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Turn Your E-Waste into Jobs – and Dreams

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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 resources.

Now, the buck can stop right in your backyard: at Blue Star Recyclers. The Colorado Springs non-profit recycles electronics according to the strictest environmental standards and at the same time saves local taxpayers thousands of dollars in a unique, important way.

Blue Star's workforce is comprised almost entirely of people with autism and other developmental disabilities. Blue Star offers this population gainful employment and independence, reducing their need for public assistance.

“Since we started in 2009, we've created more than 30 jobs for terrifically talented workers, produced $3 million in new local revenue and taxpayer savings and recycled more than 7 million pounds of e-waste,” says Blue Star CEO Bill Morris. “It's win-win-win for our community, our team and the world we live in.”

Spring is the perfect season for unloading electronic equipment that sits unused in garages, basements and closets. Why not get rid of old electronics cluttering up your life in a way that's easy, ethical and reduces the tax bill for all Colorado Springs citizens?

Blue Star Recyclers accepts all computers, TVs, monitors, audio/video equipment, small household appliances, fluorescent bulbs and batteries. “Virtually anything that plugs into a wall, we can recycle,” Morris says.

Concerned about privacy? Blue Star recycles personal computers for free, but for a $7 fee a worker will pull the hard drive and shred it immediately, while you watch. “For a small fee, we offer peace of mind that your personal data is destroyed,” Morris says.

Spring is a great time for a fresh starts. Help Blue Star create more local jobs and more savings for taxpayers while you clean out the old and make space for the new:

1. Bring us your old household electronics.

One man's trash is another man's treasure. Blue Star recycles most electronics – virtually anything with a plug. There's a per-pound fee for some items, based on costs associated with recycling certain materials. All money goes directly toward wages for the Blue Star team to recycle and reclaim materials. Download the list of items we accept. Call 855.302.2583 for times and drop-off locations in Colorado Springs and Denver.

2. Connect your business with Blue Star Recyclers.

About 70 percent of Blue Star's recycling volume comes from recycling electronics and fluorescent bulbs and destroying hard drives for businesses, municipalities and school districts. Ask us about our convenient local pick-up service for your company's e-waste. Request a quote online.

3. Support our mission.

Please consider making a onetime or a monthly tax-free donation to Blue Star Recyclers, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit social enterprise. Your money helps pay willing workers a fair wage, reduces your tax burden and makes Colorado a cleaner, better place to live.

Call 855.302.2583 for more information on Blue Star Recyclers' services in Colorado Springs and Denver and drop by our website to read the latest news.

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