Protecting the Planet while Providing Jobs for People with Disabilities
Laura Turner Seydel, a national environmental activist and chairperson of the Captain Planet Foundation was keynote speaker at Nobis Works’ March 3, 2012 open house in Kennesaw, Ga. Nobis Works hosted the event to introduce Reworx, its new 150,000-sq-ft Electronics Recycling Facility to the business and consumer communities.
Companies and individuals may discard old TVs, PC components, laptops, phones or other electronics by donating them to Reworx. “The Reworx team has kept more than 6 million pounds of waste out of landfills while creating 71 jobs for people with disabilities and other barriers to employment, all since its launch in June 2009,” said COO Mike Daniels. “The program grew so quickly in its first year that we had to relocate to the larger facility in Kennesaw’s Cobb International Business Park.”
The team provides secure data destruction of information on hard drives using Department of Defense-approved software to wipe the drive clean, or shredding (three-stage destruction) so that all data is permanently removed and unrecoverable. NIST Purge-Secure Erase also is provided, according to Daniels. Customers include BB&T, WellStar Health System, Norfolk Southern Railway, U.S. Micro, Cobb County School District and many more.
Reworx is a social enterprise that provides electronics recycling jobs for people with disabilities & other barriers to employment, while protecting the planet & impacting our community’s economy. In 2011 alone, the program’s economic impact to the community was $961,210 in taxes paid & reductions in public assistance such as Social Security, Medicaid and more.
(l-r) Keynote Speaker Laura Turner Seydel joins Nobis Works co-founders Tommy Nobis and Bobbie Knopf to celebrate the expansion of Reworx (formerly Recycletronics).
Cutting the “green” ribbon to celebrate the expansion of Reworx in Kennesaw, Ga. are (l-r) Nobis Works co-founder Tommy Nobis of Atlanta, president & CEO Connie Kirk of Marietta, Board chairman Michael Crace of Kennesaw, co-founder Bobbie Knopf of Atlanta, keynote speaker Laura Turner Seydel of Atlanta, Cobb County Commissioner JoAnn Birrell of East Cobb and Reworx COO Mike Daniels of Young Harris.
Touring the Reworx facility in Kennesaw are (l-r) New Ventures CEO Dave Miller of LaGrange; Nobis Works president & CEO Connie Kirk of Marietta; and WellStar executive vice preisent and CFO Jim Budzinski of Marietta.