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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.
You get excited when you see a hybrid car.
You like the way solar panels look on the roof of a house.
You download music to your music player instead of buying the CD — because it reduces pollution and waste.
You think people who drive Hummers are stupid.
You don’t use bug spray in your home.
You’d rather plant a bush than elect one.
You feel sorry for trees when they get cut down.
You know intuitively than global warming is real and caused by pollution.
You wonder how the people who run Exxon sleep at night.
You’d rather visit a mountain waterfall than a shopping mall.
You know that trout are the "canaries in the coal mine" for water quality.
You’d like to see the OPEC countries run out of money before they run out of oil.
Your mouth doesn’t salivate when you see a deer.
You hunt bears with a camcorder.
You know Cradle To Cradle does NOT involve babies.
You tinker with the power-saving features of your computer.
You invest in green companies even when their track record doesn’t look good.
You are suspicious about Wal-Mart selling organic food.
You don’t scare a snake in your backyard even when you have a shovel in your hands.
You can’t get all the stuff to be recycled into your car when its time to haul it off.
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…a small band of American Airline flight attendants that started their own effort to recycle cans, bottles, and other waste from flights. They gradually enlisted all 17,000 or so of their fellow flight attendants, eventually creating a systemwide recycling effort without much help from top management. Over time, the flight attendants were able to amass $200,000 from selling recycled materials, and used the money to purchase a plot of land near the Nashville airport and donate it to The Nature Conservancy to protect an endangered coneflower.