100,000 cans in the bag

A public-spirited Leicester man, who began collecting aluminium cans for recycling less than three years ago, is within sight of his target of 100,000 cans by the end of this year.

Recycling aluminium cansThough “passionate about the environment”, 40 year-old Adrian Ablett’s original inspiration came from supermarket giant Tesco, which launched an initiative to reward customers who recycle with one ‘Clubcard’ point for every two cans collected.

Faced with wage cuts at work and looking for ways to supplement his income, he began collecting discarded aluminium drinks cans from the local streets and redeeming them at his local store. Interest from the local Leicestershire media saw word about his achievements spread and he was soon assisted by others who wanted to help.

Now Leeds based Cromwell Polythene has recognised Ablett’s efforts with the donation of 1,000 plastic sacks, which he says will be of considerable help towards achieving his goal. “Each bag holds 150 or so cans, which is another step nearer my 100,000 target,” he says. “I am so grateful to Cromwell Polythene for recognising my efforts in the local community and for their generous donation.”

Adrian’s contribution to the local environment also extends to Leicester’s Green Lifeboat project, in which volunteers help clean up the city’s rivers and canals. His work has been acknowledged by Keep Britain Tidy, who named him “Local Environment Champion Of The Year 2012” and by Sir Peter Soulsby, City Mayor of Leicester, who organised a local event to celebrate the 50,000 can milestone last summer.

“We’re delighted to recognise Adrian’s ‘can do’ approach and hope he quickly fills all of the bags we’ve donated so that we can replace them,” says Cromwell Polythene’s sales director Paul Fleetwood. “The country needs more people like Adrian, who give so generously of their time to benefit the local community.”