LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Goodwill Industries of Arkansas announced a day before Earth Day their organization, with help from Arkansans, has been able to divert more than 34 million pounds of items from landfills in the state.
Earth Day is Thursday, April 22.
Officials say donors and shoppers help the nonprofit redirect an average of 24.5 million pounds of clothing and household items from landfills each year through its stores and 13.5 million pounds of items are diverted through Goodwill’s recycling programs.
Goodwill’s e-waste program recycles electronic waste while also treating components as a reusable resource, with donated computers and other equipment sold at Goodwill’s computer store.
According to Goodwill, more than 4.5 million pounds of electronic waste has been diverted through this program. In total emissions, that’s a savings equivalent to:
- 2,835 tons of reduced CO2 emissions.
- 80,600 passenger vehicles removed from highways.
- 909,064,115 fewer miles driven by vehicles.
- 10,925 barrels of oil.