Magherafelt schools get ready for Make Art, Not Waste competition

Schools across Magherafelt Council are once again gearing up to showcase their creative and environmental flair as they get set to compete in the second-ever RiverRidge Recycling Make Art Not Waste School’s competition.

Last year’s competition was a great success and saw seven talented students from the Ballymena, Ballymoney, Coleraine, Limavady, Londonderry, Magherafelt and Moyle council districts jet off to enjoy an amazing experience at the world-renowned Eden Project Cornwall.

Once again pupils in years 8, 9 and 10 are being asked to use their artistic talent to create an inspiring piece of artwork that reflects that waste can be a resource and reinforce the ‘Reduce, Reuse and Recycle’ message in the most creative way possible.

Last year, Hannah Neely from Magherafelt was chosen as a finalist and then went on to win the overall prize of an IPad. The finalists won a trip to the world-renowned Eden Project in Cornwall as well as a cheque for £500 for their school – Hannah’s school was St Mary’s Grammar School in Magherafelt.

Brett Ross, Managing Director of RiverRidge Recycling, said, “We were overwhelmed by the standard of entries from the schoolchildren last year and cannot wait to see how they interpret the ‘waste is a resource’ theme this year.

“There are so many different ways we can reduce the amount of rubbish being sent to landfill not least in a creative way such as art, and with prizes on offer including £500 for each council winner’s school as well as an iPad for the winning student we hope to see lots of entries this year.

“All schools in the seven council areas should have received all the competition information recently, so kids get your thinking caps on and get to work!”

The competition is supported by the Department of the Environment’s Rethink Waste NI programme and its media partner is Sustainable Ireland.

Entry forms and terms and conditions can be found at and must be submitted by 22nd March 2013.