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. The build-out construction has begun and we hope to begin operations in Denver by December 2014. 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 Foundry", 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. You can also check it out on NBC's website.
Blue Star Recyclers is proud to announce a very special collaboration with Arts Street www.arts-street.org, a non-profit organization that creates opportunities for young people in Colorado by providing career-based educational programs that incorporate real-world learning, artistic expression, and creative thinking. This summer, four Arts Street youth created large art pieces using recycled materials, to be incorporated into the architecture of our Denver facility. Through problem solving and creative thinking, they repurposed old e-waste materials in order to create interesting, and modern installations. Way to go Abraham, Janey, Mohamed, and Keller!
The Blue Star Recyclers' model of creating jobs for people with autism and other disabilities is so effective we want to bring it to communities across the state and across the country through VERN. Stanley e-Waste Recyclers is a full-service recycling company in New York! Owner Stanley Ekure contacted Blue Star Recyclers to assist in adding a social mission of creating jobs for people with autism and other disabilities. The VERN program helped train Stanley and his management team and then our VERN consultants went to his facility to help with hiring. Thanks to the VERN program, Stanley e-Waste Recycling now employs 5 people with autism and other disabilities. Read more on our VERN.