Recycling company wants your glass bottles

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Recycling company wants your glass bottles

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by Natalie Podgorski

KTVB.COM

Posted on October 19, 2012 at 3:14 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 22 at 8:50 PM

BOISE -- If you throw your glass bottles away, a local company wants you to stop.

Instead, Sustainable Futures wants to take your bottles and transform them.

Sustainable Futures can take a recycled bottle and turn it into a glass, a vase, even a butter dish.

“We recycle glass and we work with people with job barriers,” said Jodi Peterson, Director of Sales and Marketing, Sustainable Futures.

Sustainable Futures uses glass to get people back to work.

“If it wasn't for this place, I don't know where I would be, to be truthful,” said Dawn Shores, Production Manager, Sustainable Futures.

A few years ago, Dawn Shores was in prison. Now she is the company's production manager.

“I don't even consider it as a job because I am very rewarded at the end of the day,” said Shores.

Her assistant started working there after she'd lost her job and ran out of money.

“I love it here. It is that sense of accomplishment. It is like, ‘God see what we created,’” said Rhonda Edding, Assistant Production Manager, Sustainable Futures.

Sustainable Futures teaches former inmates, refugees and low-income seniors the skills they need to find a stable job.

“Every glass has done something for someone back there,” said Peterson.

Business is growing. Boise's Whole Foods plans to sell the glassware.

“So now we need to make sure we have the raw materials coming in to handle this account,” said Peterson.

So Sustainable Futures is asking for the community's help.

They need bottles -- any wine, liquor, beer or soda bottles. Especially blue, rouge, clear and green.

"We want to grow so we can help more people," said Shores.

This Sunday Sustainable Futures will be holding a glass drive called "Bottles Up" from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. in its parking lot at 5858 W. Franklin Road in Boise.

The company says it is a chance for people to learn about what they do.

Plus, there will be food trucks and lots of prizes.

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