Blue Star Recyclers a 501 (c)3 (Colorado Springs, CO)


  • Name:Bill Morris

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  • Organization Name:Blue Star Recyclers a 501 (c)3
  • Address:100 Talamine Court
    Colorado Springs, CO 80907
    United States

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  • Main phone:719 597 6119

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  • Mission:
  • The mission of Blue Star Recyclers is to recycle electronics and create jobs for people with disabilities.

    We achieve a triple bottom line that includes benefiting the environment through ethically recycling electronics, providing jobs to individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities, and reducing the need for taxpayer support of the persons with disabilities.

  • Overview:
  • Blue Star Recyclers was created out of the desire to ethically recycle electronics and the recognition that some individuals with developmental disabilities, especially those with autism, excel at the type of dis-assembly and separation activity required to ethically recycle electronic components. Blue Star Recyclers and its subdivision the Vocational Electronic Recycling Network (VERN) are e-Steward Certified by Basel Action Network. They are also certified for Environmental Management Systems and Responsible Recycling by Orion Registrar, Inc.

    General Goals of Blue Star Recyclers:

    Goal #1: To ethically recycle electronics and other materials in Colorado and neighboring states for the purpose of keeping electronic waste out of landfills and to prevent environmental pollution that can occur when toxic metals are recycled incorrectly.
    Goal #2: To employ individuals with Autism and other developmental disabilities with the intent of increasing independence, self-esteem, greater work-place competence, and to reduce dependence on taxpayer funded resources, e.g. SSI and Medicaid.
    Goal #3: To establish a self-sustaining business oriented enterprise that meets its social, environmental, and economic mission.

    Blue Star Recyclers is an award-winning 501(c) (3) social enterprise based in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Founded as a LLC in November, 2009, and changed to a non-profit organization in June, 2011. Our mission is the ethical recycling of electronics and other materials plus create local jobs for people with autism and developmental disabilities - a workforce facing over 80% unemployment in Colorado. The jobs we create reduce dependence upon taxpayer-funded benefits, while creating new taxpayers and consumers who contribute to their communities.

    As a social enterprise we are committed to self-sustainability by using business methods to achieve our triple-bottom line (environmental, social, and economic) mission results. Today program service fees and sales of goods and services produce approximately 100% of the funds needed to pay for operational expenses, while outside funding through grants and donations are used to help us create new jobs for people with disabilities by expanding our suite of services at our Colorado Springs recycling operations and our reach into other communities through the Vocational Electronics Recycling Network (VERN).

    Colorado Springs Recycling Operations (CSRO): CSRO is how we achieve our mission directly by providing recycling services to residents and businesses in the Pikes Peak Region and to create production jobs for people with disabilities disassembling and sorting the materials collected for recycling. The CSRO division employs 20 workers (13 of which are people with disabilities). CSRO will create an additional three new jobs for people with disabilities in 2013 through the addition of fluorescent bulb recycling (already up and running), as well as an electronics refurb/reuse program. This division currently is self-sustaining.

    Vocational Electronics Recycling Network (VERN): VERN is how we achieve our mission indirectly, by establishing programs in other communities in Colorado and surrounding states who recycle electronics as a way to meet environmental protection requirements and to create local jobs for people with disabilities. Structured as a producer-collaborative, VERN provides comprehensive program development and ongoing training to insure the self-sustainability and success of member community programs. At present VERN has 6 members outside of Colorado Springs including one in Nebraska who employ a total of 35 additional persons with disabilities in their programs. Currently, the VERN network has not yet reached the necessary number of members and quantity of recycled materials to reach self-sustainability where it will no longer require external support.

  • History:
  • In 2009, Blue Star Recyclers began as the brain child of Bill Morris who previously worked for an agency serving individuals with disabilities and Tony Fagnant, CEO of Qualtec manufacturing in Colorado Springs, Co. Mr. Morris perceived that a number of individuals with disabilities, and especially those with significant degrees of Autism, were especially adept at dis-assembly work. Initially the assets of a failed general recycling company called Blue Star were purchased with funds gifted from Mr. Fagnant. The founders implemented a new strategy focusing on recycling electronics while employing persons with disabilities to disassemble and sort electronic components. The founders intended to reach a status where the organization could support itself totally through recycling electronics.

