A Cup of Inspiration

Coffee cup design competition

A Cup of Inspiration Competition

Coffee cup recycling is coming to Oxford

We’ll soon be installing bins purpose built for recycling coffee cups in Oxford city centre, Summertown and Headington. The bins will be in the shape of giant coffee cups and we’re calling for Oxfordshire residents to help us design them.

We’re asking for members of the public to submit a design which will inspire people to take positive action to address the climate emergency. This could include a picture, poem, message or other visual inspiration. 

The winning designs will be installed on coffee cup recycling bins (shaped like cups) across the city.

What we’re looking for

Entries will be judged by a panel of officers and members from Oxford City Council and Oxford Direct Services.

The judges will use the following criteria:

  • Inspiration – the likelihood that the design will inspire people to make positive changes in their habits to reduce their impact on the environment (e.g. encouraging people to reduce, reuse, repair, recycle, rethink, recover, refuse etc.)
  • Positivity – the positivity of the message
  • Diversity and inclusion – the ability of the design to reach and include the broadest range of people within Oxford’s communities
  • Visibility – how likely the design will draw the attention of the public to its message
  • Logistics – how the design will work with the overall design of the bin including that it may be viewed at different angles

The winning entries will have their design installed on one of the bins in the city and be presented with a coffee cup with their design as a memento.

Enter the competition

By entering the competition, participants confirm that they understand and agree to accept the terms and conditions.

The key points from the terms and conditions you need to know when entering the competition are:

  • Your design should be landscape and A3 size.
  • You must submit a completed application form with your design.
  • The competition is open to all residents of Oxfordshire.
  • Entries are welcome from people of all ages. You may add your age to the application form however the criteria for judging the entries remain the same. See terms and conditions below for how to enter if you are under 13 years of age.
  • Entries can only be submitted between 9am on 2 December 2019 and midnight on 6 January 2020.

Submitting your design

Your design must be submitted (along with your application form) by midnight on 6 January 2020. Your design must be landscape and on an A3 sheet of paper or card or via a digital file of at least 1200dpi resolution.

You can submit your entry and application form to Oxford City Council by any of the following methods:

  • Freepost: send in an A3 envelope marked ‘FREEPOST Oxford City Council’
  • Drop off: Oxford Town Hall, St Aldate’s, Oxford, OX1 1BX
  • Online via WeTransfer: entries must be sent via the website WeTransfer in a file with a minimum of 1200dpi resolution to [email protected] 

When the judges have made their decision the winners will be contacted by phone or email. The winning designs will be announced in Spring 2020 on Oxford City Council’s website and social media.

Follow Oxford City Council on social media for competition updates.

For further information email [email protected] or call 01865 249811.

Download the application form

Terms and conditions

See the full competition terms and conditions

  • Entry into the competition is free and open to anyone living in Oxfordshire.
  • Participants may enter as many submissions as they wish.
  • Entries cannot be returned so participants should keep copies for their own records.
  • Entries must be landscape and submitted on an A3 sheet of paper or card or via a digital file of at least 1200dpi resolution sent via WeTransfer along with a completed application form. Download an application form. Entries received in a lower resolution, different format or without a completed application form may be rejected. 
  • The final printed artwork on the bins may be overlaid with logos or text. 
  • If you are under 13 years of age, you must provide evidence of your parent/guardian’s permission for you to enter the competition. This can be in the form of a confirmatory statement from your parent/guardian to accompany your entry providing their full name and address/email address, your full name, and your date of birth.
  • The competition will be judged by a panel including officers and members of Oxford City Council and Oxford Direct Services. 
  • The competition winners will be the entries with the most votes from the panel members.
  • The competition winners will be contacted via email or phone.
  • The Council will publish winning entries and the names of winners on its social media pages and anywhere else. Unsuccessful entries, along with the names of their creators, may also be displayed publicly including online.
  • Entrants must themselves have created the submissions and, by entering the competition, confirm that they have infringed no third party rights (including copyright) in submitting their entries.
  • Winning designs may be modified electronically as necessary e.g. to fit the dimensions required for display purposes. View the dimensions of the wrap and of the bin.