“The concept behind the Impact Centre is all about sustainability.”
Making a positive impact on the environment
In 2018 the Goodwill Impact Centre celebrated its one year anniversary. It was a year of creating a positive impact on the environment, while providing employment for Albertans and Albertans with disabilities.
The Impact Centre has proved to be the future of Goodwill in Alberta and is home to several important aspects of the organization with a main focus on Sustainability.
Goodwill implemented its first Sustainability Plan in 2018 with the goal to incorporate sustainability into all areas of operations. This has translated into a greater diversion from the landfill and significant water and energy savings.
As a result of Goodwill’s commitment, 31,760 kilograms of plastics, 11,902 kilograms of glassware and 104,695 kilograms of paper were diverted from local landfills in 2018. Overall over 13 million kilograms were diverted from landfills with the diversion rate increasing to 81% from 78% the previous year. Waste bins have also now been removed from the donation centres and retail stores in the greater Edmonton region, as all waste is now centralized at the Impact Centre.
The success of the Goodwill Impact Centre in Edmonton has led the organization to pursue a similar venture in Calgary in the coming years.
Recycling Council of Alberta Environmental Stewardship
Since inception the Goodwill Impact Centre has been an example of good sustainability practices. In 2018, the facility was recognized by the Recycling Council of Alberta with the ‘R’s of Excellence’ award for outstanding reuse, recycle and re-purpose programs. The incredible impact won the Not-For-Profit award.
Goodwill’s extensive reuse and recycling program includes textiles, shoes, accessories, metal, books, paper, cardboard, toys, electronics, toner cartridges and furniture. Cotton T-shirts and towels that were unable to find a home through our retail stores are brought in to our Commercial Services division, where the team transforms them into cleaning cloths.
Different community partners and recyclers were brought together to forge synergies with the goal of reducing waste, while supporting Albertans with disabilities.