Cathcart's Brynn Kidman in the running to win $5000 for his recycling initiative

Bombala Australia Day Environmental award recipient, Brynn Kidman is in the running to win a $5,000 prize for his recycling initiative "Brynn's right on recycling" after the Australia Day Council of NSW named him as one of the 12 finalists to win the overall NSW award.

Hailing from Cathcart, seven year-old Brynn Kidman has been determined to do his part to clean up his town since hearing about the Return & Earn scheme.

Brynn set out to collect aluminium cans and take them to collection points at IGA Bombala and the Woolworth's Store in Cooma and before long he had recycled over 30,000 can with another 12,000 ready to go.

On Australia Day this year, Brynn was awarded the Environment Award at the Bombala Australia Day award presentation and he has now founded the 'Brynn's right on recycling' Facebook page with the mission of encouraging the Return and Earn scheme within the local community.

Brynn has also rallied his family and the wider community to recycle and donate to his cause.

"It makes me feel happy and proud that I may be able to further awareness of recycling and looking after the environment among my peers," Brynn said.

Brynn started his collection program in 2018 when the Return and Earn program was first introduced in NSW.

"I wanted to help clean up the community as well as earn some extra pocket money to go on a family holiday," he said.

Return and Earn, which has so far resulted in almost 1.8 billion containers being returned for recycling, will provide the $5000 prize to support the winner's initiative and to help them achieve their environmental goals.

Brynn said if he were to win, he would use the money to set up a collection bay at his school and also at Bombala High School so that the money from bottles and cans that are collected and returned, could be used to purchase resources to improve education on environmental issues.

The overall NSW award winner will be announced on Wednesday, June 5.