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Couple trawl streets for litter for three months and recycle it to pay for their honeymoon flight :
For most couples, planning the perfect honeymoon is a labour of love. But John and Ann Till, it would seem, have worked harder than most. The couple spent three months collecting an incredible 60,000 pieces of rubbish to gain 36,000 air miles in a supermarket recycling incentive scheme.
Labour of love: John and Ann Till went out and collected rubbish to recycle for three months and earn air miles to pay for their honeymoon
They came up with the idea after noticing that a local Tesco store was awarding one clubcard point for every four items of rubbish returned.
These points could then be turned into vouchers and converted into British Airways air miles, which paid for the pair’s £3,000 business class flights.
Mr Till, 31, a railways communications manager, said: ‘We found the recycling machine by accident when we were buying petrol.
‘We wanted to make our honeymoon special and were trying to think of ways to raise money for it.
‘I saw on the machine that you got a Tesco clubcard point for every four items you put in.
‘For every 250 clubcard points, you get a £2.50 voucher, which equals 600 BA miles.
‘We worked out it would be possible to turn rubbish into our flights – as long as we had enough.
‘We went out most evenings during the spring – we would nip out to the pub and take a long route coming back.
‘We soon found the best places to pick up rubbish.
‘It was mainly things like coke bottles and cans of lager. I was quite shocked to see how much stuff was just dumped at the side of the road.’
Dedicated: The couple demonstrate how they spent the last three months trawling the streets of Hampshire for rubbish
Mrs Till, 24, a merchant navy navigation officer, added: ‘Sometimes we were posting up to 600 items a time into the machine.
‘We would be there for hours putting stuff through the slot.
‘It was snowing one evening and freezing cold but there we were chucking stuff into the machine.’
The couple, from Petersfield in Hampshire, soon came up with ways to gain more air miles.
From Hampshire to the USA: The couple enjoying their hard-earned honeymoon (right) which they paid for by collecting air miles from recycling at Tesco (left)
They began to find abandoned trolleys filled with rubbish that customers had dumped outside recycling machines which had broken down.
Mrs Till said: ‘We had a few lucky breaks. It’s funny how you can get interested and excited about rubbish after a while.’
By May, the pair had reached their goal and were able to go ahead and confirm their £3,000 honeymoon.
They married in August, sailed to New York on the Queen Mary 2, visited Denver, Colorado and Nashville before catching their business class BA flights home from Atlanta.
The flights would have cost £1,500 each had the couple paid for them.
Mr Till said: ‘While it was nice to get the rubbish for the good cause, it was disappointing to see there’s a lot of litter in our town.
‘But it did raise a smile when we were in business class on the flight back to Gatwick to think that the litter louts of Petersfield had paid for the pleasure.’
[ source: Mail Online ]