Sunrise Manor residents find the upside of recycling

By Anna Dyer

Seattle Housing Authority

Residents of Seattle Housing Authority’s senior housing community Sunrise Manor recently held a green decluttering event. Instead of sending unwanted items like small appliances, electronics, furniture and clothing to the landfill, the Ballard residents teamed up with SHA staff and Goodwill to host a reuse collection event at their building.

When the Goodwill truck arrived at the building, residents enthusiastically added a wide variety of items to the donation pile—everything from games and children’s toys to printers and TVs.

Goodwill staff filled their truck with donated items, which will now have further useful life with new owners who purchase them through Goodwill’s network of reuse stores. Residents felt great about saving items from the landfill and supporting a good cause, making it a successful day for everyone involved.

Many residents were surprised to learn that Goodwill accepts damaged clothing and broken electronics. As a participant in King County’s ThreadCycle and E-Cycle Washington programs, Goodwill serves as a recycling drop off location for clothing and electronics in almost any condition, except wet or mildewed.

There are a number of reuse and recycling options available, including the following:
Goodwill: http://seattlegoodwill.org/donate/donate-items
ThreadCycle: Worn out clothing and linens aren’t garbage anymore! Visit your local Goodwill or find another participating location near you to recycle these items http://your.kingcounty.gov/solidwaste/ecoconsumer/threadcycle.asp
E-Cycle Washington: Responsibly recycle computers, TVs, DVD players, e-readers and tablets for free. Visit your local Goodwill to recycle these items or find another drop off location near you http://www.ecyclewashington.org/ or call 1-800-RECYCLE (1-800-732-9253)
Find a charity that will pick up your donations for free: http://donationtown.org/washington-donation-pickup/seattle-wa.html

 

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