Recycling can do more than help the environment. The daily crunch of crushing cardboard and buzz of paper shredders are the sounds of a therapeutic normalcy for a group in Jonesboro. “Recycling was chosen to employ our residents because there’s not a lot of cost in startup to recycling. And in addition to that, we wanted to do something to benefit the community and to benefit the environment,” says Ecoworks director LaKisha Miller.
Ecoworks is a recycling and packaging business created and run by Jonesboro Human Development Center (JHDC), a facility which houses people with disabilities. The residents are the workers and, according to Miller, they enjoy it.