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Momentum Recycling Collaborates With Odyssey House

Press Release

September 11, 2012

Momentum Recycling, a local family-owned recycling services & processing company, has selected the non-profit group Odyssey House to help staff Momentum’s new glass recycling facility. The facility, located near Salt Lake International Airport, represents a major expansion for Momentum. Built using the latest glass recycling equipment, Momentum’s new facility will recycle waste glass from along the Wasatch Front and beyond for reuse as raw material by local and regional manufacturers.

When planning the new facility, Momentum set a goal of integrating community service into the staffing plan; a goal that has been fulfilled by choosing Odyssey House to provide staff. Odyssey House helps individuals that have struggled with substance abuse reclaim their lives and get back into healthy, stable environments through effective treatment, prevention, housing, transportation, work, and other activities. Through its Private Industry Vocational Training (PIVT) program, Odyssey House helps its clients rebuild productive lives by partnering with local businesses that are trying to increase their workforce.

With operations beginning in August, Momentum needed a production staff that was motivated, hard-working, safety-conscious, and reliable. “The motivation and work ethic of the staff Odyssey House has provided has greatly exceeded our expectations,” said John Lair, president and CEO of Momentum Recycling. “We’re thrilled that we can combine our commitment to recycling and the environment with an opportunity to give back to the community.”

Many businesses and Odyssey House clients have realized positive results from the PIVT program over the years. “The PIVT program has been a fantastic workforce solution to multiple businesses such as Momentum Recycling,” said Adam Cohen, executive director for Odyssey House. “Not only have businesses directly benefited from this partnership both financially and by getting a strong workforce, but it also serves as a crucial support to the individuals we serve to ensure long-term sobriety and success post treatment.”

The positive results thus far have been crucial for Momentum. The company has already started to expand the number of workers from the PIVT program, and expects to employ up to ten by year’s end.

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