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No more TVs to Goodwill

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Starting July 1, 2012, area Goodwill stores will no longer accept donated televisions.

“While donating that perfectly good used television set to Goodwill and other non-profit thrift stores may seem like a good idea, the sets don’t sell and can be expensive to recycle,” said a statement from Goodwill of the Heartland.

The organization says its recycling partner no longer absorbs the cost of recycling televisions.  As a result, Goodwill of the Heartland spent more than $150,000 to recycle televisions in the first five months of 2012.

“With the cost of new televisions decreasing dramatically over the last several years, people are just not interested in buying a used, non-HD TV,” said Dana Engelbert, vice president of marketing at Goodwill of the Heartland. “If there was demand for the used sets, we wouldn’t have the disposal costs. Our priority is fulfilling our mission of helping individuals overcome barriers to independence.”

Goodwill of the Heartland will still accept computer monitors and other related electronics gear.  They partner with the Dell Reconnect Program that pays Goodwill of the Heartland to recycle those electronics with a zero-landfill partner.

The change to the television acceptance policy applies to stores in: Bettendorf, Burlington, Cedar Rapids, Clinton, Coralville, Davenport, Fairfield, Iowa City, Marion, Moline, Muscatine, Rock Island and Washington; and donation centers in Cedar Rapids and DeWitt.  Consumers should contact their local waste management provider or landfill for recycling options.

The Waste Commission of Scott County's Electronic Manufacturing Facility in Davenport is one of the few places in the Quad Cities you can go to get rid of unwanted electronics.

Anyone living in Scott or Rock Island counties can turn in their electronics at no charge.

For anyone outside the area, the charge is 20-cents per pound for screened items, like TV’s, laptops and computer monitors.

For more information on where you can go to donate unwanted electronics: