HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- When you see the "Goodwill" sign, it's synonymous with a place to make donations.
But when you see about two dozen citations at the health department, it's clear some people are dumping things, rather than donating.
"Old Christmas trees, broken toys," explained Cabell-Huntington Health Department Sanatarian Mike Stacy. "Vinyl swimming pool liners and that is just, it's garbage."
"If you are doing things and dropping items you know is going to the trash, you are costing us money that is taking away from our mission services," explained Mark Adams of Goodwill Industries of KYOWVA.
The missions of Goodwill go far beyond the things you hear about most like the retail stores that provide jobs.
They offer money counseling, marriage counseling and a whole host of other services.
They even have a recycling program, which is where part of the problem lies.
People see the sign at the recycling facility and think it's an acceptable place to make a donation. The West 19th Street facility in Huntington does not take those donations.
They accept cardboard, junk mail, newspapers, and electronics. The items you typically think of when it comes to Goodwill like clothes and old furniture must go to the Virginia Street location.
Often times those items get left outside the collection bin. When the items sit on the property, they become unusable and unsanitary because of the weather.
Leaders admit some people might just see the Goodwill sign and automatically think it's a spot to drop off items.
Other people are using the facility as an easy way to get rid of trash. It is considered littering. So is putting items in the bins that are not listed on the signs at the facility.
Littering carries a fine of up to $500 and 30 days in jail.
"Some might be confused and some might not, because there are repeat offenders," Stacy said.
Stacy said by calling your local garbage facility, you can learn more about special pick-ups. Some departments will even do it for free.
Most people are doing what is right when it comes to Goodwill donations. It is something the organization appreciates.
To find out more about what and where you can donate or to find out more about the social services programs, click on the link below.
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