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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 any medium or combination of media as long as the work meets the requirements designated in the Competition Rules (details below).

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 soon in Seaford Heights (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 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 Goals

  • 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.
Competition Rules

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 (eg. painting, collage, mosaic etc.) or sculpture, with the following submission requirements:

1. must incorporate materials eligible for recycling through the Southern Materials Recovery Facility (ie. 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

Refer to the Competition Rules for full entry details

Judging & Prizes


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 recycling sorting facility 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 – eg. bench seat made from recycled soft plastics to a maximum value of $550 (in line with circular economy theme).
  • The winning entry will be displayed in the Southern Materials Recovery Facility Education Centre.

Runner-up prizes (x2):

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

Refer to the Competition Rules for full details.

How to enter

Registration opens 18 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.

Schools in the City of Marion can email registration forms to

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.

SRWRA School Recycled Art Competition 2021 Registration form

SRWRA School Recycled Art Competition 2021 Consent form

SRWRA School Recycled Art Competition 2021 Competition Rules

City of Marion's Waste and Recycling Education Officer is available to deliver free presentations and workshops on recycling and waste management to residents, community groups, schools and businesses as part of our commitment to encouraging, promoting and supporting waste reduction.

School and Preschool Education

Our waste and recycling education programs offer a range of free, fun and interactive sessions on recycling and waste minimisation topics, including:

  • Ready to Recycle
    Using the 3 bin system and the importance of recycling right.
  • From Bins to Beyond
    Find out what happens to waste and recycling once it leaves the kerb. Review what goes in each bin and why choosing the right bin is important.
  • Keepers of the Compost
    Learn how a compost bin system works and how to look after one. This session can include setting up a compost bin.
  • Wild about worms
    Learn what to feed worms and how to look after a worm farm. This session can include setting up a worm farm.
  • Nude food and litter free lunches
    Look at common lunchbox items and identify ways to reduce waste. Explore social and environmental impacts of litter.
  • Waste warriors
    School support for planning actions to reduce the school’s waste, improve recycling systems or start a new collection.

Sessions can be tailored to suit the needs of your group. You can combine topics to suit your specific questions about waste. School presentations range from individual classes to assembly or meetings with staff and parents.

Sessions are normally 40-50 minutes but can be as short as 20-30 minute talk, or a longer two hour workshop, depending on your needs.

For further information and bookings please contact:

City of Marion
Waste and Recycling Education Officer (phone number and email address below)

Community tour: Not a Load of Rubbish!

Have you ever wondered what happens to your waste, recyclables and organic materials once they are collected from your kerb?

You can find out on one of our FREE community tours for City of Marion residents.

Sites visited include the Adelaide Waste and Recycling Centre at North Plympton, Jeffries Group composting, Adelaide Resource Recovery, VISY Recycling and Electronic Recycling Australia.

These full-day tours are scheduled twice each year in April/May and October/November.

To register your interest in joining the next available tour please contact Council via phone or email (number and address below).

Community Education - presentations

Our Waste and Recycling Education Officer is available for guest presentations to community groups. Presentations range from 30 minutes to one hour, depending on group requirements. Topics include:

  • Waste less, recycle more
    Learn more about our waste and recycling services. Find out what can go in each bin, practical tips for recycling tricky items, and how to dispose of other materials such as e-waste.
  • What a load of rubbish!
    Discover what happens to your waste and recyclables once they are collected from the kerb and learn more about minimising waste.
  • Composting at home
    You can halve your environmental impact by recycling organics into compost at home. Learn about various compost systems including compost bins, worm farms and bokashi, and how to keep them productive.

For further information and bookings please contact:

City of Marion
Waste and Recycling Education Officer (phone number and email address below)

Bin tagging education program for households

Council conducts a bin inspection and tagging program to ensure that food scraps and recyclables are not going to waste and to improve the use of bin services for waste and recycling.

Waste audits in the council area show that some recyclable items are being placed in the wrong bin and that there is some contamination from incorrect items in recycling bins, which causes problems for recycling efficiency.

Staff conduct a series of fortnightly inspections of waste and recycling or organics bins in selected streets. Each visit involves a visual inspection of the top 30cm of bin contents when the bins are on the kerb for collection.

Bins will be inspected three to four times. Feedback is provided to residents on the way they recycle in the form of one of the following tags attached to bin handles:

  • Thank you - your efforts help recycle valuable resources.
  • We ask one small favour - for removing items spotted in your bin that shouldn't be in there.

Two further inspections will occur within 12 months after the tagging to provide feedback on recycling improvements within neighbourhoods and to find out the long-term impacts of the education program on recycling behaviour.

Bookings and queries

Education Resources

There are many fantastic resources available online for waste and recycling education from the following sites:

Posters available for downlaod