In the summer, Oxford City Council ran a competition for school students to design a striking new work of art to grace the side of a refuse and recycling lorry.
The winner was Imogen, age 10, from St Barnabas’ Primary School in Jericho. On 14 November she was one of the first to see her art work emblazoned across the sides of one of the City Council’s refuse vehicles when the newly adorned lorry turned up at her school.
Board Member for a Clean and Green Oxford, Cllr John Tanner, said: “Imogen’s artwork really gets the message across in a simple, straightforward way – recycling is so important and we all need to do what we can to increase what we can recycle. The students at St Barnabas’ Primary School were so enthusiastic about recycling and I want to thank Imogen, her classmates and the school itself for taking part in the competition.”
Fiona Hawkins, St Barnabas’ head teacher, added: “We are delighted that Imogen's design will be seen throughout Oxford. St Barnabas' is an eco-school and we are always looking at new ways to raise the profile of eco-values. Thank you Imogen for promoting the message; we are very proud you.”
Imogen’s winning artwork will be seen on the collection vehicle, which empties recycling bins all over the city from Cutteslowe to The Leys, and Botley Road to Headington. It will stay in place until the end of January and may make a return later in 2017.