Donating unwanted items to Goodwill is a great way to donate to a good cause and make space in your home. Unfortunately, there are things they can't use. Here's a list of items they wish you wouldn't donate.


Sometimes the nature or condition of items, or something doesn't meet safety standards is a reason your donated items won't be accepted at Goodwill. When they receive items that cannot be sold, staff must dispose of them which takes a lot of time and space. With that being said, here's a list of items that are NOT accepted.

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Any items that are ripped torn or stained.

Documents containing personal information, including bank statements, passports, checkbooks, medical histories and other, similar materials.

Used tires

Hot water heaters


Carpeting and padding

Mattresses, bed springs, sofa beds, hospital beds

Cribs and carseats

Household trash and garbage

Scrap lumber, concrete, bricks, stones

Air conditioners


Paint, household chemicals, insecticides, etc.

Food items

Large commercial desks


Entertainment Centers



Goodwill Industries of Kentucky's mission statement is "Goodwill Industries of Kentucky helps people with disabilities or other disadvantages achieve and maintain employment to gain a better quality of life."


If your looking for a new job or want to make a job change, Goodwill is hiring. They have many different positions available!

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