Winners of Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Council’s annual litter awareness poster competition have been announced, following presentations at St Mary's Church of England Primary School, Hadleigh and Freeman Community Primary School, Stowupland.
The winning designs were chosen by Cllr Elisabeth Malvisi and Cllr Jessica Fleming, Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Council’s cabinet members for environment.
Imogen of St Mary’s Primary was presented with her first prize certificate for the winning Babergh design by Cllr Elisabeth Malvisi, Babergh District Council’s cabinet member for environment, on Tuesday 16 July 2019.
The winning Mid Suffolk design by Evie of Freeman Community Primary was awarded by Cllr Jessica Fleming, Mid Suffolk District Council’s cabinet member for environment, on Monday 22 July 2019.
Both schools also received a frog litter bin prize, with five runners up and 22 pupils highly commended for their entries.
The winners’ designs will be displayed on two of the councils’ waste vehicles over the next year, where they will continue to encourage residents to bin their rubbish.
The competition challenges pupils across the districts to think about the environmental impact of littering and the knock-on effects for wildlife and people. By engaging with children of this age group it is hoped they will not become litter droppers of the future.
Cllr Elisabeth Malvisi, Babergh District Council’s cabinet member for environment, said:
“The pupils’ positivity and talent for this competition is inspiring and they’ve really understood the important message we’re trying to promote around litter in Babergh. It’s always difficult to choose a winner, but Imogen’s design captured the message best which is why I felt it deserved to win.
“Raising awareness of littering, the cost and how easy it is to avoid is so important – everyone has a responsibility to stop littering in our district.”
Cllr Jessica Fleming, Mid Suffolk District Council’s cabinet member for environment, said:
“Entries for the poster competition were of an amazing standard this year, which made choosing a winner extremely difficult. The message behind Evie’s design really stood out for me, which is why I chose it as the overall winner.
“This competition continues to play a part in a much wider push to reduce littering in Mid Suffolk and the children’s creativity and enthusiasm makes me confident that our community can really hit back against littering.”
Photographs are available on the councils' Flickr pages