Local secondary schools are getting creative with recyclable materials as they compete to win the Colchester School’s Eco-Art competition. The competition is in its second year and run by Colchester Youth Council in partnership with Colchester Borough Council.

This year’s challenge is to create a piece of artwork made from only waste materials, with an ‘outer space’ theme. Last year the entry standard was extremely high, so this year we expect to again see some creative pieces that are out of this world!
 
Judging will take place at St Mary’s school on Wednesday 20th October 2010. The winners will display their artwork at the North East Area Youth Conference on Friday 5th November 2010 at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.

Councillor Martin Hunt, Colchester Borough Council Portfolio Holder for Street and Waste Services said: “It is great to see that young people are really getting behind this competition. We are committed to ensuring that the area where we live is a sustainable, clean and green borough.

“Incentives like this really encourage young people to get creative as well as consider the environment around them.”

The first place prize consists of litter picking equipment (sponsored by Colchester Borough Council), a commemorative trophy and a certificate. There will also be second and third place trophies and all entrants will receive a certificate.
 
Each school is allowed only one entry; it is hoped that all year groups can be involved, as this project also teaches about the importance of teamwork.