School children from across the North West will be getting creative this month, as they compete to design a fun new truck livery for food waste recycling specialist, ReFood.
The Widnes plant has launched its ‘ReDesign a ReFood Truck’ competition, following the success of the campaign in Doncaster. The competition will see one lucky entrant’s artwork featured on the firm’s new dedicated waste disposal vehicle and displayed throughout the region on daily collection runs.
Alongside the creative contest, each school participating will receive an education pack; designed to spread the message of minimising food waste and encourage pupils to consider how they can reduce the volume of leftovers that goes to landfill. With advice and engaging lesson plans, the pack will help classrooms around the region reduce their reliance on landfill for disposing of food waste.
Providing food waste recycling services to schools and businesses across the country, ReFood turns food waste, such as peelings and leftovers, into renewable energy at its dedicated anaerobic digestion facility at Widnes. As well as being an environmentally-friendly alternative to throwing it into general waste, the ReFood service is completely circular for the food chain – as the by-product produced is a nutrient-rich fertiliser used to grow new crops in the local area.
Trudi Derbyshire, regional sales manager at ReFood Widnes comments: “Our competition offers schools a great opportunity to get students thinking creatively about recycling food waste.
“As well as encouraging more schools across the region to make the switch to food waste recycling, we want to make the whole process more fun and understandable for the younger generation. ‘ReDesign a ReFood Truck’ is an idea we’ve wanted to do for a long time and will get children involved with a great project that supports sustainability at school.”
The most creative and compelling design will feature on the truck, which will also be named after the winning pupil, as well as featuring a logo of the school they attend. Following the announcement, the winner and their classmates will be taken on a tour of ReFood’s Widnes plant, as well as receiving £500 in book vouchers for their school.
Schools can register their interest and obtain an information pack by calling the ReFood team on 0800 011 3214.