Over 1.5 billion containers have been recycled through Containers for Change in the past 21 months, putting $150 million back into the pockets of Western Australians - including 10-year-old Hudson from Baldivis. 

Hudson has turned his love for the environment into a micro-business. In 2020, he reached out to friends, family, and small locally owned businesses to see if he could collect and return their 10¢ containers. His aim was to ensure every container was given another life… and find a sustainable way to increase his pocket money. 

In just under two years, Hudson has saved an incredible 10,000 containers from landfill, and he’s getting closer to his goal of buying his own boat. He makes sure to get himself little presents along the way, and some for his little brother, too. 

“I love to feel like I’m making a difference, it might only be a small difference but I’m doing something to help the bigger picture,” Hudson said.  

Hudson has always been passionate about sustainability, particularly marine life. Every holiday, whether it’s locally or internationally, Hudson puts aside time to pick up plastic bags and rubbish from beaches to protect his marine friends. 

Hudson’s involvement in Containers for Change was a natural progression from his love for the environment. His mother Lillian could not be prouder.  

“As a parent, I love that Containers for Change started a movement, encouraging the new generation of kids to be more mindful of what happens to our everyday waste,” Lillian said.  

“It’s shined a light on recycling as a whole, and has made kids more curious as to what happens to all these cans, bottles and plastics if they aren’t recycled properly.” 

Hudson has also gained the support of his local refund point, The Exchange Depot. Lillian said the staff and owners at the refund point have become great supporters. 

“It’s a great program for parents to encourage their kids to get involved with. It’s so easy to do and teaches children so many important life skills,” Lillian said. 

“You’re making an environmental impact in a positive way, you’re teaching children to be more aware of the footprint they are leaving behind, and it’s a great way to instil good money habits!”