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Winning entries will have a lorry named after them with their artwork displayed on the vehicle.

Mid Devon District Council is running another exciting competition for all Mid Devon primary school children. They would like children of primary school age to enter a drawing which shows what Mid Devon District Council collects as part of its kerbside blue food caddy collection and/or its subscription-based garden waste collection.

Leader of the Council, Councillor Clive Eginton, said: “We have six new lorries that need names and some lovely artwork. All the lorries have a split body where food and garden waste is collected and stored separately. The drawings should give a positive message to inspire people to recycle their food and garden waste. Food waste sent to landfill doesn’t harmlessly breakdown and as it rots it releases methane – a harmful greenhouse gas that is 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide. Food waste collected from your blue caddy is processed into energy and fertiliser. Garden waste is made into compost which is excellent to mix with soil to grow fruit and vegetables.”

The drawings need to be A4 in size and landscape, using paint, crayon, chalk or any other type of drawing material, but not photographs, sorry. They can be done in school or at home but schools may wish to submit more than one entry. However, only one entry per pupil will be accepted and  the decision of the judges will be final.

Other than these rules, pupils can use their imagination, so let the creative juices flow! Good luck!!

The competition entry closing date is midnight on Tuesday 8 May 2018 and winning pupils will be notified by Friday 18 May 2018.

All entries must be posted or delivered to:

Mid Devon District Council
Street Scene Services – Recycling Competition
Phoenix House
Phoenix Lane
EX16 6PP

See the website for full terms and conditions:


North Devon primary schools have until the end of the month to sign up for Schools Day at Goldcoast Oceanfest.

Each year, local children across the district are invited to a day of exciting beach activities in Croyde, co-ordinated and funded by PETROC and North Devon Council in partnership with GoldCoast Oceanfest.

Aimed at Year 6 pupils in North Devon, activities include the coveted Beach Flags competition, mass participation Zumba on the main stage and the code breaker challenge to test physical and mental strength. Schools will also have time to tour the various tents and activities in the main arena.

Executive Member for parks, leisure and culture, Councillor Dick Jones, says: “We are really proud to be able to help deliver Schools Day again this year, with the support of PETROC and the Goldcoast Oceanfest team. Schools Day is all about getting our young people out of the classroom for a fun and educational day outdoors, enjoying our wonderful natural environment. I would encourage all North Devon schools to get involved in this exciting, free event.”

Schools Day takes place on Friday 17 June and schools need to register by Monday 1 June. Although the event is provided free of charge, schools must organise and pay for their own transport and parking.

For more information and to register for the event, schools must email