05 Jun '12, 2am

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

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. “When you throw something away … it hasn’t gone away,” says Sam . “It’s just gone to a different location.” 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 manuf...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/culture/12-year-olds-recycling-...

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