April 19, 2017

Kaiser Permanente and Goodwill Industries collect e-waste and recyclables

PASADENA, Calif. Kaiser Permanente is celebrating Earth Day this week.

Through Kaiser Permanente’s continuing partnership with Goodwill Southern California, more than 15 Kaiser Permanente facilities throughout Southern California will host onsite collections of e-waste, recycling and donations.

Goodwill Southern California will station 28-foot trailers at Kaiser Permanente facilities to collect and recycle or dispose of electronic waste and other hard goods. Goodwill will also take donations of electronic equipment such as phones, television sets and computers, as well as gently used and new clothing, accessories, household goods, books, e-media and collectibles.

In Pasadena, people can drop off e-waste and donations on Thursday, April 20 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Kaiser Permanente Southern California regional headquarters on the east side of North Euclid Avenue between East Walnut Street and East Corson Street. Goodwill Southern California representatives will assist with heavy items and provide receipts for tax purposes. Other drop-off locations and times can be found here.

“More than a decade ago, we began our annual e-waste and collection drive to provide our employees, physicians and community residents with an easy and convenient opportunity to be good environmental stewards and recycle unwanted items,” said Scott Wendling, regional sustainability officer and executive of Support Services for Kaiser Permanente Southern California. “Earth Day serves as a reminder that we can all take action to improve the health of our planet and our communities where we live, work and play. Through these collections, we prevent tons of harmful elements from getting into local landfills.”

Last year, Earth Day activities sponsored by the Kaiser Permanente and Goodwill Southern California partnership diverted more than 20 tons of waste from landfills.

“We have enjoyed our partnership with Kaiser Permanente Southern California over the years and are very happy to team up again this year to help care for the Earth,” said Patrick McClenahan, president and CEO of Goodwill Southern California. “Our annual Earth Day e-waste and donation drive events engage and enrich the community through the diversion of thousands of pounds of usable and recyclable goods from landfills, while providing training and sustainable employment for individuals with disabilities and disadvantages. That’s good for everyone.”

About Goodwill Southern California

Transforming lives through the power of work, we serve people with disabilities or other vocational challenges, as well as businesses, by providing education, training, work experience and job placement services. Each year, GSC prepares and places thousands of individuals with disabilities and vocational disadvantages into sustainable employment through programs and services offered at three campuses as well as Career Resource Centers, Deaf, Youth, and Veteran Employment Programs throughout Los Angeles (north of Rosecrans Ave.), Riverside and San Bernardino counties. GSC supports its mission of “Transforming lives through the Power of Work” with proceeds generated from 81 retail stores and 47 attended donation centers. Charity Navigator, an independent charity evaluator has awarded GSC its highest four-star ranking for 14 consecutive years; largely due to the fact GSC spends 96 percent of its budget on programs and services. Committed to caring for the earth, last year GSC diverted 100 million pounds of reusable or recyclable goods from landfills. Goodwill is Good For Everyone! For more information about Goodwill Southern California, please call (888) 4-GOODWILL or visit www.goodwillsocal.org.

About Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, our mission is to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 11.3 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health.