Salt Lake community turns trash into cash with recycling efforts

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Dozens of community members helped turn trash into cash at a recycling event in Salt Lake on Saturday. It's all for the Oahu Veteran's Center's second annual Aloha Aina Earth Day, which raises money for the center.

Folks could drop off any recyclables ranging from scrap metal, telephone books, and even computers. The benefits of going to an Aloha Aina event is that nothing you donate will make it to the landfill. In fact, every single item will be recycled. According to Rene Mansho, who's the Community Relations Director of Schnitzer Steel, said, "Scrap metal is shredded, and they're shipping it to steel mills, they're melting it to make new metal. Telephone books, newspaper, cardboard, they're shredding it to make oil spill boxes which are sold at local stores, so now we're making local products, so we're supporting a lot of jobs."

The next Aloha Aina Earth Day event will take place on July 16 at Honolulu Chinese Jaycees, then again on July 23 at Kahaluu Regional Park. For the full list, head to

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