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Recycling electronics to create jobs for people with disabilities

Julie North

When was the last time that both sides of the political spectrum could come to the middle to not only discuss the feasibility of a program aimed to create jobs, but to use local resources to carry out the program?
At Blue Star Recyclers, meaningful jobs for people with autism and developmental disabilities are created and sustained through the ethical collection and disassembly of old, unused, and broken electronic devices.

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  • Julie North

    What model in a capitalist society has social, economic, and environmental deliverables?

    This model is viable in any place that produces electronic waste and has a community of people with disabilities, a demographic that oftentimes has an 80% unemployment rate (sometimes higher) across the United States (SOCIAL solution). By using existing resources (i.e. broken, outdated, used electronics) that are generated in any community, a business model mirrored to Blue Star Recyclers, helps to create jobs and alleviate the taxpayer burden. This demographic is highly reliant on taxpayer dollars, however, by providing a meaningful and sustainable jobs, they become taxpayers themselves (ECONOMIC solution). All electronics are 98% recyclable; a television has about 14 pounds of lead and mercury embedded in the glass and will age a landfill by 20 years if crushed and dumped. Blue Star Recyclers has diverted more than four million pounds of electronic waste from the local landfills in Colorado Springs, Colorado (ENVIRONMENTAL solution).

    This model CAN be replicated throughout the United States, with a win-win-win solution for all its local communities!

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    Julie North

    • Alessandra Rizzotti

      Hi Julie- your org looks really great. I recommend you add to your About Me in your profile. Also, I think sharing specific stories about the people you help would be a great idea in linkshares. Computers for a Cause recycles electronic waste and donates refurbished computers to people looking for jobs and they do a great job of sharing personal stories: