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  • Recycling Magic: From Old PCs, a New Beginning

    Recycling Magic: From Old PCs, a New Beginning

    From Our Sponsors:For the past six years, a good day’s work for the team at Blue Star Recyclers has centered on destruction: breaking down electronics, hard drives and computers and ethically recycling circuit boards, screws, fans and wires. Now, some seven million pounds of e-waste later, there’s a new job on the line at the Colorado Springs nonprofit: salvaging and refurbishing some of those computers and placing them in the hands of low-income families and children.The p...
    From Our Sponsors:For the past six years, a good day’s work for the team at Blue Star Recyclers has centered on destruction: breaking down electronics, hard drives and computers and ethically recycling circuit boards, screws, fans and wires. Now, some seven million pounds of e-waste later, there’s a new job on the line at the Colorado Springs nonprofit: salvaging and refurbishing some of those computers and placing them in the hands of low-income families and children.The p...
  • 4 Ways Companies Win by Hiring Adults with Autism

    4 Ways Companies Win by Hiring Adults with Autism

    From Our Sponsors:Ian, a recycling tech at Blue Star Recyclers, has his own way of dealing with stress. He spins for a few minutes to calm himself down. And then he gets back to work. Blue Star chief executive officer Bill Morris has a pretty good idea how some employers might respond to a spinning Ian or to any other worker with developmental disabilities. “Young adults with development disabilities sometimes can look different or act different, and it's easy for employers to focus on that...
    From Our Sponsors:Ian, a recycling tech at Blue Star Recyclers, has his own way of dealing with stress. He spins for a few minutes to calm himself down. And then he gets back to work. Blue Star chief executive officer Bill Morris has a pretty good idea how some employers might respond to a spinning Ian or to any other worker with developmental disabilities. “Young adults with development disabilities sometimes can look different or act different, and it's easy for employers to focus on that...
  • Lose Your Old PC, Win One for the Blue Star Team

    Lose Your Old PC, Win One for the Blue Star Team

    From Our Sponsors: Blue Star Recyclers employee Leigh Schilling loves taking apart hard drives. “It's like one big puzzle. Not many people get to say they take apart stuff for fun,” she says. “My record is 175. I always try to outdo my record every single time.” Schilling's impressive record and enthusiasm is illustrative of the workforce at Blue Star Recyclers, Colorado Springs, Colorado, which employs more than 30 adults with developmental disabilities. Since its inception in 2009, the Blue...
    From Our Sponsors: Blue Star Recyclers employee Leigh Schilling loves taking apart hard drives. “It's like one big puzzle. Not many people get to say they take apart stuff for fun,” she says. “My record is 175. I always try to outdo my record every single time.” Schilling's impressive record and enthusiasm is illustrative of the workforce at Blue Star Recyclers, Colorado Springs, Colorado, which employs more than 30 adults with developmental disabilities. Since its inception in 2009, the Blue...
  • Turn Your E-Waste into Jobs – and Dreams

    Turn Your E-Waste into Jobs – and Dreams

    From Our Sponsors: It's not just your closets, garage and basement bursting at the seams with old electronic equipment. Our planet is piling up e-waste at an unprecedented clip, some 41.8 million metric tons of it in 2014, according to the United Nations University. We recycle less than one-sixth of this annual tsunami of global waste: discarded computers, microwaves, toasters, video cameras, washing machines, stoves, screens and lamps that represent $52 billion of potentially reusable resou...
    From Our Sponsors: It's not just your closets, garage and basement bursting at the seams with old electronic equipment. Our planet is piling up e-waste at an unprecedented clip, some 41.8 million metric tons of it in 2014, according to the United Nations University. We recycle less than one-sixth of this annual tsunami of global waste: discarded computers, microwaves, toasters, video cameras, washing machines, stoves, screens and lamps that represent $52 billion of potentially reusable resou...
  • Crush! Shred! Grind! Cut!

    Crush! Shred! Grind! Cut!

    Monday, March 16 2015 1:15 PM EDT2015-03-16 17:15:01 GMT
    From Our Sponsors: Nicholas Moscoso, diagnosed with cerebral palsy and developmental disability at birth, attended special education classes through childhood. As he grew, his mom, Julie, couldn't help but worry. What would his life be like, she wondered? “Nick was quiet and withdrawn. I never imaged he would hold a meaningful job or live independently,” she says. “Often, kids like Nick sit at home.” But Nick, now 30, does not sit at home. As Lead Driver at Blue Star Recycling in Colorado Sp...
    From Our Sponsors: Nicholas Moscoso, diagnosed with cerebral palsy and developmental disability at birth, attended special education classes through childhood. As he grew, his mom, Julie, couldn't help but worry. What would his life be like, she wondered? “Nick was quiet and withdrawn. I never imaged he would hold a meaningful job or live independently,” she says. “Often, kids like Nick sit at home.” But Nick, now 30, does not sit at home. As Lead Driver at Blue Star Recycling in Colorado Sp...
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