Goodwill installed the first goBIN™, at Kilroy Realty Corporation’s 201 Third Street commercial building on Wednesday, July 15. A highly innovative, tech enabled donation collection receptacle that is designed to serve high rise commercial buildings, and multi-unit apartment towers and office buildings. The Goodwill goBIN™, lets tenants and employees conveniently donate – and do good – without leaving their buildings. Clothing, shoes, and accessories can be dropped in anytime, eliminating a weekend or after work trip to Goodwill.
“I’m delighted to recognize Kilroy Realty Corporation’s leadership as an early adopter of the goBIN™ smart textile solution. The Goodwill goBIN™ will be installed in every big office and high rise in the city within 5 years making the donation of textiles an everyday convenience,” said Maureen Sedonaen, Goodwill President and CEO. “Every shirt, shoe and purse donated into a goBIN™ will help us create local job opportunities for people in need of a dignified path out of poverty.”
”We are thrilled to be on the forefront of this exciting collaboration with Goodwill and encourage other commercial property owners and managers to join us in this win-win partnership that serves as a great amenity for building tenants as well as benefit our community at large,” said Eileen Kong, Senior Portfolio Manager, Kilroy Realty.
As part of the Zero Textile Waste Awareness Campaign, funded, in part, by a grant from the San Francisco Department of the Environment, the goBIN™ will help drive greater public awareness of the environmental degradation caused by textile waste and guide San Franciscans toward a new habit of donating their textiles instead of trashing them.
“San Francisco can achieve Zero Waste thanks to partners like San Francisco Goodwill and Kilroy Realty,” said Debbie Raphael, Director San Francisco Department of the Environment. “The goBIN™ system makes it convenient and fun for tenants and work colleagues to recycle unwanted clothes and shoes and other textiles instead of sending them to the landfill.”
On average, each American sends an astonishing 70 pounds of textiles to the dump every year. In San Francisco, that translates to 4,500 pounds of textiles entering our landfills every hour, making up 5% of the total volume of waste. The goBIN™ will help the city meet its ambitious “Zero Waste by 2020” goals.
Frog Design, the San Francisco-based product strategy and design firm, developed the goBIN™ design, collaborating with the SFGoodwill on a pro-bono basis. Said Creative Director Peter Michaelian, “We were inspired by the idea of creating a bin that added to the character of a building while providing great concierge service. The form factor is friendly, while tech features offer additional touch-points to the user experience.”
Using a QR code on the goBIN™, donors will access an online donation tax form and learn more about how their donation is helping put local people in need back to work through Goodwill’s job training and placement programs. A sensor inside the goBIN™ pings Goodwill for pick-up when it reaches two-thirds capacity, ensuring that the bin will never overflow. An internal rolling cart system will enable Goodwill drivers to service the goBIN® in less than five minutes per trip.
“This exciting partnership demonstrates our commitment to making a positive environmental impact,” said Steve DiNardo, Entercom San Francisco Market Vice President and General Manager and 201 3rd Street commercial tenant. “Our collective efforts will educate the public on how donated textile can be diverted from landfills and reused for a good cause.”
Learn more about the goBIN™ here.