“It’s a dirty job but somebody has to do it” is the motto for Vanis Buckholz’s “My Recycler” business. The slogan is a perfect way to summarize his mission. You might have seen Vanis in the past at the Environmental Nature Center, because his goal is to increase participation in recycling.
My ReCycler started at the Buckholz’s house, but it has grown into so much more. When Vanis was 7 years old, after he learned about Earth Day in school, he immediately began his quest to recycle and pick up trash. Since it’s beginning 3 years ago, My ReCycler has gained momentum as Vanis and other kids continue to pick up trash in their community. He has influenced many of his neighbors and community members.
On January 22, 2013, Vanis Buckholz was invited to present My ReCycler to the Newport Beach City Council, who acknowledged his meaningful contribution to the City of Newport Beach. Vanis demonstrates how determination can result in widespread public participation in community improvement. If you’re interested in learning more about Vanis’ efforts, visit his website, or read articles about My ReCycler in the Daily Pilot and Corona del Mar Today! – Jeff Garrett, ENC Intern