Blue Star Recyclers

A 501c3 Nonprofit

A 100% Solution

Blue Star Recyclers Provides a 100% Solution to Two Critical Problems

Chart - Less than 20% of electronic waste is recycled. 80% of people with disabilities are unemployed. Blue Star Recyclers is a 100% solution.


Blue Star Recyclers is an award-winning 501c3 social enterprise with locations in Colorado Springs and Denver, and Boulder CO. Founded in 2009, our core mission is recycling electronics and other materials to create local jobs for people with autism and other disAbilities.

Employee with disAbilities seen taking a computer apart.

Our mission to date has produced these triple-bottom line results:

  • Over 40 local jobs for people with disAbilities in Colorado communities
  • Over $4 million in new local revenues and $1.5 million in taxpayer savings
  • Over 12 million pounds of electronics ethically recycled

The growth of volume, revenue, and number of jobs created by Blue Star Recyclers exceeds 30% annually.

Cover of Blue Star Recyclers 2017 Annual Report

Our workforce proves that lack of employment is not related to disabilities but lack of opportunity. Your recycling fees help us achieve over 90% self-sustainability and pay our workers real wages.

  • Aptitude and attitude for careful, detailed, repetitive work
  • Lowest turnover, absenteeism, and lost-time accident rates in the industry
  • Over 98% work-task team engagement while on the clock

Blue Star Recycler's social and environmental deliverables are detailed in our 2017 Annual Report.


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