Instead of hauling cans and bottles to recycling centers for money, BottleRocket customers send a text to the company and everything they’ve collected gets picked up at their doorstep. And for each bin turned in, clients can choose a reward of $5 in cash, gift cards or donations to charity. Founded in a UCI dorm room by political science and economics major Arthur Avetisov ’15 and international studies student Brian Leung ’16 (above, far left), the company operates under the motto “You recycle. We pay. Earth wins.” The service, which is rolling out gradually across Orange County, has been dubbed “the Uber of recycling.”

 

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