Eastern Montana Industries has been selected to participate in the Pepsi Refresh Project. The project promoted by EMI is for the development of a glass aggregate to sell to the public. The grant will cover the purchase of a glass pulverizer and the necessary operational equipment. This grant will be competing with over 300 other entities for one of ten $50,000 grants. Voting December 1 and goes through December 31, with the top ten projects awarded the grant.
People can vote daily by signing up (account or via Facebook) at Refresheverything.com and searching for EMI or by using the link, http://www.refresheverything.com/eastern-montana-industries
. Those who have text messaging can have an additional daily vote by texting 110778 to 73774. Additionally, for Pepsi drinkers, certain bottle caps have a code which you may enter on RefreshEverything.com. This will entitle you to more votes, anywhere from 5 to 100 additional votes, so please check your Pepsi bottle caps.
The grant video was a combined effort of community volunteers, led by Susan Galbraith. EMI would like to extend special thanks to the video production and talent of Luci Heller.
Glass is a material that can be recycled indefinitely and has many uses. With the glass pulverizer glass can be recycled for use in landscaping, construction or to reuse in bottles. The production of a ton of glass from 100 percent raw materials creates 384 pounds of mining waste. The energy expended to produce one glass bottle can power a computer for 30 minutes or power a 100 watt bulb for four hours.
More importantly, keeping glass out of the landfill will extend the life of the landfill, thus reducing taxes in the long-term.
Eastern Montana Industries is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with a goal to provide people with disabilities the vocational and residential services necessary to achieve their highest levels of productivity and independence in the least restrictive setting possible. Today EMI employs over 130 people and serves 9 southeastern Montana counties. EMI has eight adult group homes that services 48 individuals with developmental disabilities. In addition, EMI provides vocational and community living support to over 170 individuals annually. EMI has been providing these services for over 30 years and has become an integral part of the community.
Published Dec. 14, 2011