Curtis opened the first recycling center in Brooklyn, NY, when he was 14. Known as the teenage “neighborhood junk collector,” he collected empty cans, glass bottles, newspapers, and scrap metal, storing them in his basement after preparing them for recycling. Once a month, a tractor-trailer would collect these items. Curtis used the money he collected for neighborhood projects to benefit children in the community.

Curtis has been recycling ever since. Each week, he takes out all of the newspapers from his WABC radio office for recycling. That includes daily, weekly, free, and neighborhood newspapers that Curtis loves to read old-school style. So there is a good chance that the pizza box you bring your pie home in is made from one of Curtis’s recycled newspapers.