Winners of our recycling poster competition announced

In a bid to promote the importance of recycling, we’ve been working with HW Martin Waste Ltd, our new recycling centre contractor, to engage with schools across Barnsley. 

Alongside HW Martin, we took part in an initiative to launch a competition with schools to design eye-catching posters to be placed on a range of skips and vehicles in our recycling centres.

Schools across Barnsley were tasked with designing a poster that promotes the different types of materials that can be recycled as well as the journey of waste products. Two winners from Darfield All Saints Primary and Carrfield Primary Academy, were successful in our competition, with their designs now featuring on the new fleet of skips that are used every day by members of the public in our recycling centres across the town. 

On Thursday 16 November, HW Martin and Council representatives visited Carrfield School in Bolton upon Dearne, to award our first winner Lily received her prize and copy of the HW Martin calendar featuring a number of designs from the competition.

On Tuesday 28 November our second Barnsley winner Ruby, from Darfield All Saints, proudly donned her hi vis and hardhat during a visit to the Household Waste Recycling Centre at Goldthorpe with her dad to see her artwork in all its glory on the huge container. Cllr James Higginbottom, Cabinet Spokesperson for Environment and Highways and Senior Operations Manager Andy Baxter were also there to congratulate Ruby. Both winners received a recyclable goody bag containing art supplies and book vouchers.

The competition coincided with HW Martin being awarded the contract to manage four Household Waste Recycling Centres in Barnsley and also included recycling awareness sessions. The sessions were welcomed by the schools as part of their environmental sustainability curriculum, with most schools now having an Eco Lead on the staff team.

Cllr James Higginbottom, Cabinet Spokesperson for Environment and Highways said: “It’s great to see schools across Barnsley engaging with our recycling competition, which is part of our ongoing work to promote and educate young people on the benefits of keeping our borough clean and green. It all contributes to our efforts to reduce our carbon emissions in line with our Barnsley Zero 40 and Zero 45 targets.

I’d like to congratulate Lilly and Ruby’s for their designs, they were eye-catching, showed the wider benefits of recycling and encouraged everyone to recycle correctly.”

Phil Darwin, Director at HW Martin Waste said: “We are really pleased to be awarded this Contract by the Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council. This initiative is an important part of our social value delivery and we are thrilled with the winning designs.”

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