Goodwill launched glass recycling program in North Carolina

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Hundreds of millions of donations are brought to Goodwill locations each year, but not all items sell. Triad Goodwill launched the first program in the state to take unsold glass and reuse it.

What you need to know

  • Tumbled by Goodwill is available at two Triad locations
  • “Sea glass” can be used for many craft projects.
  • Of every dollar in sales, 85 cents will go to Triad Goodwill’s job training programs.

Dantae Doggett is a Goodwill glass production worker and helps turn unsold pieces of at least 100 tons of donated glass at Triad Goodwill from the 200 tons donated into a new product.

“When it comes out of the glasses, it looks so beautiful,” Doggett said.

Dantae Doggett breaking unsold glass.

Dantae Doggett breaking unsold glass. (Spectrum News 1/Sydney McCoy.)

Doggett has been working with Goodwill for about a year and is helping spearhead the recycled craft glass program, Tumbled by Goodwill, the first of its kind in the state.

Triad Goodwill’s “RePurposed” is a new initiative to further promote the sustainability of unpurchased items and give them a second chance at life, with glass being the first product available in the line.

Triad Goodwill has dumped more than 750 pounds of glass and about 7,000 pounds are in line to be dumped.

For every dollar, 85 cents of sales will go toward Triad Goodwill’s job training programs, helping community members gain career skills, obtain certifications or licenses in specialized training programs, and providing those who have been released from prison a second chance at employment through Careers On. The Foreign Program.

“The funds we raise through our retail or lifesaving operations and this incredible Tumbled program will go directly into programs and services to support people here in the Triad. In everything we do, our mission is to improve lives and enrich communities through the power of work. So it’s all about harnessing that power of work, getting people into the workforce,” said Baylee Smith, director of philanthropic partnerships for Goodwill Industries of Central North Carolina.

Smith said Goodwill helped serve more than 2,100 people in its career center and career services last year, along with connecting more than 100 community partners to help job seekers.

Doggett is pursuing forklift certification through the job training program.

Pieces of glass about to be sorted.

Pieces of glass about to be sorted. (Spectrum News 1/Sydney McCoy)

“To tell you the truth, because of my background, it would be difficult for me to get a good job and, well, I hope that working with Goodwill will help me take the step to get a career,” Doggett said.

The glass that is recycled is used down to the powder and sand-sized pieces can be used in foundation construction and “glitter” or other sizes can be used on countertops, with the ultimate goal of the program to sell bulk glass for landscaping. in construction.

“Last year, we diverted more than 15 million pounds of goods from the landfill through our donations and our operation. So this is another way we’re trying to divert waste from the landfill,” Smith said.

Tumbled “sea glass” is currently sold at the store at 3921 Battleground Ave. in Greensboro and the store at 3740 S. Church St. in Burlington and can be used for many different craft items, with a “Book of Inspiration” DIY” in the two participating stores. locations.

“This means goodwill here. It gives you a completely different opportunity to do something different. This is not just glass anymore. He has a completely different life now,” Doggett said.

The Career Center is located at 1235 S. Eugene St. in Greensboro.