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Giving E-Waste and Ex-Inmates a Second Chance Giving E-Waste and Ex-Inmates a Second Chance

Giving E-Waste and Ex-Inmates a Second Chance

by Kabira Stokes

August 16, 2013

We are taking a chance on people like Stephen. Stephen came to us after being incarcerated 12 separate times. He is now sober, lives in a halfway house, and is one of our best employees, working in our de-manufacturing department (the department where we take things apart, mining for what’s precious). One day, he was taking apart some cash registers and he started finding cash—some ones, fives, one twenty. He gave them to us and we said, “whatever you find, we will give you a cut at the end of the day.” He continued on, found another five, and then found a $100 bill. He handed it over, and at the end of the day went to our office manager to get his cut. She gave it to him and he looked at her and said, “You know, I think that’s the first time in my life that I have actually been honest.”

That’s what we are doing at Isidore Recycling. Not only are we recovering value from these things that we are discarding from our society, but we are offering the people who are discarded from society the chance to feel valued, perhaps for the first time in their adult lives.

Images courtesy of Isidore Electronics Recycling

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Giving E-Waste and Ex-Inmates a Second Chance