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Local Student Starts Recycling Business

By: Myles Henderson Email
By: Myles Henderson Email

Every year billions of plastic water bottles get thrown in the trash instead of recycled. For one local student the idea of recyclables ending up in the landfill was too much, so he started a business. Local 8th grader Athman Adiseshan has always had a passion for the environment but is now taking that passion and turning it into a business. "I was very disappointed that Albemarle County did not provide recycling services. I also saw my neighbors throwing away items that could have been recycled, just throwing them into the garbage." says Athman.

So he took action, Athman wrote to Albemarle County asking them to provide recycling service. He didn't hear back, so he took matters into his own hands and became an entrepreneur. "Once a week I pick up my customers recycling and I take them to the recycling center." With the help of his mom, Athman's business is growing and his customers are pleased. Mamtha Adiseshan, Athman's mother says, "It just was easy that a young kid would do the recycling for them, instead of them having to lug things back and forth."

Why would a middle school student take on an environmental responsibility like this? His mom says, "I think he was born with a mission to save the earth." He says, "I knew that recycling is definitely better than just throwing it into the trash because you can actually reuse the things that you throw away and to make them into almost the same thing again."

Athman hopes that more kids his age would make a stronger effort to help save and protect our natural resources.
other kids should be more aware of the environment and how people are harming the environment. I also think that it would be more helpful if more kids could reach out to the environment and help in some way.

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