On Saturday, March 9, RecycleForce will be at Sun King during their Tasting Room hours (1-4 p.m.) for an e-waste recycling collection. Sun King will have prizes and giveaways on hand for a few lucky winners and the Naptown Roller Girls will be there to join in on the fun.
According to a 2011 national study, 28 percent of all Americans have some sort of a criminal record. Other studies and estimates suggest that as many as 75 percent of us have a family member with a criminal record.
While not everyone serves time in prison for his or her crimes, once one is caught up in the tides of the criminal justice system it is very difficult to escape. Most have no job and no home to return to. Without these foundational elements, the rate of reoffending and returning to the criminal justice system in the U.S. exceeds 66 percent. More than half of all ex-offenders returning to Indianapolis and Marion County end up back in prison.
At RecycleForce, we offer people a second chance by giving electronics a second chance. We are a social enterprise offering comprehensive and innovative recycling services while providing transitional jobs to formerly incarcerated individuals.
We are R2-certified and recycle just about everything, but our primary focus is on electronic waste. We like to say that if it has a cord, we can recycle it!
We collect electronic waste and other recyclables from residents and corporate partners, deconstruct these items, recycle the materials, and dispose of the waste safely and cleanly. The scrap metals and other reusable materials collected in this process are then sold to help pay for life-changing workforce training to support our participants’ reentry back into society.
Since the founding of RecycleForce in 2006, we have recycled more 20 million pounds of material and successfully placed more than 400 ex-offender workers in full-time paid employment. The recidivism rate for these workers has been only 25 percent – significantly less that the local and national averages.
To learn more about the items we recycle and our social mission, please visit us atRecycleForce.org. We hope you’ll stop by Sun King on March 9th and drop off some old electronics collecting dust in your garage or basement!
1125 Brookside Avenue, Suite D12
Indianapolis, Indiana 46202