GRIST | Watch: How one entrepreneur turns e-waste into jobs for the formerly incarcerated

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If you’ve ever had to dispose of an old electronic, you know it’s not a simple chuck-and-duck. Phones, computers, TVs, and other gadgets are full of metals and other materials that would be dangerous to dump in a landfill. Finding a responsible avenue for recycling them isn’t always easy, either.

Enter Tech Dump (Now Repowered), a nonprofit run by Amanda LaGrange, a recent honoree of our annual Grist 50 list. Her org employs formerly incarcerated people, who are trained in the business of recycling and repurposing millions of pounds of electronics each year. And with its retail arm, that old tech can find a new life.

This year’s Grist 50 features five short documentaries on innovators like LaGrange: emerging leaders — we call them Fixers — who are tackling climate and justice from every imaginable angle. Check out this video to see LaGrange and her tech-recycling team in action.

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