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‘Recycling On-The-Go’ poster competition winner announced

20 July 2022 : Council news, Community, Environment

Evelyn Stead, 14, from Court Fields School in Wellington has been announced as the winner of Somerset West and Taunton (SWT) Council’s ‘Recycling On-The-Go’ school poster competition.

The competition was launched at the end of last year to encourage more recycling and responsible litter disposal with the introduction of 130 new public litter bins.

In addition to litter, dog waste and cigarette butts, the configuration of the new bins enables plastic bottles and aluminium or tin cans to be deposited separately, making ‘Recycling On-The-Go’ easier whilst out and about within the district.

The competition aimed to inspire secondary school pupils to raise awareness of the new bins within their local communities and to promote their use through the creation of an informative and engaging poster.

The submissions received were assessed by a panel of council officers and councillors, with the winning design announced at a presentation ceremony held at Wellington Park last Friday (15 July).

The ceremony was attended by staff from Court Fields School including Evelyn’s Art Teacher, Rachael West; the Mayor of Wellington, Councillor Mark Lithgow; Executive Members for Climate Change and Culture, Councillors Dixie Darch and Caroline Ellis; and SWT's Climate Change staff, Sue Tomlinson and Franc Parreira.

Evelyn said: “I am inspired by nature. I have experienced its turbulent changes due to global warming throughout my lifetime and it has made me feel that I need to spread awareness about how we can stop these negative impacts on our environment.

“I created my collage by using pictures of landfill sights and tearing off sections of these images. I arranged the fragmented pictures on a sheet of paper to make a background. I then printed off the correct image of the new recycling bin and placed it on top of my background. Next, I cut letters out of paper to construct my title and used acrylic paint to turn it green. Finally, I repeated that process for the recycling sign as the ‘o’ in ‘go’.”

Rachael said: “It was exciting for our year 9 students at Court Fields to have a live brief about something that they feel strongly about, ‘the environment’. When Somerset West and Taunton Council launched the ‘Recycling On-The-Go’ competition, our students got to work creating so many varied and creative ideas for the council poster.

“We are so proud of our student Evelyn Stead winning, especially as several schools in the County took part. We felt that her entry was very imaginative and gets the message across superbly, and it will be great to see her work out and about.”

During the ceremony, Councillor Darch presented Evelyn with a cheque worth £500 towards her school along with her poster, now mounted and framed, which will be used in SWT’s communications to promote the ‘Recycling On-the-Go’ campaign.

Cllr Darch said: “It was a real pleasure meeting Evelyn and to present her framed poster and £500 school donation. Her artwork was chosen from a strong set of entries – it’s visually striking with the use of mixed media and alerts us all to the importance of recycling and caring for the environment.

“It’s really encouraging that young people like Evelyn are so engaged with environmental issues and art is an excellent vehicle for getting across this important message.”

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