We invite our primary and secondary school community to design an image (for example a logo, a fictional character) to help Council promote awareness and reduction of single use plastics in our community.
The Campaign Image may become the flagship motif for the Council's ‘say No to Single-Use Plastics’ educational and promotional materials across a range of media including websites, social media, factsheets, signs and banners.
Your creative, original design can have words, pictures or figures, but must have a clear message about saying ‘no to single use plastics’ in our community.
With a pool of over $3,000 in vouchers and other prizes available to support plastics awareness and waste reduction in your school, make sure you’re in the running to win.
Mayor of Darebin, Kim Le Cerf says “Reducing single use plastics at school and in our community makes a positive impact on the environment. Get creative and inspire us with your image”. Watch the Mayor tell us a bit more about why it is important to eliminate single use plastics!
You can win book vouchers and other prizes to help your school be more sustainable and reduce single use plastics! The winner of each category wins a personal prize and a prize for their school. There will also be an overall winner. All entrants are automatically considered for the overall prize.
Category (Prep-2, Year 3-6, Year 7-10, Year 11-12).
- A $50 book voucher and a prize for your school to the value of $500.
- A $100 book voucher and a prize for your school to the value of $1000.
Your school can choose from a range of prize options. These include waste education workshops, class sets of nude food containers, visits from the Trash Puppets, worm farms, keep cups, or a class visit to CERES! School prizes are to the value of $500 for category winners and $1000 for the overall winner.
How to enter
1. Check eligibility and entry criteria. If you go to a primary or high school in Darebin then you are eligible to enter. Make sure you read the competition terms and conditions.
2. Choose your category. Which school year level are you in? Prep-2, Year 3-6, Year 7-10, Year 11-12.
3. Prepare your entry (and have fun doing it!)
4. Submit your entry
Entries open Monday 9th October, 2017.
Entries close on AEST 5.00 pm Friday 10th November, 2017. Entries cannot be accepted after this date and every entry must be registered via the online submission form.
All entries must be submitted online and have to be original designs that are created by students only. File size: not less than 1MB and no more than 10MB. High resolution, 300dpi, jpeg, png or jpg file.
For more information about the Image Competition please visit Council’s website or contact an Environment Support Officer on 8470 8556 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Hard copy entries can be accepted. If you wish to submit your image in hard copy, please contact an Environment Support Officer on 8470 8556.
What will judges look for?
Judges will look for creativity, originality and a clear message about saying ‘no to plastics’ in our community. Judges will also consider whether the image is easy to reproduce in a range of media including websites, social media, fact sheets, signs, banners and other ‘say no to single use plastics’ educational and promotional materials. The image will also need to look good both at close range and from a distance, and in colour (multi and/or single colour) and black and white.
When will the winners be announced?
Winners will be announced in early December. More details about the winner announcement will be posted on our website soon. All winners will be notified via the email address and/or phone number provided in the online entry form.
Background information and resources for schools
Every bit of plastic that has ever been made still exists somewhere in the world. Plastic is designed to last forever, yet every day we use many plastic products that are thrown away after a few minutes. Much of this plastic ends up in landfill or as litter in our environment. It is estimated that eight million tonnes of plastic enters the ocean every year where it entangles and is ingested by wildlife.
At Darebin Council, we’re taking action to reduce the harm, waste and pollution caused by single use plastic items. On 5th June 2017, Council resolved to eliminate single use plastic items such as plastic cups, straws, cutlery, food boxes and coffee cups at Council run events and events run on Council land, roads or buildings - such as sports and recreational events and markets.
The school Campaign Image competition invites kids and schools to be part of this important challenge; to think about how we use plastics and to find ways to eliminate the harm, waste and pollution caused by single use plastics by reducing their presence in our homes, schools and communities.
For more information on the other actions Council has committed to, read the full Council resolution on plastics.
For more information about other programs to support waste and plastics reduction in schools please consult the following websites:
For more information about single use plastics and the effects of plastics in the environment…start your search with these great links.
The War on Waste
Plastic Free July
Images and facts
Recycling Plastic Bags
Facts about disposable plastic items, some discussion of alternatives