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One man’s trash is another man’s treasure


Goodwill's Courtney Nelson has tips for those looking to do their part this Earth Day

YUMA, Ariz. (KYMA, KECY) - Whether it was a tie-dye shirt or a butterfly collared blouse, we've all made questionable fashion decisions. And, according to statistics about 85% of our clothes end up in landfills.

That number translates into tens of millions of pounds of clothes that are filling landfills or burned and damaging the ozone.

But, there's a better way nonprofits like Goodwill collect items that you once craved and now see as rubbish. Those items are collected, cleaned, and then placed for re-sale.

Funds raised through the sale of your items go to fund a variety of programs. Also, that tie-dye shirt may just be what some lucky thrift store shopper had been looking for.

Even broken toys, nonprofits will try to fix them and salvage what they can and then make sure that they're recycled properly. All you have to do is collect your items and take them to your nearest thrift store.

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