Blue Star Recyclers is the vendor used for electronics. Blue Star Recyclers is an award-winning 501c3 social enterprise. Their core mission is recycling electronics and other materials to create local jobs for people with autism and other disAbilities. Your e waste turns into real, local jobs. Your recycling fees help Blue Star achieve over 90% self-sustainability and pay their workers real wages. Blue Star Recyclers provides a 100% solution to two critical problems: less than 20% of electronic waste is recycled and more than 80% of people with disabilities are unemployed. Blue Star receives no government funding, and they keep the income they earn in the communities they serve.
Brite Ideas is the vendor used for light bulbs and batteries. Brite Ideas is out of Glenwood Springs and was launched to provide a mercury lamp collection and disposal service for the state of Colorado after recognizing the need. This service was created for contractors (electrical, general, HVAC) as well as business owners and homeowners to properly dispose of their mercury filled devices and universal waste.
Spring Back Colorado Mattress Recycling is the vendor used for mattresses. Spring Back is a nonprofit social enterprise working to achieve a triple bottom line: people, planet, and purpose. Their mattress recycling process breaks down over 90% of each mattress into individual components (steel, foam, ticking, cotton, wood) and recycles or re-purposes them. Their work doesn’t stop there. Spring Back Colorado’s triple bottom line is to employ the disenfranchised and those with barriers to employment, cultivate environmental stewardship, and work towards social justice. Their program gives employees an opportunity to re-establish themselves and strengthen their path to recovery and prosperity.
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