Just recently I traded emails with our local Goodwill Industries for help in combatting some myths about Goodwill. Specifically, I commonly hear "this ___ is too good for Goodwill" or "but they just throw stuff away." Chris Politikas, the Marketing & Communications Director for Goodwill of the Olympics and Rainier Region, offered this:
Nothing is "too good" for Goodwill. When it comes to higher value items, depending upon what it is we would either place it in our boutique on Proctor (it’s called "Blue") or put it up at our online store (shopgoodwill.com). We have a great interest in higher value items because we can maximize the value of those items which helps us do more in the way of job training and education for people with barriers to employment. Also, we are happy to come pick up high value items from people. And we take great care in being the best stewards possible of those items. This page on the website gives you a little bit more detail about this: www.goodwillwa.org/give/goods/premier
On the issue of throwing stuff away -- Goodwill is the original "reduce, reuse, recycle" organization. We take every measure possible to sell donated items through our retail channels (mainline Goodwill stores, blue boutiques, online sales or our outlet stores). After an item has went through the chain of our stores and has not sold, we will repurpose or recycle that item to the best of our ability. Over 85% of everything donated to Goodwill is either sold, repurposed or recycled. The very last result is taking an item to the landfill. Implementing new technologies and techniques we continue to reduce the pounds of unsaleable goods that go to the landfill with an ultimate goal of "Zero" waste.