appliances, tires, mattresses, box springs and tube TVs.
Naperville News 17’s Evan Summers reports.
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