COLUMBUS (WCMH) — The community’s help recycling electronics is creating jobs in Franklin County.
Goodwill saved one million pounds of electronic waste from going to the landfill last year.
Almost all of the profits made from recycling goes to Goodwill’s workforce development programs.
One employee at Goodwill said he struggled in school with a learning disability.
“When I was in high school I was very shy, I didn’t believe in myself like I do now,” Bruce Amstutz said. “I was really scared and didn’t know what to do.”
Amstutz ended up landing a job at Goodwill. In five years, he went from being a custodian to an assistant manager.
“It was very exciting that I was able to get a chance here and start fresh and work my way up,” Amstutz said.
Goodwill Manager Retail Donations Operations, Todd Cordetti said waste can wind up in landfills, which overtime can leach toxins in soil and groundwater. Instead, $7 million total pounds of waste was recycled at Goodwill Columbus last year.
“They come out here and learn a new skill like manufacturing so we are able to support our mission and have this work done, earn some revenue for our mission and create jobs,” said Cordetti.
Goodwill also recycles clothes that aren’t up to retail quality. There are 18 locations in Franklin County.