The aisles and shelves in the warehouse at PAR-Recycle Works in North Philadelphia are covered in discarded electronic devices. There are old computers, printers, routers, charging cables, and more.
While this stuff may seem like junk to many, to the people employed at Recycle Works, it represents something bigger — the chance to start over.
“There are still valuable parts in these things,” said founder Maurice Jones, who goes by Q. “There are still valuable parts that are in people that are coming home from prison and jail. We are the polisher of those parts…we show them that there’s still value in themselves, just as in these things that have once been thrown away.”
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