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Local Teen’s Initiative Brings Hope And Opportunity For A Brighter Future
tax exemption receipts and community volunteer hours. “Bottles4College is also
is to create a system that will collect 2-4 million cans and bottles per year so one to two Hawai‘i students can get a full four year ride to col- lege annually.
looking to partner with schools, restaurants and businesses to be able to not only collect more cans and bottles but to also connect more with the community. We want to be able to edu- cate about the importance of the environment and recy- cling,” says Price.
Price isn’t alone in this endeavor. About 30 volun- teers work together with him to collect items and pitch in during collection drives. There’s plenty to do: col- lecting and sorting cans and bottles by taking lids off, keeping can tabs on or keep- ing bottle labels on. Volun- teers can also drop off cans and bottles to Bottles4Col- lege via a collection drive, depot or pick up. They can also deposit at a recycling center and send the receipt and money via check or on- line payment. As a nonprofit, Bottles4College can give out
(Left) Genshu Price with some of the donations collected for Bottles4College’s most recent drive at Pearlridge Center. (Above) Volunteers help with the drive, during which 93,129 HI-5 recyclables were donated. PHOTOS COURTESY GENSHU PRICE
In 2021, schools such as Lunalilo Elementary School and businesses such as First Insurance Center participat- ed by hosting a Bottles4Col- lege recycling drive.
sources, we will be able to expand more and reach our goal of creating the system of recycling 2-4 million cans and bottles,” says Price.
Uka Elementary, the Kua- loaGrown Market at Kualoa Ranch and at the Lōkahi Kailua Market.
Currently a student at King Intermediate School, Price doesn’t have a specific college in mind yet, but he’s interested in history, sociol- ogy, philanthropy, writing or creative arts, including film- ing and drawing.
also interested in sports like basketball, and of course, Bottles4College. Overall, I want to be a philanthro- pist that will be able to help others the best I can,” says Price.
“This year, our focus is also on grants, monetary do- nations and corporate spon- sorships for our operation budget, especially currently looking for a lightweight box truck. With these re-
In 2020, Bottles4College launched public drop-off depots where community can donate recycled cans and bottles. You can find these depots at King Inter- mediate School, Mililani
“I personally check these depots at least once a week besides the Mililani location which is more spaced out,” says Price. “We also have restaurant and business part- ners we collect from on a regular basis.”
“I may not study all of these in college but I hope to be able to incorporate them into each other. I am
Find out more about how to recycle by visiting bot- or checking out its Instagram (@bottles4college).
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