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19 January 2024
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Bord na Móna Recycling are thrilled to invite entries to our ‘Schools Upcycling Competition’, an educational challenge designed to provide primary school students with a platform to raise awareness about upcycling as an environmentally friendly practice, whilst fostering creativity and innovative thinking. 

Going beyond waste management by rethinking waste solutions for climate action we are guiding Ireland towards a circular economy, by supporting students in becoming more waste conscious. 

The competition is open to primary schools in the Republic of Ireland, with students encouraged to show their ability to repurpose discarded materials into innovative and functional creations. 

Participants will use materials that would typically be considered waste or discarded items, with suggested project categories including but not limited to; home decor, fashion and accessories, functional tools/gadgets and artistic creations. Entries can be made individually, in teams, or as a class.

The winning school of the Bord na Móna Recycling ‘Schools Upcycling Competition’ will receive a prize of €5000. Furthermore, students from the winning class will receive a guided tour of Bord na Móna’s Lough Boora Discovery Park in Offaly which includes entry to the sculpture park and a field study, including a nature walk and examination of local flora and wildlife. The winning class will also receive a guided tour of Bord na Móna Mountlucas Wind Farm, including entry to its interactive learning hub, a VR turbine tour, and the chance to see a turbine up close.

We’ve all had to change how we think about waste and with the help of schools across Ireland we can continue to minimise landfill, recover resources and help create a more sustainable future for everyone. Through this competition and the introduction of our free interactive schools recycling pack which features fun classroom games, facts, and recycling tips we can show the next generation how they can make a big difference. What could be more important than that?’

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Closing date 1st May 2024.