Kansas City, MO (06/11/2018) – Ripple Glass is excited to announce a series of glass recycling “community art bins” to be featured around Kansas City over the coming year.
Ripple Glass sponsors over 100 large purple glass recycling containers located in many Kansas City grocery and liquor store parking lots. Inspired by the growing number of murals and street art throughout the city, some glass recycling containers will be adorned with eye-catching art and will travel throughout the metro.
Michelle Goth, General Manager-Kansas City stated, “Ripple Glass was founded to solve a local issue for the community, to create an easy way for residents to recycle their glass. We are fortunate that Kansas City residents have embraced this recycling program over the past nine years. The team at Ripple wanted to do something to honor the things we love about our home town, and we look forward to rolling out bins that celebrate Kansas City.”
The first bin of the series features Boulevard Brewing Company, the company that gave birth to Ripple Glass. Design by Boulevard Designer, Frank Norton, it features a cartoon version of Boulevard founder John McDonald, as well as iconic Boulevard imagery. The bin will be unveiled at this weekend’s Boulevardia festival before moving to a new location the following week.
John McDonald, Founder of Boulevard Brewing Company, said “Almost 10 years ago, we started Ripple Glass to keep Boulevard bottles out of Kansas City landfills. The program has really taken off, and we’re excited to have this new bin to honor the origins of Ripple Glass.”
Later in the year, Ripple Glass plans to feature on its bins other local businesses, landmarks, and notable people who call Kansas City home. Each will move on a regular basis and will continue to be used for their primary purpose – glass recycling.
Above Left: Ribbon Cutting at Boulevard Brewing Company with Sarah Luebe, Mike Utz, John McDonald, Jeff Krum, and Michelle Goth. Above Right: Original founders of Ripple Glass – Mike Utz, John McDonald, and Jeff Krum, who is also the President of Boulevard Brewing Company
Why recycle glass?
Recycling glass saves energy and boosts the regional economy. It is estimated that recycling glass creates about 10 times more jobs than trashing it. Recycling glass at your business can help reduce the amount of times your dumpster is emptied, saving you some real green. Ripple Glass cleans and processes glass received to enable remanufacturing into new products; new beer bottles, and fiberglass insulation.
About Ripple Glass
Ripple Glass, founded in 2009, is the brainchild of the folks at Boulevard Brewing Company in Kansas City, Missouri. Before Ripple Glass, Kansas Citians threw away 150 million pounds of glass – hundreds of millions of beautiful bottles and jars. The folks at Boulevard finally got tired of being part of the problem. With the support of local companies and community organizations, they came up with a solution-Ripple Glass. Since its launch in 2009, Ripple Glass has more than quadrupled the rate of glass recycling in the Kansas City metropolitan area, and partnered with more than 80 municipalities throughout the Midwest.
About Boulevard Brewing Company
Boulevard Brewing Company is the largest specialty brewer in the Midwest, dedicated to the craft of producing fresh, flavorful beers using traditional ingredients and the best of both old and new brewing techniques. For more information, visit boulevard.com or follow us on facebook.com/Boulevard, twitter.com/Boulevard_Beer and instagram.com/boulevard_beer.