Sometimes we have to say, “No, thank you.” Some items cost more to transport, repair or refurbish than they can be sold for in our stores, taking money from our mission. Others are not recyclable or contain hazardous waste, and present potential safety issues. Our donation attendants may decline a donation if, in their judgment, it is not in clean, saleable condition. We appreciate your kokua.
It’s best to call (808) 836-WORK (9675) to double-check the acceptability of questionable items.
Goodwill makes every effort to sell donated merchandise we receive at affordable prices in our retail stores. Merchandise that doesn’t sell in our stores is sent to the Goodwill Surplus Store, which offers “last stop” merchandise at low prices. Items that we cannot sell are processed through our recycling/salvage system. In the year of 2011-2012 Goodwill helped to keep 12.5 million pounds of items out of Hawaii’s landfills.
Goodwill is the original recycler…saving the earth one donation at a time.
Goodwill partners with Kokua in Kind to receive car or boat donations. You can reach Kokua in Kind by calling (808) 834-6603. Please let them know you would like to designate the proceeds of your donation to Goodwill Industries of Hawaii.
Some items cost more to transport, repair or refurbish than they can be sold for in our stores. Other items are not recyclable, contain hazardous materials or present potential liability issues. For these reasons, Goodwill cannot use the following types of items: any item recalled by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, hazardous materials, auto parts (including tires), baby furniture and other baby-related items, beds and mattress, major appliances, firearms and weapons. Click here for a complete list of acceptable items.