What is BottleWorks
Since 2008, BottleWorks has operated as a free Commercial and Residential bottle pickup service for empties throughout the Ottawa area. As the first social enterprise solely launched, and owned, by Operation Come Home (OCH), this growing project involves much more than collecting and recycling the community's empties. Our operations are simple, and flexible, benefiting all clients, who are equally involved in making our mission possible.
The enterprise itself, and overall social impact, would not be possible without our partnerships with local businesses, the youth employed and the community. Working with hundreds of unique businesses, and employing over one hundred at-risk youth, our project continues to grow and create new opportunities.
BottleWorks employs at-risk and homeless youth to travel to pick-up locations, pick-up, organize, and transport empty bottles to the Beer Store Depot. A social worker doubles as the van’s driver, in order to guide the youth employed during the work experience, and position them in the right direction.
Our team of social workers meets regularly with the youth to set out a social support plan, offer aid with health, ID requirements, addiction counselling, and life skills. This checklist style support plan is completed from the beginning of employment to the end. The program offers flexible positions, from full-time hours, to casual hours, depending on the schedules of those employed. The position is paid, and assists those employed in creating a resume, how to prepare and perform in an interview, and search for jobs.