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Young recycling champion putting school holidays to good use

9News.com.au logo 9News.com.au 10/01/2019 Penelope Liersch

While many 10-year-old's are pestering their parents for something to do these school holidays, Taran Vallentine is tackling waste and feeding the hungry.

After learning about Queensland's container refund scheme, Taran decided he would collect bottles and cans so he could cash them in at 10 cents each.

"At first I just thought it would be sort of fun, and then it became a gigantic thing," he said.

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He's been collecting drink containers at the Currumbin Eco Village for months and so far he's raised more than $350.

The young boy has now decided to donate it to charity.

"I donated it to World Vision and the Multiplying (Gift Appeal) food bank to help people who don't have enough food," he said.

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Taran's dad Byron has been only too happy to take Taran back and forth from the recycling centre.

"Anything that encourages children to take some initiative and do some projects is a great thing," he said.

Taran and his friends are containing to collect containers around the Eco Village, at the Green Marquee markets and from collection boxes at their local café.

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