The free! to visit First Waste Not Want Not event is on Saturday 9 March 2013 at the Town Hall, Conway Square, Newtownards from Noon to 5pm.
If you would like to book a stand please download the Booking Form at the bottom of this article.
A special free-to-enter design a banner competition ‘Have Taste – Don’t Waste’ has opened for schools in the Ards Borough.
Mirroring the Love Food, Hate Waste Campaign which promotes best practice in reducing and recycling food waste, the competition invites schools to design a pan-school banner which raises awareness of how much food is needlessly wasted and to encourage better use and disposal of food.
Backed by Ards Borough Council, Wright Recycling, IKEA and other local organisations, the competition’s winning entry will be professionally recreated as a 3m x 1m outdoor banner and used to promote Ards Borough Council’s food waste recycling message and the school will also receive a garden worth £1000, to include IKEA garden furniture to the value of £250 and a bespoke eco-art installation. Also on the prize list is a one-year school membership worth £75 from Ulster Wildlife Trust, a wormery from Ards Borough Council worth £150, plus advice and help setting up the garden, from planting and harvesting to composting.
Clive Catterson, the Council’s Waste Awareness Officer, said:
“In the current harsh economic climate, when costs are rising, people are very aware of how they spend their money, making the best use of the food we buy makes perfect sense, while reducing the amount of waste that needlessly goes to landfill is economically and environmentally sound. I hope this competition will inspire some great ideas among our school age children and I encourage the schools in the Borough to become involved.”
As one of the judges, Susan Wright from sponsor Wright Recycling is looking forward to the competition and the event. Susan said:
“Wright Recycling are excited to be involved in ‘Waste Not Want Not 2013’ in March. We actively encourage visits from schools to our facility as it is important for school children to learn more about the Recycling Industry. The visits involve a guided tour with opportunities afterwards for discussion which always prompts very interesting and innovative questions from our young visitors!”
“At Wright Recycling we believe that the school children of today will most definitely lead to a more sustainable future for all of us in N Ireland.”
Nigel McGarry, Sustainability Leader, IKEA Belfast, will also be one of the judges. Nigel is actively involved in delivering the sustainability message every day to the many school children who visit the store.
There will also be runner-up prizes and short listed entries will be exhibited before the event at a special exhibition in Newtownards. Further information will be available soon but entry details and form may be downloaded now from www.takesplace.info/wnwn
The competition pre-empts and promotes a new free to visit event, Waste Not Want Not, at Ards Town Hall on Saturday 9 March 2013. This is the first hands-on, how-to recycling fair which brings together artists, crafters, exhibitors and workshop providers to show visitors how to repurpose recycled materials from many different recycling steams. More information on this event will be available online from the end of January 2013.
Northern Ireland's first Recycle "How To" takes place at Newtownards Town Hall and Conway Square on Saturday the 9th of March 2013 from 12pm to 5pm.
Information of Allotments, Growing your own, Community Gardens, Old Skills, Shoestring Fashion, Recycled crafts plus Crafts, Food, trade exhibitors and a bric a brace and preloved Junk Shop plus much more.
For more information call Gill or Ann on 028 9065 6407
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