    Blue Star Recyclers applied for and received status as a 501 (c) 3 non-profit in 2011. That same year the Vocational Electronic Recycling Network (VERN) launched with a $89,786 state of Colorado RREO grant funded project that established the first three ongoing electronics recycling programs in Southern Colorado, including Otero, Pueblo and Fremont Counties.

    Subsequent to the founding in 2009, Blue Star Recyclers accomplished its objective of recycling electronic waste in the Pikes Peak region of Colorado and expanded its contribution to both recycling and employment of individuals with developmental disabilities to communities outside the region and state. The achievement of the mission produced the following triple-bottom line results (social, economic, environmental) in 2012 and 2013:
    • 54 local jobs created (44 for people with disabilities) in 4 Colorado communities
    • Over $1 million in new revenue produced through sales of goods and services
    • Over $500,000 in taxpayer savings from reduced utilization of SSI/SSDI and Medicaid benefits utilized by our workforce members
    • 4 million pounds of electronics and other universal waste ethically recycled
    • 135 community recycling events – which raised over $40,000 for other local non-profits and charities
    • 100% financial contribution from board members
    • $89,786 grant from Colorado Recycling Resource Economic Opportunity Fund (RREO)
    • $95,752.37 in donations and grants
    • $13,746.30 in-kind donations in 2012
    • Two successful fundraising drives –
    o Q2 Moving fund: Over $12,000.00
    o Q4 GIVE! Fund: Over $10,000.00
    o Beanstalk crowd funding campaign for a new forklift: $15,000

    During the years since inception, Blue Star Recyclers received numerous awards and recognitions for its social enterprise and triple bottom-line results. Some of the recognition included:
    - 2010, Business Champion for Diversity and Inclusion from the Diversity Forum
    - 2011, Employer of the Year from ARC Pikes Peak Region
    - 2011, Recycler of the Year from the Colorado Association for Recycling
    - 2011, Excellence in Local Industry from the Colorado Springs Economic Development Commission
    - 2011, Small Business of the Year from the SB/BBB Center
    Most notable recognition was being identified as a finalist for the Whitehouse Champions of Change Award that included a trip to Washington and Bill Morris meeting the president.
    In 2013, Blue Star Recyclers and its subdivision received e-Steward Certification form the Basel Action Network (BAN), thus validating their efforts to recycle electronics ethically.

    Also in 2013, Blue Star Recyclers received a loan of $50,000 from the Bean Stalk Foundation to assist with expanding the VERN network throughout Colorado and nearby states. In addition, the Bean Stalk Foundation has helped Blue Star with publicity and sponsored a crowd funding drive to purchase a replacement forklift.

    Throughout the 2012 and 2013 fiscal years, the Colorado Springs operations attained self-supporting status, but the VERN network serving smaller communities had not yet reached critical size to achieve sustainability. The Board of Directors and leadership continue to pursue growth for the dual purposes of keeping polluting electronic out of landfills and employing individuals with developmental disabilities who typically have unemployment rates of over 80%.

  • Year established:2011
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:9
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  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:509(a)(2)
  • Tax ID:27-5071916

IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:275071916
  • Organization Name:BLUE STAR RECYCLERS
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  • Organization Address:PO BOX 64435
  • Organization City:COLORADO SPGS
  • Organization State:CO
  • Organization Zip:80962-4435
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:June, 2011
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:16
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization that normally receives no more than one third of its support from gross investment income and unrelated business income and at the same time more than one third of its support from contributions, fees, and gross receipts related to exempt purposes. 509(a)(2)
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  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:December, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:December
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  • Asset Amount:$522,011
  • Asset Code:5 ($500,000 - $999,999)
  • Income Amount:$1,668,092
  • Income Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$987,188
  • Last Updated:2/19/2018 9:28:00 pm

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