BY KATIE - MYGREENPOD, 19 June '15

School kids get creative with competition to redesign a food waste vehicle

School children from across the North West will be getting creative this month as they compete to design a fun new truck livery for food waste recycling specialist, ReFood.
 
The company’s Widnes facility has launched its ‘ReDesign a ReFood Truck’ competition, which will see one lucky entrant’s artwork featured on one of the firm’s new dedicated food waste collection vehicles and displayed across the region for all to see on its daily collection runs.

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Food waste education

Alongside the creative contest, each school participating will receive an education pack – designed to spread the message of minimising food waste and encourage pupils to consider how they can reduce the volume of leftovers going to landfill.

‘Our competition offers schools a great opportunity to get students thinking creatively about recycling. As well as encouraging more schools across the region to consider more sustainable ways of managing their food waste, we want to make the whole process more fun and understandable for the younger generation.’

Trudi Derbyshire, regional sales manager at ReFood Widnes

With advice and engaging lesson plans, the pack will help classrooms around the region learn how to reduce their reliance on landfill to dispose of food waste and increase their understanding of the importance of sustainability.

Energy from leftovers

Providing food waste recycling services to schools and businesses across the region, ReFood turns food waste, such as peelings, leftovers and out-of-date items, into renewable energy at its state-of-the-art Anaerobic Digestion (AD) recycling facility in Widnes.

As well as being an environmentally friendly alternative to throwing waste food away, the ReFood service is completely circular for the food chain, as the by-product produced is a nutrient-rich fertiliser that can be used to grow new crops by local farmers.

Engaging with recycling

Last year, ReFood’s AD facility in Doncaster held a similar competition, which saw one of the site’s brand new collection vehicles liveried with a local student’s creative artwork. With more than 1,000 entries submitted, the competition saw schools from across the region engage with sustainability and food waste recycling.

‘ReDesign a ReFood Truck’ is an idea we’ve wanted to do for a long time and will get children involved with a great project that supports sustainability at school. The most creative and compelling design will be fully liveried on the truck, which will also be named after the winning pupil and feature a logo of the school they attend.’

Trudi Derbyshire, regional sales manager at ReFood Widnes

The winner and their classmates will be taken on a tour of ReFood’s Widnes plant, as well as receiving £500 in book vouchers for their school.

Schools can register their interest for the competition and obtain an information pack by calling 0800 011 3214.