Blue Star Recyclers was awarded the 24-Karat Challenge Award for 2020, the top environmental award from the State of Colorado. This is not only the second time we have earned this award (first time in 2013), but we are the only recycler of any kind to earn the award. The only other member to earn it twice was Denver International Airport.
Bill, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I co-founded Blue Star Recyclers in 2009 with the Fagnant Family in Colorado Springs one year after making an unplanned discovery: People with autism and other disabilities possess innate skills for tasks involved in the recycling of electronics. After testing the hunch in a disability services provider employment enclave setting, we had positive proof that the high levels of unemployment they face (80-90% nationally) are not due to a lack of ability. It is a lack of opportunity. Read the full article.
Our facility in Roaring Fork Valley is not open to the public quite yet. But Aspen Times let area residents know how Blue Star has been serving the area for a while and how we intend to create more jobs thanks to support from local Rotary Clubs. Read the story.