Wed­ding dream re­ally re­cy­cled

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - LIFE - Lacee Froeschl [email protected]­news.com.au

EIGHTY-EIGHT car loads and 50,000 bot­tles and cans later, she’s done it. Her dream wed­ding is fi­nally paid off.

Leonie Starr at­tracted a lot of me­dia at­ten­tion when she came up with the out­ra­geous idea to re­cy­cle 810,000 cans and bot­tles, un­der the Con­tainer for Change scheme, to pay for her wed­ding.

Ev­ery af­ter­noon over the past five months when the clock ticked 5pm, Ms Starr marched out of work to scour beaches and parks for rub­bish. .

“We’ve had so much fun get­ting here,” she said.

“I’ve even pulled over in the pour­ing rain on the side of the high­way to col­lect them.”

Ms Starr said reach­ing her goal so quickly had com­pletely over­whelmed her with hap­pi­ness.

“The peo­ple I’ve met, the love and sup­port from fam­ily, friends and strangers brings tears to my eyes,” she said.

“To know that these peo­ple care about my goals and my fu­ture with my beau­ti­ful fi­ance is just amaz­ing.”

About seven busi­nesses have helped Ms Starr and her part­ner Matthew Porter by do­nat­ing their rub­bish.

Ms Starr said the next step was to book their wed­ding for some­time next year.

De­spite reach­ing the 50,000 mark, she will still con­tinue col­lect­ing up un­til the day they get mar­ried to help pay for the guest ac­com­mo­da­tion.

“It’s more re­al­is­tic that I’m go­ing to hit the 100,000 bot­tles in the year, which is still pretty fab­u­lous,” she said.

“I love see­ing so many peo­ple get­ting in­volved in re­cy­cling and clean­ing up our beau­ti­ful planet.”

I’ve even pulled over in the pour­ing rain on the side of the high­way to col­lect them. — Leonie Starr

PHOTO: WAR­REN LY­NAM

RE­CY­CLED WED­DING: Leonie Starr has paid off her wed­ding with bot­tles and cans.

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