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12-Year-Old Starts Recycling Business, Donates Profits to Charity

12-Year-Old Starts Recycling Business, Donates Profits to Charity

 

Written by Stephen Messenger

When Sam Klein was still in kindergarten, he became fascinated with the things we throw away. Every week, on trash-collection day, the curious youngster would wait outside his house in St. Louis to watch, talk with, and oftentimes assist the visiting garbage men as they made their daily rounds. It was then, perhaps, that Sam first learned of the ugly realities of landfills — which may be why the now 12-year-old entrepreneur has entered the national spotlight for his recycling business.

ďWhen you throw something away Ö it hasnít gone away,Ē says Sam. ďItís just gone to a different location.Ē

So, for the last few years, Sam has dedicated his free time visiting local businesses to collect their empty printer ink cartridges, an easily recyclable item too often destined for the local dump. Once he gathers enough, Sam sorts them and sends them back by the box-full to the manufacturers, who pay sometimes as much as $200 for the recycled materials.

While his bold plan has shown that recycling can be profitable for both the environment and business-owners, the preteen pioneer never intended to line his pockets. Sam has donated all proceeds from his recycling charity — around $1,000 so far!

ďIt hurts him to see someone tossed aside, whether itís a person or it’s garbage,” says Sam’s mother, Rachel.

Earlier this week, Sam garnered some well-deserved national attention. The story of this recycling philanthropist’s remarkable work was featured on NBC Nightly News — inspiring countless others with Sam’s youthful wisdom and contribution to making the world a better, cleaner, place.

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This post was originally published by TreeHugger.

 

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3:14PM PST on Jan 7, 2014

this kid is awesome!

4:14AM PST on Jan 7, 2014

Go Sam! Gives me a bit of faith in the next generation :)

2:25PM PST on Jan 22, 2013

I feel the same way Sam.I realized long ago that just because it's out of sight does not mean it is out of mind.

3:07PM PST on Jan 14, 2013

Thank you TreeHugger, for Sharing this!

10:47AM PDT on Sep 7, 2012

What a good example!!!!!!!!!

9:06PM PDT on Sep 1, 2012

This is so great! Sam you are such an inspiration.

7:43PM PDT on Aug 27, 2012

Sam is now one of my heroes!!!

12:08PM PDT on Aug 27, 2012

thanks.

3:25AM PDT on Aug 27, 2012

What an amazing young man! Truly inspirational.

8:35PM PDT on Jun 11, 2012

what an awesome kid!!!

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