HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – Thirteen-year-old Genshu Price is a recycling wizard. The Punaluu teenager started doing this three years ago at the insistence of his father.
“It was my father’s idea to collect cans and bottles to help finance my tuition,” he said.
But that idea became something much bigger – a campaign by Genshu called Bottles4College.
“After a while we thought we could branch it off and do it for other students. That way it can be bigger, ”he said. “It could help so many people.”
He wants to use the money from his recycling work to get other kids through school and his efforts are picking up speed.
With the help of his parents, most days of the week are devoted to collecting bottles and cans and dropping them off at Reynolds recycling centers.
“At the beginning of this year, I think we were excited that a pick-up truck was full. And now we’re filling the van ”, says his mother Maria.
He gets recyclables from donors all over Oahu.
The largest shipments come from Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii’s clean-up operations and its drop-off depots in King Intermediate, Mililani Uka Elementary, Kualoa Ranch, and other locations.
“We recycled at least 5,000 pounds in those six months,” said Genshu.
The money goes to his Bottles4College account.
He’s also an aspiring filmmaker. He made a short story about his endeavors that aired on Olelo. It presented its master plan.
“It takes 1 to 2 million cans and bottles to send one or two children on a fully funded trip to college,” he said.
The Price family makes Bottles4College a non-profit organization. And they are just beginning to plan the process for awarding a Bottles4College scholarship to a happy student.
“He wants it to be a fair trial,” said Maria. “He wants it to be for students who, regardless of their background, want to make an effort and want this opportunity.”
Given the amount of recyclable materials he receives, he may be able to award his first scholarship next year.
“I’m really looking forward to that. I really want that to happen, ”he said.
He’s also trying to raise money for a van that will be stationed in Windward Mall so people can bring their cans and bottles to him.
To learn more about Genshu’s Bottles4College recycling campaign, Click here.
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