The Unusual Suspects Recycling competition winners

The Unusual Suspects recycling competition winners

Winners with Mayor of Southampton

Young recyclers in Southampton have scooped prizes in the ‘Unusual Suspects’ recycling competition with their winning creative interpretations of items often overlooked when recycling around the home and when out and about.

Southampton City Council launched the ‘Unusual Suspects’ contest during national recycling week at the end of last year and asked children aged 5-16 to use often forgotten recyclable items such as plastic shampoo bottles and empty aerosol cans to inspire a poem, short story, picture or photograph.
Winners and runners up recognised at an awards ceremony held in the Mayor’s Parlour at the Civic Centre on Wednesday, 18 January which included a short quiz about what can and cannot be recycled.

The Mayor of Southampton, Councillor Cathie McEwing presented award certificates to winners and runners up from Moorlands School, Bitterne C of E School, Bitterne Manor School and Shirley Warren Primary School, with each child also receiving a voucher prize.

A joint entry by children from Rosewood Free School using cardboard packaging, plastic bottles and tin cans to create a large vehicle sculpture entitled ‘Greased Lightning’ was also recognised with a Creative Achievement award for effort and lively artistic expression.

The ‘Unusual Suspects’ of recycling aren’t always easy to spot so if you need more details about what can and cannot be recycled in Southampton then check out our handy A-Z Guide to Recycling.