Wedding dream really recycled
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
RECYCLED WEDDING: Leonie Starr has paid off her wedding with bottles and cans.