Jobs for the boys…and girls!

Calling all Merton Pupils – do you have an eye for design? Are you creative with colour? Enter Merton Council’s competition to design an advert encouraging residents to recycle at Christmas and you could see your work published across the borough.

The competition, which is open to all primary schools in Merton, is part of a number of initiatives the council is running to promote waste education in the boroughs schools. It also coincides with the national and regional recycling campaigns; Recycle Now and Recycle for London. Prizes will be presented during National Recycle Week – The Big Recycle, from 18 October 2004.

The deadline for entries is Friday 1 October 2004. All adverts should be designed on A4 portrait paper, suitable for scanning and sent with an entry form. The winning advert will be used on the back cover of the Christmas issue of the council’s magazine, My Merton, which is delivered to all households in the borough.

The winner will also be invited to a presentation with the Mayor of Merton, Councillor Margaret Brierly, where they will receive a framed copy of their poster, a winners certificate and other goodies. Runners up will also receive certificates and recycling packs to reward their efforts.

Councillor Linda Kirby, Merton Council’s Cabinet Member for Environmental Quality, said: “We hope the competition will help to educate children of the importance of recycling as well as providing them with the chance to show off their creative and artistic skills.”

Entry forms should be available from all primary schools or by contacting Elissa Middleton on 020 8545 4093 or email