An 11-year old green entrepreneur — some good news from Virginia.
HILLSVILLE – One of Carroll County’s youngest entrepreneurs, an 11-year-old recycler, received recognition from local government officials Tuesday.
Typically, businesses owners recognized by the Carroll Board of Supervisors have more longevity than 11-year-old T.J. Stroupe, who collects old cell phones and printer cartridges from about 73 businesses and government offices in the Twin Counties for recycling.
T.J.’s mother, Tina, gave him a recycling startup kit for his 11th birthday, which fulfilled his dream of owning his own business, a dream he’s had since he was age 7.
Stroupe has said he would use the money he makes from recycling the e-scrap on his home schooling education and saving up for an acre of land that he and his mother could live on.
Instead of throwing away cell phone and ink cartridges, so they end up in the landfill, Stroupe has convinced more than 70 businesses to turn over their old items to him.
“It’s kinda tellin’ other people, ‘Hey, don’t just throw them away – you can give them to me,’” he said recently. “Every year people throw millions and millions of these things away.”
Cell phone batteries leak in the landfill making them “dangerous to the earth,” Stroupe said.
The recycling business has at least encouraged people to think about what they throw away.
A web site for his company has been posted at http://tjsrecycling.com.