Global bin image wins recycling mascot competition

Release date: 16 March 2017

Caption:  Cllr Harris far left) and Cllr Coakley (far right) with all the competition entrants from Powell's School

Buddy, a global bin image urging people to save the planet has been chosen as the new mascot that Cotswold District Council will be using to help increase recycling, reduction of waste and reuse of materials. 

The winning mascot, designed by 10 year old student Poppy from Powell’s Church of England School in Cirencester, was one of three that were shortlisted following a competition initiated by Cllr Tony Berry (CDC Ward Member for Kemble) which attracted entries from several local schools.  Once the shortlist was drawn up by the judges, the public was asked to vote for their favourite mascot in an online survey and the clear winner was the global bin image designed by Poppy.

To mark Poppy’s success, Cllr Sue Coakley (CDC Cabinet Member for the Environment) and Cllr Mark Harris (Mayor of Cirencester and CDC Ward Member for Abbey) visited the school and presented the school with a cheque for £100 for use in pursuing ecological studies. 

Cllr Coakley stressed the importance of the mascot competition:

“Some people will still remember the way that the Wombles of Wimbledon encouraged a whole generation to respect the environment and avoid littering.  We believe we have found a similar mascot to use for environmental campaigns in the Cotswolds.  Buddy can put a smile on faces while encouraging people to increase their recycling, reduction and reuse of waste.   In the near future we will be launching a district-wide recycling campaign and Poppy’s mascot will feature prominently.”

Cllr Harris added

“We are very grateful to all the students who entered this competition. The judges reviewed entries from Fairford Church of England Primary School, Kemble Primary School, Rodmarton Primary School, and Siddington Church of England Primary School, and Powell’s.

“Everyone who took part showed great enthusiasm for protecting our environment and all the competition entrants deserve a huge ‘well done’ for their efforts.  Buddy is an excellent choice, and the two other mascots chosen for the short list (Ticker the Litter Picker designed by Jemima from Rodmarton Primary School, and the Recycle Beast Machine designed by Yang from Fairford Church of England Primary School) also deserve a special mention.”

Teresa Day, Head teacher at Powell’s School concluded:

“We are very excited that Poppy has won this competition and we look forward to seeing Buddy in future environmental campaigns across the District.  Young children are keen to learn about safeguarding our environment for future generations, and the competition has been a very good way to remind them about the local and global benefits of recycling, reduction and reuse of waste.”


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