Blue Star Recyclers is expanding our mission of creating local jobs for people with autism and other disabilities by opening a new facility in Denver, CO in just a few months. Like our operations in Colorado Springs, we will provide certified electronics and bulb recycling, and hard drive shredding services for businesses and residents in the Denver area.
Blue Star Recyclers will be sharing space with two outstanding organizations, Energy Resource Center and Mile High Youth Corps, to form the "Social Enterprise Factory", where together we will create up to 100 jobs in Denver for people with various barriers to employment. A story in the Colorado Springs Gazette explains more about this expansion.
A special segment in the 9 News Sunday evening program shared how Blue Star Recyclers achieved success through employing people with autism and other disabilities. The story described how some people with autism have special skills like a propensity for systematic work and repetitive tasks that make them star performers in disassembling electronics for ethical recycling. Leigh Schilling talked about achieving goals and how she feels respected for her work at Blue Star Recyclers. Read or view the entire segment.
Colorado Public Radio's Andrea Dukakis interviewed Blue Star Recycler employees for a Colorado Matters story that aired on July 9, 2014. The story explains how people with autism deliver outstanding job performance when their skills are matched to their work. The entire interview can be heard on CPR.
Coloradobiz magazine is known for its profiles of leading companies in Denver and across the state. No we haven't installed a cappuccino machine! But the CObiz article profiled successful companies that offer great "perks" and more than a paycheck to ensure they have the best employees. Blue Star Recyclers was recognized for the sense of community it creates among all employees, including those with autism and other disAbilities. See Blue Star's story.
Blue Star Recyclers received the coveted 2014 State of Colorado Ethics award from the Colorado Ethics in Business Alliance (CEBA). To recognize this honor, on May 6, 2014 the Colorado House of Representatives issued a commendation in the General Assembly to Blue Star Recyclers. The commendation credits Blue Star Recyclers for creating jobs for people with disAbilities, ethically recycling over 5 million pounds of electronics, while generating local revenue and saving taxpayers over $1 million. The award was presented to Blue Star Recyclers co-founders Tony Fagnant and Bill Morris at the annual CEBA awards luncheon.