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Hobbs Brooks Collects 32,615 Pounds of E-Waste During On-Site Electronics Recycling Events

Waltham, MA –  Hobbs Brook Management LLC recently held park-wide electronic recycling events at its Norwood, Waltham and Wakefield, Massachusetts and Johnston, Rhode Island campus’ resulting in a collection total of 32,615 pounds of e-waste. Together with Goodwill Industries of Rhode Island (Goodwill), Hobbs Brook was pleased to offer this 3rd annual event to its tenants and employees in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Goodwill was on site to accept donations from park tenants and employees, and Hobbs Brook t-shirts were distributed to participating donors.

“These events are a fantastic help to Goodwill as we place people with disabilities and other barriers to employment into the work force,” said Kevin Fisette, director of donated goods at Goodwill Industries of Rhode Island. “For the third year in a row, Hobbs Brook Management’s participation in our recycling efforts has greatly contributed to our annual goal of nearly 400,000 pounds of recycled e-waste. It was another series of successful events, and we’re looking forward to continuing our partnership with HBM.”

This fiscal year, Goodwill exceeded its annual goal by collecting nearly 650,000 pounds of e-waste.

Hobbs Brook hosted the event with three goals in mind. The first was to offer a much-needed recycling opportunity for tenants within the park, many of whom packed their cars with everything from televisions, to treadmills, to vacuum cleaners and more. The second goal was in accordance with Hobbs Brook’s GREEN initiative, which was formed to promote sustainability across all Hobbs Brook endeavors. The third goal underscores Hobbs Brook’s culture of supporting community-based programs and activities. Known throughout the greater Boston area as a philanthropic organization, Hobbs Brook continues to find new ways of supporting programs that in turn support community development, job creation, and the concept of paying it forward.  Through these events, Hobbs Brook tenants have donated a total of 107,370 pounds of electronic waste over the past three years.

“Our partnership with Goodwill Industries of Rhode Island has opened the door for HBM employees to support local communities year after year,” said Thomas Dusel, president and chief operating office of HBM. “We hope to continue building relationships such as these in our efforts to promote sustainability and remain an avid supporter of our surrounding neighborhoods.”

Through its partnership with Dell, Goodwill Industries of Rhode Island has become one of 2,220 ‘Reconnect’ computer recycling sites across the nation, and the only ‘Reconnect’ site in the state of Rhode Island. Its goal is to recycle between 300,000 – 400,000 pounds of e-waste annually and create green jobs locally. Dell originally established the ‘Reconnect’ partnership with Goodwill Industries International in 2004, and since its inception more than 170 million pounds of e-waste have been diverted from landfills and about 250 green jobs have been created. Goodwill employees manage the collection and disassembly of the equipment, and the donated equipment that meets the program’s quality criteria is resold. Devices in need of repair are either refurbished or broken down into parts to be recycled by Dell partners.  Goodwill Industries of Rhode Island uses this operation to support their mission of providing job training and education to people with disabilities and other barriers to employment.