Children create colourful recycling designs for school buses

This week sees 12 school buses in Norfolk carrying colourful recycling messages designed by local children. The messages displayed on the backs of the buses aim to inspire people to recycle more and reduce the amount they throw away.

More than 300 entries from 13 schools were received in response to a competition.  Judging took place in March and 6 winners were selected, the standard was so high that a further 31 entries were highly commended. All of these pupils have received a certificate and prize.

Jenny Cross, Norfolk County Council Waste Reduction Officer, said: “As one of the competition judges I would say that judging the designs was quite moving. They overwhelmingly reflected children’s concerns about the environment and their wish to encourage us all to recycle more. The winning designs really do reflect this, they were chosen as they had a clear, easy to understand message and were bright and eye catching.”

The buses are visiting the five winning schools so winners, fellow pupils, and teachers can celebrate their success.

Martin Wilby, chairman of the Environment, Development and Transport committee, said: “These colourful designs are a real joy to see and I’m very grateful to each and every pupil who submitted a design as the standard was very high. I’m sure the winning designs will brighten up many people’s days and hope they help people to consider what they can do, even in a small way, to reduce, reuse and recycle a little more.”

Dave Stuart, Operations Director, Transport, for Norse Commercial Services, said: “The messages on the buses look fantastic and are a great credit to our young people who clearly care passionately about our beautiful county.  Norse has been happy to play its part in getting these powerful messages out – I am sure they will strike a real chord with everyone who sees them.”

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