School Recycled Art Competition

SRWRA School Recycled Art Competition 2021

We are calling out to all year 4-7 primary school classes/ students in the Cities of Holdfast Bay, Marion and Onkaparinga to create artwork that illustrates the theme: Circular Economy.

Students are invited to create a piece of art, either wall art or sculpture, using use any medium or combination of media as long as the work meets the requirements designated in the Competition Rules.

This competition is a collaboration between the Southern Region Waste Resource Authority (SRWRA and the three councils to celebrate the new recycling sorting facility opening in Seaford Heights soon (where all our recycling bin contents will soon go!).

The winner will be invited to present their artwork at the launch of the new recycling sorting facility, where their artwork will also be displayed in the education centre. The winner, along with two runners-up, will also receive bench seats for their school made
from recycled plastic (from the stuff dropped off at local supermarkets for recycling!) valued at $550 each.

Our challenge for schools

The artwork should address this year’s theme of Circular Economy The subject matter of the art can centre around different aspects of this theme.

It could focus on how to avoid/reduce waste through recycling, document the processing life of materials or explore new technologies involved in showcasing how, by designing out waste and pollution, keeping products and materials in use, and regenerating natural systems, we can reinvent everything.

These are just a few ideas, and should no way limit the artist into how the theme can be represented.

Competition Coals

• Give students a means to express how they feel about environmental sustainability in the world in which they live, with a focus on their local area.
• Provide students a platform to raise awareness about the environmental issues important to them and move others to take action through the creation of their work.
• Engage students in inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking relating to waste and unwanted resources produced, and the path these materials take after use in the school or at home.
• Offer a way for students to demonstrate these learnings, in alignment with the Australian Curriculum and the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics) approach to problem-based learning.


This competition is open to all year 4-7 primary school classes / students at all primary schools in the Cities of Holdfast Bay, Marion and Onkaparinga.

Submissions must be an artwork entry: wall art e.g. painting, collage, mosaic etc. or sculpture, with the following submissions requirements:

1. must incorporate materials eligible for recycling through the Southern Materials Recovery Facility
i.e. items acceptable in the kerbside recycling bin including:

  • paper
  • cardboard
  • plastic packaging
  • glass containers
  • aluminium and steel cans

2. include creation of a slogan linking artwork to a theme of ‘circular economy’
3. include a photo compilation or videolog of the design and creation process
4. include a statement with the name of the artwork, a precis of the design and how it links to the theme of Circular Economy.

Submissions to be in the form of:

  • wall display up to 420mm x 600mm (A2), or
  • freestanding sculpture up to 600mmW x 600mmD x 1200mmH.



The art will be judged by a panel consisting of representatives of SRWRA and the Cities of Holdfast Bay, Marion and Onkaparinga using the following judging criteria:

  • originality
  • concept
  • craftsmanship
  • elements of art
  • composition
  • medium and texture
  • unity and variety
  • use of space
  • presentation
  • degree of difficulty


The prizes are as follows for each category:

First prize:

  • One class or up to 30 students / school representatives to be invited to attend the launch event for the opening of the region’s first MRF in late July or early August 2021. Date to be confirmed.
  • Winning artists will be invited to present their art and talk to the public at the launch event.
  • Replas furniture – a bench seat made from recycled soft plastics to the value of $550 (in line with circular economy theme).
  • The winning entry will be displayed in the Southern Materials Recovery Facility Education Centre.

Second prizes (x2):

Replas furniture – a bench seat made from recycled soft plastics to the value of $550 (in line with circular economy theme).

How to enter

Registration opens 17 May 2021 and closes at 5pm Friday 18 June 2021.

All registration forms must be submitted to each school’s relevant Waste & Recycling Education Officer. Forms must be complete with all fields filled.

All appropriate consent forms must be provided with submissions to be eligible.

Submissions must be delivered to each school’s respective council by 4pm on Friday 2 July 2021 and must be accompanied by a printed copy of the completed registration form.

Registration form

Consent form

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