Ealing Council is asking children aged between four and 16 years old to help inspire local people to recycle more. In return, they have the chance to win a tablet and hundreds of pounds worth of books or equipment for their school.
The council is running an art competition for children that go to school in Ealing. There are two categories; primary school (four to 11 years) and high school (11 to 16 years). The winner of each category will receive an Amazon Fire tablet. In addition, Amey, the council’s waste services and environmental contractor, is donating £150 to each winning school to be used on books or equipment.
As well as the prizes, the winning entries will be displayed on the side of the council’s recycling and rubbish collection lorries and be seen across the borough and will be publicised in the council’s resident magazine, Around Ealing.
The theme for children at primary school is ‘It’s important to recycle because…’ and those at secondary school are being asked to let their imaginations run wild and show us what their recycled world would look like.
Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for transport, environment and leisure, said: “Children and young people care passionately about their environment and the world they live in and recycling is a crucial part of that. We want to give them the chance to be heard and get their message across at home, and to residents across the borough, by designing a picture for the side of our trucks.
“I know it’s going to be really tough to pick the winners as I can expect absolutely fabulous entries promoting this really important message. Have some fun and let’s get more people recycling across Ealing.”
Adam Saunders, principal operations manager for Amey, said: “Amey is extremely pleased and proud to have been asked to contribute funding which engages children at all levels to improve the recycling performance of Ealing. We look forward to seeing the winning designs being displayed on the side of the collection vehicles and want to take this opportunity to congratulate all the children involved in this project, particularly those who go on to achieve the winning designs. Good luck to everyone.”
All entries need to be received by 5pm on 29 February. Full details and an application pack, are available by going to www.egfl.org.uk and searching for ‘art competition’.