School art competition to discover creative visions for Newcastle’s sustainable waste future

The City of Newcastle is inviting school children to share their visions for a circular economy in an art competition launched today to promote sustainability and resource recovery.

The winning works will be featured on two waste collection trucks and numerous public bins across the city, with the art competition designed to encourage conversations around repairing, recycling and reusing resources.

Newcastle Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes says the community will soon have a chance to have their say on Newcastle City’s own vision for resource recovery, with councilors due to vote this month to place the draft sustainable waste management strategy on public display.

“With the Summerhill Waste Management Center at its heart, our sustainable waste strategy will provide a best practice model for waste, recycling and resource recovery while playing a key role in the region’s capacity to meet the future objectives of the Federal Government and of New South Wales”, Cr said Nelmes.

“The draft strategy emphasizes increased diversion and the circular economy, envisioning a modernized Summerhill that will become a regional resource recovery hub to maximize the value of materials in residents’ yellow and green bins and to reduce what ends up in landfills via their red bins.

“To reduce our impact on the planet and get more value from limited resources, we need to move to a circular economy where we return, reuse, repair and recycle to create minimal waste, save water and energy and keep these materials in circulation even longer.

“This school art contest is a fantastic way to engage the next generation in these important conversations while encouraging broader community-wide feedback on our sustainable waste strategy.”

The competition is open to all schools in the Newcastle local government area, with one primary and one secondary school winners each receiving an iPad Mini and Apple Pencil for their creative endeavours.

All schools represented in the competition will also be in the running to win a workshop from GoCircular, which will help the school become more sustainable by joining the circular economy.

The contest ends on September 23 and the two winners will be announced later this month.

For more details visit www.newcastle.nsw.gov.au/ClosetheLoop

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