KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Employees at Southeast Enterprises are working hard to recycle your old holiday lights. This year Southeast Enterprises is hoping to collect 24,000 pounds of lights to recycle. Megan Gurera, Business Development Director
at Southeast Enterprises says the project fulfills two goals.
"Most importantly it provides work for our employees and secondly it keeps these lights out of the landfill," said Gurera.
Southeast Enterprises is a packaging and assembly business that employs individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Inside the Kansas City facility, 160 workers package and assemble a wide variety of items and products. Over the next couple of months many of the employees will be clipping and sorting every part of the light strands, recycle each part.
James Strother has worked at Southeast Enterprises for over a decade and enjoys the work he is given.
"I've gotten really attached to my job," said Strother. "The people here are much different from a lot of places. They treat you as yourself, they treat you with respect and everybody here seems to be more like a family than just friends."
Lights can be taken to any Kansas City Metro BancAbility member locations from November 17, 2012 through January 13, 2013. Collection containers will be in placed in each bank. Any indoor or outdoor lights are accepted and 100 percent of holiday lights collected will be recycled. Containers are also located at Raytown, Hickman Mills, and Blue Springs schools.