Rebecca Leach recycled old material, plastics and cans to create a formidable scarecrow as part of the council’s waste education project, which aims to teach children about recycling in an imaginative and memorable way.
The competition judges took into account how many items pupils recycled and the designs they came up with when choosing the winners.
Rebecca, who goes to Wimbledon High School Juniors, in Mansel Road, Wimbledon, said: ‘Recycling can save the world’.
Michael Chambers and Joe Hewson, both pupils at Liberty School, in Western Road, Mitcham, scooped second prize and won £50 of vouchers for their school. Their scarecrow is already at work in the school garden. All those who took part in the competition received a recycled pencil case and pencil.
Director of Environment and Regeneration Sarah Tanburn said: ‘This great competition aims to teach children about recycling in a fun and inventive way. Congratulations to Rebecca and to Michael and Joe. I wish the scarecrows every success in frightening away the birds.’