WALTHAM, Mass. – May 16, 2012 – Hobbs Brook Management LLC, a pioneer in the development of office space in the Boston suburbs, announced today that the electronics recycling event it hosted for tenants and employees within the Hobbs Brook Office Park in Waltham is the largest that the eastern branch of Goodwill has seen during a corporate sponsored function. Goodwill Industries of Rhode Island was on site to accept donations from park tenants.
“We’ve been collecting electronics from corporate-sponsored events since 2004, but we’ve never seen the sheer volume that we received at Hobbs Brook,” said Edward Balasco, supervisor of recycling & training programs for Goodwill Industries of RI. “Despite the pouring rain, we were overwhelmed by the response. Proceeds from this event will benefit our training programs. We’re looking forward to working with Hobbs Brook again next year.”
Hobbs Brook hosted the event with three goals in mind. The first was to offer a much-needed recycling opportunity for tenants within the park, many of whom packed their cars with everything from televisions, to old keyboards, to bread machines and more. The second goal was in accordance with Hobbs Brook’s GREEN initiative which was formed to promote sustainability across all Hobbs Brook initiatives. The third goal underscores Hobbs Brook’s culture of supporting community-based programs and activities. Known throughout the greater Boston area as a philanthropic company, Hobbs Brook continues to find new ways of supporting programs that in turn support community development, job creation, and the concept of paying it forward.
“I’m extremely pleased with the outcome of this event and look forward to opening it up to our Waltham neighbors next year,” said Thomas Dusel, president and chief operating officer of Hobbs Brook. “Despite terrible weather conditions, we still received electronics from more than 145 people in our park, and collected 37,543 pounds of waste to be recycled. The results of this two-hour event will help Goodwill to continue funding its outreach programs.”
Through its partnership with Dell, Goodwill Industries of Rhode Island has become one of 2,220 ‘Reconnect’ computer recycling sites across the nation, and the only ‘Reconnect’ site in the state of Rhode Island. Its goal is to recycle between 300,000 – 400,000 pounds of e-waste annually and create green jobs locally. Dell originally established the ‘Reconnect’ partnership with Goodwill Industries International in 2004, and since its inception more than 170 million pounds of e-waste has been diverted from landfills and about 250 green jobs have been created. Goodwill employees manage the collection and disassembly of the equipment and the donated equipment that meets the program’s quality criteria is resold. Devices in need of repair are either refurbished or broken down into parts to be recycled by Dell partners. Goodwill Industries of Rhode Island intends to utilize this operation to support their mission of providing job training and education to people with disabilities and other barriers to employment.
About Hobbs Brook Management LLC As both owner and operator, Hobbs Brook Management LLC is committed to providing its tenants and their employees with a reliable and fully functional business environment. For leasing information, please visit www.hobbsbrook.com.
About Goodwill Industries of Rhode Island Goodwill Industries of Rhode Island is a non-profit organization that provides education and job training to youth and adults with disabilities and other barriers to employment, such as chronic unemployment, welfare dependency, low education and limited skills, to increase quality of life and work. For more information, please visit http://www.goodwillri.org.
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