Recycling competition

Can you help tackle Fenland’s contamination culprits? 

Inspector Blue – The Case of the Contamination Culprits is an aspirational new primary school aged children’s competition which invites pupils to come up with creative ways to help tackle real-life recycling contamination problems.

Recycling contamination happens when items that haven’t been emptied or washed out properly, or wrong items, are put into recycling bins.

It’s a messy business, with the most common culprits being full bottles of liquids, dirty plastic containers and boxes, carrier bags, black bags, pet food pouches and tissues.

Every year, tonnes of valuable recyclables are being wasted and not recycled at all due to these wrong items being placed in recycling bins! This comes at a huge cost – both financially and environmentally – to the Council and local communities.

Now children are being asked to help Inspector Blue solve the recycling mysteries by coming up with ways to help keep Fenland’s blue bins contamination free!

Prizes include a year’s free recycling service for your school, worth up to *£660. Any child living in Fenland can participate.

Download the story and entry form and come up with solutions to three different contamination issues. Entrants can use the template provided in the entry form but are not restricted to it. They can come up with any idea they think might work such as a class video, a TikTok story, an art project, a poster, or a local community event.

Please email entries to [email protected] with the subject header – Getting It Sorted Recycling Competition.

Please also include the following information in your email:

  • Name and age of child/children
  • Name of teacher, parent, carer, or guardian sending the work
  • Name of school or if home educated
  • Contact telephone number
  • Contact email address

Alternatively, you can post your entries to Getting it Sorted Volunteers, Fenland District Council, Fenland Hall, County Road, March, PE15 8NQ. Please enclose a note with the information required as above.

Deadline for entries – Friday 31st March 2023. *T&C’s apply