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Bin smART Competition

'Create while you educate’ and take part in the ‘Bin smART’ recycling competition to be in with a chance of winning a brand new tablet!

Primary school children in the district are invited to take part in the competition by creating a sculpture out of the everyday recyclable items found in their blue bin. It can be a fairy, a robot, a rocket, a car or even a scary dinosaur. There are so many marvellous things waiting to be discovered!

The challenge aims to make children more aware of the items in their blue bin, and enhance their understanding of the importance of recycling and re-using our waste.

To be in with the chance of winning one of 10 Fire 7 tablets, simply create your sculpture out of recyclable materials from your blue bin (see list of accepted materials below), photograph it and send the photos to The most creative entries will be featured on the council’s social media channels and 10 lucky winners will be selected after the competition closes on Wednesday 10th March.

Competition Terms and Conditions 

  • The competition is only open to children who live or attend school in Mid Ulster
  • Only 1 entry per child
  • Sculptures must be made from at least 2 recycled materials found in your blue bin
  • Sculptures must be 3D
  • All materials used in the creation of your sculpture apart from paint, tape, glue or fasteners used to hold it together must be recycled from your blue bin
  • Entries must include the child’s, name, age, school and contact details and a paragraph explaining what your sculpture is and listing the main materials used. It must also include a minimum of 2 photos but no more than 4 of your sculpture
  • Sculptures must be photographed and entries must be submitted electronically to by Wednesday 10th March 2021
  • All sculptures should be age appropriate. Parents can help but it should be the child’s work.

Items that can be recycled in the blue bin:

Please recycle:



Newspapers, magazines, junk mail, telephone books and catalogues


Cereal boxes, egg boxes, post cards, greeting cards, clean frozen food boxes

Paper-based Cartons

Packaging for fruit juice, soup and chopped tomatoes

Aerosol Cans

Please make sure the cans are empty and don't crush or pierce them

Food & Drink Cans

Soup cans, drinks cans, pet food cans and biscuit tins. Please rinse them out before you put them in your blue bin

Plastic Bottles and Containers

Milk bottles, drinks bottles, shampoo bottles, sauce bottles, plastic yoghurt pots, plastic butter or margarine cartons, plastic food trays. Please rinse them out before you put them in your blue bin


Without padding


Glass bottles and jars


Clean foil trays and packaging


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