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Students 'bigger picture' on waste goes on the buses

Nov 15, 2010
Students from secondary schools in north London will soon see their artwork on display on buses across north London, after winning a poster competition run by the North London Waste Authority (NLWA).

The competition was run in partnership with the seven boroughs in the NLWA area: Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Islington, Hackney, Haringey and Waltham Forest.

It was aimed at raising awareness of waste prevention among young people and encouraging north London residents to reduce the amount of waste they produce.

The winning posters from each borough will be displayed on buses to help promote waste prevention and support the European Week for Waste Reduction (20 - 28 November), which is an awareness raising initiative supported by the LIFE+ programme of the European Commission.

Cllr Clyde Loakes, Chair of the NLWA, said:

"It's great to see such creative posters that really show the waste prevention message.  It's important that we all take action to reduce our waste and the students' posters show the small steps we can take to make a big difference.

"This is the third year that we have contributed to the European Week for Waste Reduction with a number of excellent activities. I'd encourage everyone in north London to get involved." 

Pupils from secondary schools across seven boroughs were invited to take part in the 'waste: the bigger picture' competition.  Their task was to create a poster which conveyed their thoughts on waste prevention.

A series of activities are taking place during the European Week for Waste Reduction in north London.  These include a cooking demonstration at Waltham Forest College, a textiles workshop at TRAID in Camden, a reuse event in Tottenham as well as a series of Love Food Hate Waste roadshows across the seven north London boroughs

To kick start the week residents are being asked to vote for their favourite poster by visiting

The first 50 entrants will receive a free trendy cotton shopping bag.  The overall wining poster will be displayed on the front page of the NLWA website.

For more information on the events taking place visit -


Notes to editors

The poster competition winners and schools are:

  • Maria, Year 9  - Henrietta Barnett School, Barnet
  • Anais, Year 9 - La Sainte Union School, Camden
  • Isabel, Year 9 - Enfield County School, Enfield
  • Rivka, Year 9 - Stoke Newington Secondary School, Hackney
  • Hinal, Year 9 - Greig City Academy, Haringey
  • Sophie, Year 10 - Highbury Fields School, Islington
  • Thivya, Year 9 - Willowfields Humanities College, Waltham Forest

The NLWA is the statutory waste disposal authority for the London boroughs of Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey, Islington and Waltham Forest.

The Authority manages the disposal of approximately 900,000 tonnes of municipal waste per annum - approximately 3% of the national total. This is expected to grow to more than one million tonnes in the future, partially as a result of housing growth.

The eight north London authorities (NLWA and seven Boroughs) have agreed a joint municipal waste management strategy, which includes an ambition for 50% of north London's waste to be recycled and a significant reduction of waste that goes to landfill.

The EWWR, is an awareness raising programme supported by the LIFE+ Programme of the European Commission, which will run across Europe from 20 - 28 November 2010.