Council launches competition for school children to design the side of our bin lorries

As part of our ongoing work to promote recycling, we’re partnering with schools across Barnsley to design the side of our bin lorries.

Four lucky winners of our competition will see their drawings take pride of place on the side of some of our bin lorries that serve our communities across Barnsley.

The full brief includes:

  • Design a drawing to encourage residents to recycle their waste in their brown, blue and green bins and show what should and shouldn’t be recycled in our recycling bins.
  • Your drawing can also include references the benefits of recycling, but this is not essential.
  • Please use A4 paper or cardboard.
  • You’re welcome to use crayons, felt pens, paints and any other craft material.
  • Fill in the entry form.
  • All entries must include name, year group, school, contact number and child’s age.
  • Deadline for entries is Friday 23 February.

The competition is part of a wider campaign to tackle contamination in our recycling bins across the borough.

Currently 6% of recycling collections contain some form of contamination from people placing the wrong things in their bins. The main culprits of contamination are takeaway boxes containing food waste and nappies in the blue bin.

Cllr James Higginbottom, Cabinet Spokesperson for Environment and Highways said:

“It’s important that our residents know what can and can’t go in their recycling bins so we can minimise the amount of contamination we see in our recycling collections.

“Through this competition and the wider campaign tackling contamination, we hope to raise awareness of what items can and can’t be recycled in our borough.

“By doing so, we hope to improve our current recycling rate of 47% and create a cleaner, greener Barnsley.

“I look forward to seeing the entries and the winners take their place on the side of our lorries.”

Any school across Barnsley can enter. See the Ts and Cs of entry.

Please use the entry form to submit your entries.

Please keep hold of your physical entries once you have submitted them using the entry form. 

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