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Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania is participating in a variety of donation drive activities to celebrate Earth Day, which is observed on April 22 each year. As an advocate for reusing materials through various donation drives, Goodwill joins in the spirit of Earth Day and its environmental impact by participating in the following:
- Pittsburgh Earth Day - Paint The Square Green – Market Square, Friday, April 21, 11a - 5p. Goodwill will have an informational table on how donating and shopping to Goodwill can help the environment.
- IKEA Furniture Drive -- Saturday, April 22, 9:30a - 6p, IKEA - Pittsburgh Robinson Town Centre, 2001 Park Manor Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA 15205. The public can bring your gently used furniture to IKEA and receive a $20 coupon towards the purchase of $150 or more.
- “Clutter for a Cause” is Pitt’s spring move out event. Pitt students are encouraged to donate starting on Friday, April 21, through April 30. Last year, Pitt was able to keep 16,000lbs out of landfills through this initiative.
- ReuseFest -- Saturday, April 22, 10a - 2p. UPMC Passavant - Green Lot 9100 Babcock Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA 15237. Goodwill will collect clothing and household items at Pennsylvania Resource Council's annual ReuseFest event.
- Around Earth Day week, the Aspinwall Fire Department, Elizabeth Forward Leo Club, Laura Lynn School of Dance, and Chartiers Valley Baseball Boosters will hold Goodwill community donation drives. Goodwill’s Donation Drive program allows schools, non-profits, youth sports teams, and churches to collect donations from friends and families, and get paid by the pound for their donations. By hosting a donation drive with Goodwill, funds are raised by participating organizations, while they support efforts to reuse and recycle as much material as possible. More information on the community donation drive program can be found at: www.goodwillswpa.org/host-donation-drive.
“Goodwill proudly supports Earth Day,” said Andrew Marano, Assistant Vice President of Retail, Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania. “As a long-time pioneer of the values of reuse, we are pleased to offer many opportunities during the week of Earth Day to encourage people to participate in this worldwide expression of environmental concern by donating their unwanted items to Goodwill to help others.”
Donations of clothing, housewares, books, furniture, jewelry and other items can be dropped off at any Goodwill store. Visit www.goodwillswpa.org/donate-goods for locations and more information. Goodwill employs a broad range of operational practices to minimize the environmental impact of the tons of donated items it receives but cannot use or sell.
“We work very hard to keep large quantities of materials out of landfills,” Marano said. “Last year, our proactive approach to conservational responsibility kept an estimated 23 million pounds of material out of landfills.”