Wilmington, DE, December 19, 2014– Goodwill of Delaware and Delaware County today announced it will no longer accept the donation of televisions at any of its 21 donation locations. The ban on TV donations is effective immediately.
According to Colleen Morrone, Goodwill’s president and CEO, the market dynamics of television recycling and disposal have changed greatly in the last two years.
“For many years, Goodwill has been committed to providing convenient television donation and recycling for the community,” said Morrone. “Prior to 2012, recyclers paid Goodwill for the donated televisions we collected from the community. However, in the last two years Goodwill has been required to pay recyclers to process those donated TV’s. This takes away from the funds we are able to invest in our employment and training programs that help those who turn to Goodwill.”
Morrone noted that in 2014 Goodwill spent “a significant amount of money” to dispose of donated televisions. She said this situation is no longer viable for Goodwill and is “not compatible with our mission.”
Morrone said there were several options available for residents who have unwanted televisions. She said that Delaware residents can recycle their televisions through the Delaware Solid Waste Authority (DSWA). The DSWA has locations in all three counties that accept televisions, regardless of size, as part of its Electronic Goods Recycling (EGR) and Collection program. Days and times TV’s are collected and the exact location in each county can be found at www.dswa.com. The DSWA also offers frequent Saturday drop-off opportunities, which are also listed on their website.
Similarly, in Delaware County, Pennsylvania televisions are accepted as part of the county’s e-waste program. Specific dates and locations can be found at http://www.co.delaware.pa.us/recycle/ewasterecycle.html
Goodwill’s CEO said another option for consumers wanting to dispose of televisions was local Best Buy stores. She said Best Buy accepts televisions 32-inches or smaller at any of their locations in Delaware (Dover, Wilmington (2), Newark) and Delaware County (Springfield). There is a limit of three TV’s per household per day. Store locations can be found at www.bestbuy.com.
Morrone noted that Goodwill of Delaware and Delaware County will continue to accept computers, monitors, peripherals (keyboards, mice, speakers) which are recycled through a partnership with Dell Computers as part of their Dell Reconnect® program.
“We realize that this change of no longer accepting TV donations may cause a temporary inconvenience for our loyal donors, but Goodwill has an obligation to make sure that the revenues we generate are best serving our mission of helping the community.”
For over 90 years, Goodwill of Delaware and Delaware County’s mission has been to improve the quality of life for people with barriers to self-sufficiency through the Power of Work. In 2013, Goodwill of Delaware and Delaware County provided nearly 45,000 services to individuals throughout the region and helped over 500 individuals connect to employment.