Hero Recycling: Tolono 16-year-old starts recycle pickup service


Tolono, Ill. (WCIA).

When Unity High School Junior, Grant Albaugh, noticed the need for a recycling service in his community, he jumped at the opportunity.

His business, Hero Recycling, serves residents within the Unit 7 School District. Albaugh provides his customers with a bin and will pick up recycling from the curb and sort it, once a week, year round.

“Being self employed… there’s a lot of positive work ethic to be found in that,” says Albaugh. “And just a lot of life lessons”

Hero Recycling accepts:

  • Cardboard
  • Magazines
  • Newspaper
  • Office paper
  • #1-#7 Plastic bottles
  • Tin food cans
  • Aluminum cans
  • Aluminum foil/pans

Hero Recycling does not accept: 

  • Glass
  • Garbage
  • Styrofoam
  • Plastic grocery bags
  •  Plastic toys or plastic items not marked with the recycling symbol. 

“You know the sky is the limit,” says Albaugh. “[I just want to] expand it as much as I can and acquire as many new customers as possible because not only is it benefiting me and the company, it’s benefting them as well and benefiting the planet.”

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