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Mother and daugher collect recyclables to pay for wedding

Posted: November 20, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: November 20, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Mariana Flick, 27, left, and her mother Siv Flick move bags of bottles and cans from their driveway to be taken to the recycling center on Nov. 7.

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Siv Flick said her daughter’s wedding dress cost 6,400 recyclable aluminum cans. The wedding invitations cost 1,267 cans and the stamps cost 1,800 bottles and cans. When Flick’s daughter, Mariana Flick, announced her engagement to Jonathan Bello, the question soon became, “how are we going to pay for the wedding?” said Siv. “She always collected recyclables and when I became engaged she suggested we collect recyclables to pay for the wedding,” Mariana said. “I thought it was a good idea. It’s exciting to see what you can get when you recycle. A few weeks ago we took in a large number of recyclables and got $115.” Siv said it took three hours to process the recyclables. “It was worth it,” she said. The project has evolved into a mother-daughter project. “My daughter has been helping collect and really good about going with me to turn in the recyclables,” Siv said. According to Siv it is important to put the bottles and cans through the machine, instead of getting paid by weight, “you get more money by putting it into the machine yourself,” she said. Mariana said what started as a hobby for her mother, is now an obsession. “She started doing it for fun, now we’ll be driving down the road and she’ll say, ‘stop, there’s a bottle we can get,’” Mariana said. Siv, of Valencia, has collected thousands of recyclable bottles and cans toward expenses for the Dec. 8 wedding. She has been collecting the recyclables throughout the Santa Clarita Valley, with schools that host AYSO soccer games offering a gold mine of bottles and cans. “Thank goodness for AYSO,” said Siv. She only collects bottles and cans off the ground or from the trash, she said. “You can’t take recyclables from the recyclable containers,” she said. The couple will be wed in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints’ Los Angeles Temple with the reception held at the Valencia Skycrest LDS church building. “You don’t have to spend a lot of your own money, it can be done by staying green and recycling,” she said. Decorations, lights and other small items have also been purchased with money from recyclables. “We made some decorative lights for the tables by taking recycled jars, like mayonnaise jars, and ‘mod podging’ them and putting tea lights inside, they are beautiful,” Siv said. Word has gotten around about the “green wedding” planned by the Flicks. “A lot of our friends are helping us by giving us their recyclables,” said Mariana. Siv said many of the decorations used for the wedding were donated to the church by a couple from a previous wedding. “We have tried to recycle as much as possible for the wedding, her wedding veil is recycled, she is borrowing it from a friend,” Siv said. “I recycle to save the Earth, somebody better do it.” However, the wedding cake is being donated by Mariana’s sister. “That’s not recycled, she’s making it from scratch,” Mariana said. To donate recyclable bottles and cans to the Flicks call 661-714-9229.

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