A northwest suburban mom started a small electronics recycling business that has given people with disabilities jobs.
Since October 2007, Recycling Avenue has sold over 1,500 items. It’s a growing and successful business that is doing something good for both the environment and disabled community.
“We collect the recycles, the recyclable items and then we sell them, some of them on eBay,” said Silvia Campone.
Recycling avenue was created by Campone.
“People donate any cell phones, laptops, digital cameras and cartridge,” Campone said.
“When we clean those phones out, we wipe out the phone numbers and sell them on eBay,” said Campone.
Campone started the business to help her son Gregory. He has cerebral palsy.
“When he left the school system in 2002 there was not a lot for him to do,” said Campone.
The business is located at Avenues to Independence, a not-for-profit organization serving people with disabilities.
“They give us all this square footage and we service them,” Campone said.
Screenshot from Recycling Avenue