By Mark Helsen, Transportation Manager
Spring has finally arrived! That means Goodwill is very busy with many community partners collecting donations that can be reused, recycled, or sold in our stores. There is always a lot of focus and demand for donation drives in April, especially around the Earth Day weekend.
Our community partners include local municipalities, corporations, school systems, other nonprofits, churches, neighborhood associations, and many large and small business throughout the year. This April and May we will be working with Younkers, Casnovia Township, Gerber, Muskegon County, SpartanNash Stores, Hackley Public Library, City of Norton Shores, and Holton Township.
We are excited to start a relationship with Advanced Technology Recycling in Grand Rapids as a recycling partner for the old-style television and computer monitor also known as the CRT (or cathode ray tube). This recycler is a free source for these items for this calendar year. They have a goal of 4.5 million pounds to collect this year. If they reach that goal then there will be more funding available for proper recycling of those items in 2018.
Goodwill will collect and estimated 50,000 pounds in e-waste to be sent to Advanced Technology Recycling in the months of April and May. We realize that there still is a lot of e-waste in our communities and we are happy for the opportunity to collect and recycle responsibly.
Here are some of our upcoming donation drive and recycling events:
- Saturday, April 15: Casnovia Township is holding their annual spring cleanup event
- Saturday, April 22: Muskegon County Recycling Event held at 1350 E. Keating Ave. from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. This free recycling event is open to Muskegon County residents. You are invited to recycle many household items include computers and TVs.
- Saturday, April 22 and Sunday, April 23: SpartanNash Earth Week Donation Drive
Participating Goodwill store locations:
- Allendale – 5269 Lake Michigan Drive
- Grand Haven – 1112 Robbins Road
- North Holland- 393 East Lakewood Blvd.
- South Holland -1180 South Washington Avenue
- Manistee- 282 Twelfth Street
- Zeeland – 9479 Riley Street
Receive a SpartanNash coupon, good for $10 off a $25 or more purchase at your local Family Fare or D&W Fresh Market store.
Goodwill can help your organization coordinate a donation drive. We can provide you with empty containers to fill with e-waste, books, household wares, clothing etc., which we can pick up later. Goodwill also does staffed collections in some of the communities we serve. Collection events need to be scheduled in advance. Contact me at 231-722-781 x251 to find out more.