A primary school pupil from a school in Bicester has had her design installed on one of the council’s bin lorries.

Pupils from across north Oxfordshire unleashed their creativity earlier this year as part of a competition launched by Cherwell District Council to celebrate 20 years of kerbside recycling collections.

The winners were Ava Smith and Mollie Malcher from Christopher Rawlins School in Adderbury and Skyler from Southwold Primary School in Bicester.

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In recognition of their achievement, they received special visits from members of the waste and recycling team this week.

Which allowed them to admire their artwork, now emblazoned on large panels across the two lorries.

Councillor Adam Nell, deputy leader of the council, said: “I can think of no better way to celebrate 20 years of kerbside recycling collections than by adding a dash of colour and creativity from the district’s young recyclers to our bin lorries.

“We asked local schoolchildren to send in their designs based on the theme of celebrating recycling. With over 100 designs submitted to the panel of judges, the two winners are a credit to their respective schools.

“Over the years we have run an innovative recycling service, with the addition of new programmes for complex materials like electronics and coffee pods.

“But in the years to come young people will absolutely be at the forefront of the continued shift to a more sustainable way of living, so it is very fitting to see their passion for the environment captured on two of our bin lorries in this way.”


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This story was written by Matthew Norman, he joined the team in 2022 as a Facebook community reporter.

Matthew covers Bicester and focuses on finding stories from diverse communities.

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