Glass Half Full, a grassroots glass recycling effort started by two Tulane seniors this Spring, is campaigning to build the first glass recycling facility in the state.
"Our goal is to raise $100,000 to modernize and scale up our operational capacity and create the first crowd-funded, sustainable glass recycling, and processing facility in the world," Steitz told Adore.
The program was started by Max Steitz and Franziska Trautmann (recently featured in Gambit's 40 Under 40) over a bottle of wine. They were frustrated with the city's lack of glass recycling, and wanted a transparent and accessible system that also turned recycled glass into something functional: sand and glass cullet.
Through Glass Half Full's recycling process, used glass products will no longer be tossed in landfills. It will be sorted, sifted, and converted into "pure, super-soft sand." With Louisiana's diminishing coast, Glass Half Full's converted glass-product can rebuild coastlines, as well as be used for flood prevention and eco-construction.
The program quickly took off and their backyard operations moved to an Uptown location, and then a new processing facility in New Orleans East. New Orleans residents can recycle glass on Mondays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 3935 Louisa Street in Gentilly, and on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 911 Joliet Street in Uptown.