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Just before 10 o'clock most mornings, cars begin lining up outside the Goodwill donation center in Seabrook. 

They’re offering trunks full of treasures, yes, but also perhaps some unsellable, un-recyclable wares that also make it into the bins -- and strain Goodwill's trash bill. 

The day after Christmas is one of the busiest days of the year for Goodwill donations.

After unwrapping presents on Christmas, many Granite Staters will spend time today cleaning out their closets. Trendy Stanchfiel of Goodwill Northern New England, they will gladly accept any gently used clothing, shoes, electronics, or household wares.

"It also helps keep things out of the trash stream," she says, "It is about giving things the ultimate amount of life that they can have."

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Goodwill Industries of Northern New England says it took in a record number of donations in 2017 and is on track to do the same this year.

The non-profit says one factor behind the increase in donations is the region’s aging population. As baby boomers downsize, it seems a trip to the Goodwill is often in order.

Last year alone, Goodwill NNE says it diverted 60 million pounds of stuff from the waste stream.

Spokesperson Heather Steeves says even if those items aren’t sold in stores, they have lots of ways of keeping them out of a landfill.