Debut for recycling competition winning poster design

Date published: 23 September 2019
Recycling Poster winning entry
Pupils from Parish School with their headteacher Tracey Fulthorpe and Cllr Steve England, Chairman of WLDC

Schoolchildren from across the district got a glimpse of their arty design which has been blown up on the side of a West Lindsey refuse lorry.

West Lindsey District Council organised a competition with schools from across the district to raise awareness of contamination in the recycling bins. The winning design from Parish Church School in Gainsborough, featured a campaign about nappies and was chosen by a panel of judges at the council.

Proud pupils from year 3, 5 and 6 at the school who took part, met the Chairman of the Council, Cllr Steve England to get a glimpse of their competition-winning recycling poster design.

Year 5 Pupil, Ruby explained they had all been learning about recycling in class, and the things they can recycle instead of throwing them away. She said: “We worked together to draw out the design, it was fun”.

Teacher, Sam Wilks from Parish Church School said the children were very proud to see their winning design in place on the lorry. She said: “These sorts of projects make the learning real for the children, gives it a purpose. It also starts them off on the right track with their attitudes to recycling.”

The competition was launched to raise awareness of recycling and help people to make the right recycling choices.

A thank you to all the schools which took part was added to the other side of the refuse lorry, which will be in service around the West Lindsey area for some time.

Councillor Steve England, Chairman of West Lindsey District council attended the unveiling, and praised the children’s efforts: “It was wonderful to meet the schoolchildren and to see how pleased they were to see the design on the lorry. Recycling is something that we should all be thinking about and by starting the conversations at an early age, we will be able to develop good recycling habits for future generations. I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who took part and to the team for organising the competition.”

As well as the unveiling of the design, the children were able to get behind the wheel of the refuse lorry and learn some of the many controls on the dashboard, where the flashing warning lights and the horn were particular favourites.

West Lindsey is part of the Lincolnshire Waste Partnership (LWP) which deals with around 360,000 tonnes of waste per year, most of which is household waste.

In 2017/18,

  • More than 43% was recycled, reused or composted
  • Around 52% converted to energy
  • Less than 5% goes to landfill

The Streetforce lorry was commissioned earlier this year and will be in service around the West Lindsey area for at least the next 5 years, so the children’s message will be seen by many people across the district.

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