Blue Star Recyclers co-founder and CEO Bill Morris is on the road and he couldn't be happier.

It's a sign of success for the local nonprofit that employs disabled adults, training them to recycle electronics that would otherwise be filling landfills.

Blue Star's 42 employees recycled more than 3 million pounds of materials in 2017. They challenge each other, some tearing down 40 computers in a shift.

Blue Star's success in Colorado Springs, Denver and Boulder earned a $50,000 grant to explore moving forward in other cities that might include Austin, Texas; Salt Lake City; Nashville; Omaha and Lincoln, Neb., and other parts of Colorado. These are locations where Morris is headed.

At the annual Star Partners Award luncheon March 13 at Stargazers Theatre, Morris shared that Blue Star was the Social Impact Business for 2017, named by Colorado Institute for Social Impact.

Named as Star Partners were Discover Goodwill, Denver Water, Pueblo City/County Sustainability, Town of Vail, Alpine Waste & Recycling, Pueblo's Mobile Record Shredders, CALM Foundation (Lisa and Chris Tessarowicz) and Boulder's Eco-Cycle.

The 2018 Class of FOBS (Friends of Blue Star) honored were Holland & Hart, Colorado Institute for Social Impact and Rocky Mountain Public Broadcasting.

Named Employees of the Year were Jane Blume and, from the Cherry Creek Schools Electronics Recycling Vocational Training Program, Shane Hayden.

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