A PUPIL from Micklands Primary School has been named the winner of a competition to design a mascot to promote recycling in the borough.
Nine primary schools took part in the project and the council received 283 individual entries from pupils.
Seven-year-old Tom Barrs took first place and wins tickets to The Hexagon pantomime Snow White and Micklands school, in Caversham, will receive £500 to spend on a ‘green’ project.
Tom’s winning design incorporated a red recycling bin with a cardboard box for a head and bottles for arms. He was presented with his prize at a special assembly on 1st December.
The mascot, called Sir Recyclelot, will be used in future publicity by the council to help it achieve its 50 per cent recycling target by 2020.
Entries were judged by Reading’s Lead Councillor for Neighbourhoods Cllr Liz Terry, competition organiser Alice Layzell and Kate Powell from Jelly Arts Studio.
The judges also selected two runners up; Phoebe Corp, from Caversham Park Primary School, and Haris Faslic, from Meadow Park Academy, in Tilehurst, both aged eight. They will receive certificates.
Cllr Terry said:
“We received some fabulous entries for the recycling mascot competition and we thoroughly enjoyed looking through them.
“The winning entry by Tom really stood out and I think it will look great in the council’s future campaigns to promote recycling.”
Since the competition was launched in September the council’s waste and recycling team have visited eight schools and provided a mixture of assemblies and classroom sessions. Schools still have the opportunity to host recycling sessions by contacting: email@example.com.