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Goodwill Encourages Community to Celebrate Earth Day

12:10PM / Thursday, March 24, 2011
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — With Earth Day less than a month away (Friday, April 22) Goodwill has a few suggestions for ways that individuals can be more environmentally-friendly, while also helping the community:

* Donate your gently used items to Goodwill. When you donate your gently used clothing, house wares and books, you help your environment and community by diverting these items from the landfill.

* You can donate computer and computer equipment for recycling to Goodwill. Thanks to a partnership with Dell Reconnect, Goodwill provides households in the Berkshires and Southern Vermont free recycling for working or nonworking computers in any condition. The donated computers and equipment are either refurbished and resold or broken down into parts to be recycled by Dell’s recycling partners. Each month, Goodwill helps to divert more than 230 tons of electronic equipment from area landfills.

* One of the most fun ways to celebrate Earth Day is to shop for gently used items at Goodwill instead of purchasing new ones. Reusing an item extends that item’s lifecycle and prevents it from being thrown away. Goodwill stores are a great place to find gently used items at affordable prices.

Donations to Goodwill are sold in stores and the revenues fund job training programs, employment placement services and other community-based services for people with disabilities, those who lack education or job experience, and others facing challenges to finding employment.

Go to www.goodwill-berkshires.org for upcoming Earth Day activities. Goodwill is sponsoring a Student Art Contest and Donation Drives and will be at the April 23 Earth Day Event at Berkshire Community College. 
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