Apr 29, 2021
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RecycleForce, an Indianapolis e-scrap operation that hires formerly incarcerated individuals, will build a new facility that doubles its existing space. The project will give the organization a permanent home after it has moved several times over the years.

RecycleForce currently operates out of a 55,000-square-foot space in Indianapolis. The nonprofit organization, which describes itself as a social enterprise, is currently planning development of a new facility that will total 102,000 square feet, allowing significant expansion in both recycling capacity and employment.

“It will triple what we’re doing right now,” said Gregg Keesling, president of RecycleForce, in an interview with E-Scrap News.

Keesling said the organization currently processes about 10 million pounds of electronics per year, and when the upcoming facility hits full scale he anticipates it will increase that figure to roughly 30 million pounds.

Beyond the capacity increase, and even more important for the organization’s mission, Keesling said the larger space will allow RecycleForce to expand the number of formerly incarcerated individuals it serves.

Right now, the organization serves about 300 people per year with its re-entry hiring services. After the expansion, he hopes to serve 600 people per year.

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