Curtis Sliwa opened the first recycling center in Brooklyn, NY, essentially by himself, when he was only 14 years old. Known as the teenage “neighborhood junk collector,” Sliwa collected empty cans, glass bottles, newspapers, and scrap pieces of metal, storing them in his basement after having prepared them for recycling. Once a month, a tractor-trailer truck would collect these items. Sliwa used the money he collected for neighborhood projects to benefit children in the community. He has been recycling ever since. Each week, Sliwa takes out all of the newspapers from his WABC radio office for recycling. This includes the dailies, weekly, free and neighborhood newspapers that Curtis loves to read old-school style. There is a good chance that the pizza box that you bring your pie home in is made from Sliwa’s recycled newspapers.