CBS4 – February 29, 2012
DENVER (AP/CBS4) – Henry Renteria-Vigil, once a welfare recipient, found his riches in the wastelands of Colorado’s landfills.
He did so by starting a company that recycles and refurbishes the old computers, printers and fax machines that languish in people’s homes or end up in state garbage dumps. The first year of business in 2006, Renteria-Vigil’s company made a $23,000 profit, he said. This year, he’s projecting $1.5 million in earnings.
Colorado lawmakers are also seeing the potential in helping carve another niche in the recycling industry, and they’ve introduced a measure they say will help make it happen by banning certain electronic products from going in landfills and directing the waste to be reused instead.