Saleable vs. Non-saleable

The nearly 150,000 pounds of donated materials that Goodwill receives every day can be divided broadly into two categories:

  • Saleable items that can be sold in our stores – such as apparel, housewares, books, shoes, etc. Saleable items that are not purchased after a few weeks on the sales floor are recycled.
  • Non-saleable items that  are not suitable for sale because they are damaged or do not meet our quality standards, including cardboard and scrap metals. Non-saleable materials are recycled immediately.

Goodwill Computer Donations

The Reconnect Pittsburgh alliance with Dell is a comprehensive computer recovery, reuse and environmentally responsible program that combines Goodwill’s donation and retail infrastructure with the recycling experience and resources of Dell. Goodwill collects donated computers and transfers selected equipment to a Dell product recovery partner with proceeds coming back to Goodwill. Proceeds support Goodwill’s job-training and education programs to help people improve their quality of life through work and related services.