In the vast expanse of Plant B lies a hidden gem of Goodwill Silicon Valley. Plant B is the heart of Goodwill SV’s circular economy efforts and enterprise. The less that goes in landfills, the better. The collection of donations allows our local communities to have an opportunity to recycle their pre-loved goods back into the economy, keeping those goods out of landfills and one step closer to a new home. These days, we need every avenue to keep our communities safe, clean, and cleared of waste.
During the month of September alone, Goodwill of Silicon Valley’s Plant B processed 1,241,892 pounds of goods from retail stores. Anything that comes through our donation doors GWSV works toward finding its purpose and its home. GWSV is able to connect with vendors both locally and internationally. Items that start at Plant B can often travel to many different countries! Plant B also safely disposes of refrigerators and furniture that is no longer appropriate for use or donation, by separating materials and breaking them down for further disposal or recycling. The life cycle of the items are extended through reuse and prevention of entering a landfill as much as possible. With these conscious efforts already being made and more, where will GWSV go next?
As we approach Thanksgiving, we want to begin to enter the spirit of giving, while also keeping in mind waste, waste management, and the lifecycle of what we bring into our homes and our lives. How much food do I really need to buy and cook this Thanksgiving? How much ‘stuff’ do I really need in my home? And what items do I have that I can bring a second lease at life if I donate to Goodwill of Silicon Valley? The possibilities are endless! If we just take the time to stop and think.
And as we reflect on the abundance in our lives, let’s not forget those who may be in need. In the spirit of giving back, consider organizing a donation drive within your community or workplace. Encourage others to sift through their belongings and contribute to the cycle of reuse and recycling. By partnering with Goodwill of Silicon Valley, you can extend the life cycle of items, prevent them from ending up in landfills, and make a positive impact on both local and global communities. Whether it’s clothing, household items, or electronics, every donation counts. Together, we can continue to build a more sustainable and compassionate future, one donation at a time. So, let’s spread the spirit of Thanksgiving by giving not just thanks, but also giving to those who could use a helping hand.