Goodwill Stores Have a Message: Please Stop Donating Trash

For the thrift stores, such donations aren't just a hassle to dispose of. They also magnify their garbage-disposal costs

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Across the country, thrift stores have been flooded by household items, the offerings of people who have been homebound for months and are eager to clear out some of their possessions. Problem is, too many such items could most accurately be described as trash. Many of the donations are defective or worn-out items — gifts from well-intentioned people who want to reduce waste but who donate items that simply shouldn’t be donated. In the midst of spring cleaning season, the stores want to slow a barrage of unwanted contributions that increased during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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