Goodwill Industries of Central Texas Computer Recycling Program processed 4,990,800 lbs of computer e-waste which translates to 2,495 tons. Each month Goodwill Industries of Central Texas processes 250 tons of electronic waste with 0% going to the landfill.
Based on the numbers above and using an EPA calculator for electronic waste conversion to equivalencies saved this translates to:
- Energy savings (electricity to power) equal to 2352 US households in a year.
- Greenhouse Gas Reduction equal to removing 1662 passenger cars from the road per year.
- Solid Waste Reduction equal to solid waste generated by 765 US households in a year.
In September of 2007, Goodwill Industries of Central opened a store in Waco, Texas located at 3334 Franklin Avenue. The City of Waco has started accepting electronics for recycling at Cobb’s Citizens Collection Center and the new Computer Works store will work with the Solid Waste Services to accept all computers and peripheral devices for responsible disposal and recycling.
The In addition to electronic recycling, Goodwill recycles paper, cardboard, plastic, metal, textiles, shoes, books and more. Whereas the focus of Goodwill is always on re-use, the organization recognizes that some items have reached the end of their useful life in their original form and they should be reprocessed to use valuable materials to make new products and packaging reduces the consumption of natural resources.
During the first 3 quarters of 2007 saved 1,065 trees by recycling paper, recycled 63.5 tons for reuse and our numbers continue to grow.