18 May 2017 12:08

Eight creative young people from 5 local Lowestoft schools were recognised today for their art work at a prize presentation ceremony held on 17th May at the Household Waste and Recycling Site (HWRC) on Hadenham Road.

The art competition, which challenged the young people aged from 6 to 16  to create new artwork to enrich the user experience for visitors and brighten up the recycling centre, was a joint initiative by Suffolk County Council and FCC Environment who operate the HWRCs on the council’s behalf. It is hoped the new artwork will improve the visitor experience and encourage more recycling.

8 winning entries from 5 schools were selected by Bryn Griffiths, Assistant Director Infrastructure and Waste Resource Management  at SCC and Paul Smith, Contract manager for FCC and the 8 winners all attended the presentation with staff members from their schools.

Bryn Griffiths, said “We work hard across the county to encourage residents to recycle but we wanted a fresh approach and thought that asking the community to design the artwork and messages would be the very best way to get it right! We wanted to engage with our schools and young people and ask for their help in getting the message across. The competition was open to all schools in Lowestoft and we were delighted with the response. There were 217 entries from 7 schools from KS1 to KS4”

The schools that took part were :

Benjamin Britten Music Academy
Brampton CEVC Primary School,
Ringsfield CEVC Primary School
The Ashley School Academy Trust
St Margaret’s Community Primary school
Woods Loke Primary School
Beccles Free School

4 prizes of £100 and 4 prizes of £50 worth of art materials for the school were awarded with the schools able to select the materials they need including coloured modelling clay, watercolour tablets, coloured pencils and crayons.

FCC Environment’s Paul Smith said “Lowestoft HWRC has some 130,700  visitors per year and handles around 7369 tonnes of waste annually, of which 74.5% is recycled on average, so we are hoping that this home grown artwork will be seen by many! The winning artworks will be enlarged onto boards to decorate the HWRC at Lowestoft, both inside and out, and give the place a much refreshed feel.”

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