SouthSTAR Services launches eRecycling
September 11, 2012 12:58PM
The Arc of the United States is launching its “eXplore eRecycling” initiative, which is funded by a $465,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation.
Through the initiative, 10 chapters of the Arc, including SouthSTAR Services in Chicago Heights, will be awarded funds to develop or enhance electronic waste management programs that offer community-based employment opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
“The ‘eXplore eRecycling’ initiative is a wonderful chance to show how individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities can excel in cutting-edge jobs while earning competitive salaries,” said Arc CEO Peter Berns. “By bringing together the disability and the eRecycling communities, we hope to create more employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities.”
“SouthSTAR will build upon its 62-year history of supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to create an electronics recycling service,” said SouthSTAR Services CEO Dan Strick. “(It) will provide jobs for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, while creating an environmentally friendly resource.”
Each subgrantee will be awarded a grant to start or expand his or her electronic waste recycling program. Throughout the program, subgrantees will engage in peer learning and network with one another.
Peer learning will allow subgrantees to share expertise and knowledge regarding topics pertinent to eRecycling and employment. They also will interact with members of an Expert Advisory Committee made up of leaders from the eRecycling, environmental, disability and business fields who will provide knowledge to identify practice and policy suggestions that further electronic waste conservation efforts and competitive employment outcomes for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Provided to the Post-Tribune