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On Saturday, September 8, 2018 the University Laboratory School hosted the Aloha ‘Āina Recycling Drive.
The Aloha ʻĀina Recycling Drives are coordinated by Kokua Hawaii Foundation as part of the 3R’s School Recycling Program and are made possible through sponsorship from Schnitzer Steel Industries and support from other local recycling partners including Pacific Biodiesel, Goodwill Hawaii, T&N Computer Recycling, Interstate Batteries, RRR Recycling Services, Hawaiian Hope, and Honolulu Habitat For Humanity Restore!
Proceeds from HI-5 containers, scrap metal and used cooking oil will serve as a fundraiser for the host school!
Some of the ULS students took some time to reflect on the importance of recycling.
“My family makes sure to always go to the HI-5 recycling place to save money and save the environment. It is a win-win situation. I will now make sure to never throw any cans, beer bottles, or plastic water bottles away in any normal trash can. I will make sure that they always go into a blue bin for it to get recycled. Even if I do not get the money back, it will be saving the environment which is something that money cannot replace.” -Benjamin L. 9th Grade
“This is my first time volunteering at any sort of Recycling Event, and I think I’ll want to do it next year. During the event, I helped wash out the recycling bins, sort out the trash and recycling, and take the caps off of bottles. I learned that even though the rules of recycling are there, not a lot of people actually recycle.” -Maile A. 7th Grade
“We should still think about the oceans, because there will be dolphins, coral, kelp, fishes, sea dragons, pencil fish, mahi mahi, brittle stars, sea urchins, sea cucumbers, humuhumunukunukuapu‘a, zebra fish, seals and more organisms out there that we should be protecting even if any of them don’t catch your interest we should make sure that birds like the albatross are safe too.” -Sanjay S. 9th Grade
Photos courtesy of Mrs. Seki-Wong