Items We Cannot Accept

What Goodwill cannot accept

What Goodwill cannot accept

  • televisions (any style)
  • chemicals (including paint)
  • mattresses and box springs
  • any items that are ripped torn or stained


All donations that Evansville Goodwill can sell in our stores are greatly appreciated. However, when Goodwill receives items that cannot be sold, staff must dispose of them - this includes loose papers that could contain donors' personal information. Disposal of such items (especially secure shredding of loose papers) raises expenses and reduces the revenue available for employment and educational services.Items we can't accept include:

  • Documents containing personal information, including bank statements, passports, checkbooks, medical histories and other, similar materials. Donors should always check their donations for such materials before donating.
  • Used tires
  • Hot water heaters
  • Furnaces
  • Carpeting and padding
  • Mattresses, bed springs, sofa beds, hospital beds
  • Cribs and carseats
  • Household trash and garbage
  • Scrap lumber, concrete, bricks, stones
  • Air conditioners
  • Firearms
  • Paint, household chemicals, insecticides, etc.
  • Food items
  • Large commercial desks
  • Cubicles
  • Entertainment Centers
  • Televisions


Need help properly disposing of a TV? Many communities, the state of Indiana and even some stores have recycling programs.

  • State of Indiana - Local Recycling Programs
  • EPA - Local Recycle Search
  • City of Indianapolis - eCycling
  • Best Buy Recycling Dropoff Program (32" and under)
  • Green Wave Recycling
  • RecycleForce
  • College Hunks Hauling
  • Freecycle.net
  • E-Cycling Center