AROUND TOWN: Blue Star Recyclers celebrates a year of expansion

By Linda Navarro Updated: April 5, 2017 at 2:57 pm • Published: April 5, 2017 0
photo - There was fun all around as Bill Morris, right, and Arnie Navarro, left, announced the name of Blue Star Recyclers Business Partner of the Year: Asshole's Garage.
 031517 Photo by Linda Navarro
There was fun all around as Bill Morris, right, and Arnie Navarro, left, announced the name of Blue Star Recyclers Business Partner of the Year: Asshole's Garage. 031517 Photo by Linda Navarro

In a busy computer world, their platform is the recycling.

Blue Star Recyclers celebrated a growth year of creating jobs in electronics recycling for those with autism and other developmental and intellectual disabilities.

The nonprofit's annual awards luncheon at Stargazers Theatre, sponsored by Colorado Industrial Recycling, included CEO and co-founder Bill Morris's description of expanding from one local location to three statewide, the most recent in Boulder. A someday dream could be national expansion, he said.

Morris's annual-report numbers included 40 jobs for those with disabilities, projected to grow to 50 this year. More than 2.3 million pounds of electronics were recycled, 67,000 pounds of hazardous waste diverted and 23,497 fluorescent bulbs recycled.

TheEmpoyee of Year award went to Zach Anderson, Colorado Springs Production Lead who has set a record disassembling 42 towers in 4 hours. The normal goal: 18 towers. Along with his work success he has his own apartment and is a student at UCCS.

Denver Operations Employee of the Year was Alejandro Cabral.

Honored were the FOBS (Friends of Blue Star) Star Partners: Amy Lester, Carol Collins, Sean Hanlon, Merrill Glustrom, and Elise Coonley.

Customers honored were Widefield School District 3, 125,815 pounds recycled, and Nor'wood Development Group.

Blue Star's Partners of the Year honors went to New Horizons Thrift Store in Canon City, Boulder Rotary Club and what Morris called his favorite name of the year, Assholes Garage in Colorado Springs.

The 2017 Founders Award was presented by co-founder Tony Fagnant of Qualtek to board chair Linda Irwin, founding partner of Seecomm Group.

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