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Ripple Glass partners with Bridging the Gap, seeks volunteers

Ripple Glass, Kansas City, Missouri, has announced it is working with Bridging the Gap and is seeking volunteers to walk neighborhoods and hang fliers on residents’ doors that detail Ripple’s glass recycling program expansion.

Ripple Glass says it has recycled more than 1 billion bottles and jars since 2009 and has more than 100 bin locations in the Kansas City metropolitan region for glass collection. The company also has glass collection bins in in Lawrence, Kansas; Branson, Missouri; and Omaha, Nebraska.

In partnering with Bridging the Gap, a Kansas City-based organization that provides environmental education and volunteer action through more than 1,500 volunteers annually, Ripple Glass says its goal is to spread the word about its expanding glass recycling program. Ripple Glass recently added its purple collection bins at IKEA in Merriam, Kansas; Unity of Kansas City North, Kansas City; and Cosentino’s Price Chopper, Kansas City.

The company is seeking what it calls “Amglassador Volunteers” — volunteers to spread the word about its new glass recycling bin locations.

Ripple Glass explains, “Why BTG (Bridging the Gap)? Well, back in the 2000s BTG received a grant from the EPA (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) to help Owens Corning, Boulevard Brewing Co. and the Kansas City Star be ‘more green.’ At the time, BTG Programs Director Stacia Stelk planted the seed that Boulevard’s discarded glass bottles could become feedstock for Owens Corning insulation. Jump forward to 2009: Stacia was hired as Ripple Glass’ executive director to fulfill her vision of creating one of the nation’s largest byproduct synergy efforts and to launch glass recycling in Kansas City.”

Ripple says its and Bridging the Gap’s roots are “closely weaved together, which seems poignant since our headquarters are on the same floor of the Historic Hobbs Building in the West Bottoms. This close proximity planted another seed in Stacia’s mind: Why not capitalize on Bridging the Gap’s community building expertise and form a partnership to educate residents about glass recycling?”

Bridging the Gap is seeking volunteers aged 18 years old and up to canvass neighborhoods in pairs of two and hang door fliers about Ripple’s new bins located at IKEA, Unity of Kansas City North and Cosentino’s Price Chopper. Volunteers will receive perks for helping, including a free Ripple/Bridging the Gap T-shirt, an invitation to a private party at Boulevard Brewing in October and an “Amglassador Volunteer” pint glass.

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» Publication Date: 14/09/2017

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