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Oregon tech recycling firm gets props in People

Wow, People magazine actually wrote about a Green Tech business. I guess our day has come!
Written by Heather Clancy, Contributor

Wow, People magazine actually wrote about a Green Tech business. I guess our day has come!

Anyway, you need a subscription to get to the story, which is part of the magazine's ongoing "Heroes Among Us" feature, so the next best thing is to check out the Web site for this cool company, called NextStep Recycling, which is based in Eugene, Ore.

According to the article, the company's founder, Lorraine Kerwood, has high-functioning autism. She discovered she had a knack for fixing computers while she was studying for her social work and got the idea to start a computer-repair shop that would donate the equipment to schools, community centers and volunteers who help spruce up the computers. Here's the company's official background. To date, NextStep has saved an estimated 750 tons of e-waste and donated around 13,000. Definitely a hero in my book. Way to go, Lorraine.

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