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Some goodwill stores are facing an unexpected challenge. Fast-growing trash bills. It's the result of an unsellable broken and non recyclable items ending up in donation bins. New hampshire public radio's todd book has more on what may be behind this costly trend. Also the scene. I'm outside the goodwill location. In seabrook new hampshire. It's a bright sunny day and they are about to open up for donations. We hope everyone brings great things that help our programs but we know some people make some questionable judgments about what is good to donate and so we're talking about the literal trash. We sometimes see slip through donations stream. This is heather steve's spokesperson for goodwill locations in vermont. Maine new hampshire. Steve's is armed with trash examples items. They received just the day before a lamp shade which is stained and disgusting and literally falling apart. A small table missing leg crack tupperware. A used sponge dental medical tool. I can't believe i'm touching it either. It's really really truly disgusting. Goodwill does recycle. Lots of what. It can't sell it reuses textiles and refurbishes some broken electronics. But last year. Just the thirty locations in maine. Vermont new hampshire combined to throw away more than thirteen million pounds of waste. Technically other people's garbage all this trash adds up to more than a million dollars a year in a trash bill and it's been growing every year for the past five years to what is going on here to some extent it's phenomenon called. Wish cycling where people are hoping that something is recyclable. And therefore they put it in with their recycling. This is reagan. Be senate with the northeast resource recovery association recycling group. We've been trained not to throw anything away but not necessarily how to get rid of it properly and a lot of what we buy. We don't even need in the first place cindy. Eisenhower's a professor in the climate change institute at the university of maine she researches the re-use economy from yard sales to thrift shops to goodwill's absolutely inundated with stuff the challenges these sellers rely on people dropping off their items and of course. Nobody wants to discourage the donations. So i think everybody feels that. They're walking a very fine line here and so goodwill is doing this a bit of a media tour asking people to be more careful. Heather steve's says the timing here is strategic bring cleaning is always very busy. The only busier time we have is when marie kondo comes out with a new. Tv show spring cleaning yes. Ronn davut is dropping off a trunk full of items in pretty good shape. Actually i look at this. There's no drawer. Probably keep that in florida way. He's got close in good conditions and housewares and some items from the back of the closet. Yeah very small dog costumes this is for our docks. Who's in the car hotdog. See this is not trash will go within one minute. Being on the sales for steve says the key question to ask before dropping. Something off is if you needed it. Would you buy it in this condition or another way to think about it. you know. we've seen comments on our facebook page. Recently that are like if you wouldn't give it to your judgmental mother-in-law don't donate it mother-in-law she'd love that dog costume for npr news. I'm todd buckman

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