Young Clay Williams from Rainbow Flat is one member of the community who is using the container deposit scheme’s return and earn initiative to kick goals.
Through the collection of bottles and cans to recycle, Clay is saving to achieve his dreams to don the green and gold for Australia’s under 10s Futsal team in New Zealand this October.
Clay has a Facebook page “Cans for Clay” and has so far raised $1840, that means a total of 18,400 cans returned by clay alone.
That adds up to more than $300,000 returned to the local community.
Clay’s hard work is paying off, his efforts even inspiring a number of local residents along with Club Blackhead to jump on board and donate to help him raise the $4000 he needs for the trip.
NSW Environment Minister, Gabrielle Upton said new collection points form a part of more than 600 operational sites across the state, with more to be rolled out in the weeks to come.
“It’s excellent to see return and earn empowering everyone, just like Clay to make a choice, not just to keep their community clean but turn it into a positive,” Minister Upton said.
“There has been widespread community support for the scheme with over 360 million containers returned across the state since December 1”.
If anyone would like to assist clay with cans for collection or a donation they can call his mum Sandy on 0438 323 362.