Hobbs Brook Management LLC, an office space developer in the Boston suburbs, recently held park-wide electronic recycling events at its Waltham and Wakefield campuses, resulting in a collection of 37,212 pounds of e-waste.
Hobbs Brook (HBM) joined with Goodwill Industries of Rhode Island to offer this second annual event to its tenants and employees in Massachusetts. Goodwill was on site to accept donations from park tenants and employees.
“For the second year in a row, Hobbs Brook Management’s participation in our recycling efforts has helped us achieve our annual goal of nearly 400,000 pounds of recycled e-waste,” said Kevin Fisette, director of clothing operations, volunteer coordinator and recycling events coordinator at Goodwill Industries of Rhode Island. “Due to involvement such as theirs, Goodwill is able to train clients for employment in the green industry, provide job training and education for people with disabilities and other barriers to employment, and focus on the needs of inner-city children. It was an enormously successful event, and we’re looking forward to continuing our partnership with HBM.”
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 treadmills 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 endeavors. The third goal underscores Hobbs Brook’s culture of supporting community-based programs and activities, according to the organization.
“Our partnership with Goodwill Industries of Rhode Island has opened the door for HBM employees to support local communities year after year,” said Tom Dusel, president and chief operating officer of HBM. “We hope to continue building relationships such as these in our efforts to promote sustainability and remain an avid supporter of our surrounding neighborhoods.”
Through its partnership with Dell, Goodwill Industries of Rhode Island has become one of 2,220 “Reconnect” computer recycling sites across the nation. Its goal is to recycle between 300,000 and 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 use this operation to support its mission of providing job training and education to people with disabilities and other barriers to employment.