The weight loss clean out special! Part 2: Weight Gain & Refusal from Goodwill

4 Jul

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How do you have a weight loss of 440 .lbs and gain it back in 60 minutes?
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Try donating to Goodwill and having them turn their backs on company policy!  After all my hard work and research throughout multiple website and companies, I was under the impression that Goodwill had a policy that made use of 99% clothes.  Here’s what I thought was going to happen, via Earth911.com

“As a general rule, there isn’t much that we won’t allow to be donated to Goodwill,” Michael Meyer, vice president of donated retail goods at Goodwill Industries International, Inc., told Earth911. “We take all textiles in any condition. All those textiles end up in our system and they’re sorted to determine where they will land.”

After my first post and delivery to my local Goodwill facility, they’ve trashed my entire donation.  This action is to the complete opposite of what my goal is and what their policy states.  They’ve even taken it a step further and said that all donation no must be inspected and that they will not accept the musty and dusty clothing I’ve separated and bagged.  After confronting the floor manager and even showing them the policy set forth by her bosses, she said she will not accept my donation.

I’m not one to give up so suddenly.  People have asked me now if I will just send the bags to the dump and I cannot simply do that.  I’ve already put the effort in, I need to see it fulfilled.  Most people are telling my that Goodwill is all smoke and mirrors, and all b.s. anyways.  They don’t really go to those lengths to be environmentally friendly, do they?

After the incident last week, I wrote to customer service:

Good afternoon,
I’m currently managing a project in which I’m having the contents of a hoarder home that’s been abandoned for 20 year removed. The goal is to donate and recycle as much of the contents as possible. 
There’s a blog documenting the entire process. Every item is sorted and weighed before being removed from the property. 
Can you give me more information on clothes and textiles donation process? I have over 1,000 lbs of clothes that are in need to avoid a land fill and after my first donation to the Goodwill, they told me the clothes were too dusty or musty to accept. The location is in Greenport, NY 12534, store manager’s name is Lynn. 
My blog reaches out to hundreds of locals and are excited about the project and setting a proper example and now this is the first road block I’ve run into. 
I’ve quoted Earth911.com interview with vice president of donated retail goods at Goodwill Industries International, Inc. and was still turned away.  Here’s my reference:

“We’ll let you in on a little secret: charities will accept all sorts of textiles, including those that you think are too worn or damaged to donate.

“As a general rule, there isn’t much that we won’t allow to be donated to Goodwill,” Michael Meyer, vice president of donated retail goods atGoodwill Industries International, Inc., told Earth911. “We take all textiles in any condition. All those textiles end up in our system and they’re sorted to determine where they will land.”

To my dismay, I learned that most of the 370lbs of cloth material ended up in a landfill after donating to one of your stores. 
Please help me be more informed in the process so I can stay positive and also educate those around me on how to do things properly. 

 

Thanks,

Michael J. Molinski

So far they haven’t responded.

Needless to say, I’m still fighting the good fight in organizing and doing my part to keep the land fills clear of anything that doesn’t need to go there.
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I have one more thing to ask.  Now that I gained back the 440 lbs. of clothes, is there anyone out there willing to take it upon themselves to resort the good from the bad and get these to the people in need?  It’s too much for me at this time and hopefully one or a few people will take  on this challenge.  Who’s with me?

Donation to ReStore: Habitat for Humanity
Three boxes of unused ceiling tiles: 162.6 lbs.
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Clothes Bags & Fabrics:
Bag 1: 37.2
Bag 2: 47.2
Bag 3: 51.8
Bag 4: 41.4
Bag 5: 39.8
Bag 6: 43.8
Bag 7: 36.2
Bag 8: 31.6
Bag 9: 54.4
Bag 10: 55.8
TOTAL: 439.2

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Sold to Five&Diamond:
Bag 1: 26.8
Bag 2: 12.8
+ $50 Sale 🙂
Not measured in previous exchanges, 3-4 more bags & $80 sale

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Cardboard and lots of paper, just a glimpse into what’s happening here.

Paper:
Box 1: 13.8
Box 2: 19.2
Box 3: 23
Box 4: 17.2
Box 5: 18.2
Box 6: 52.8
Box 7: 19
Box 8: 11.6
Box 9: 29.2
Box 10: 33.6
TOTAL: 237.6

Plastic:
Bin 1: 18.2
Bin 2: 9.2
Bin 3: 12.2
Bin 4: 6.2
Bin 5: 9.8
Bin 6: 9.6
Bin 7: 25.2
Bin 8: 11.8
TOTAL: 102.2

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Just some of the bins of recyclable material. Check out the scale, I told ya I was measuring everything!

 

Trash:
Bag 1: 31
Bag 2: 32.6
Bag 3: 38

Pickup Truck Load: 280
TOTAL: 381.6

All said and done, here’s the total weight loss this time (still counting the clothes because they’re not on the property now, just in my barn {my wife hates that 🙂 }) I’ve unloaded a whopping  1,200.2 lbs. this time and still more to come!

 

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