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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.

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 Holdfast Bay 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.

Free Waste Education presentations for Education Centres and Community Groups

We are committed to best practice waste management and have an Environmental Education and Projects Officer available to deliver free presentations and workshops to promote recycling and ethical waste management practices for residents, community groups and schools.

Waste education presentations and workshops available include the following topics:

  • The Three Bin Kerbside System
  • Recycling - the importance of recycling right
  • What happens to waste once it leaves the kerb
  • Electronic Waste and Tricky Waste
  • Waste minimisation and avoidance
  • Composting and Worm Farms
  • Smart Shopping: Buying Green

Sessions are interactive, fun and flexible, and can be tailored to suit the needs of your group. You can combine any one of the above topics to suit your specific questions about waste. Sessions are normally 40-50 minutes, but can be as short as a 20-30 minute talk, right through to a longer two hour workshop, depending on your needs.

How to book a Waste Education Session, Workshop or Presentation

Please contact:

Shani Wood
Environmental Education and Projects Officer
Tel: (08) 8229 9999

Waste education sessions and expert advice on waste management practices are FREE to community groups and individual residents. Assembly presentations and meetings with staff and parents are FREE of charge, as is assistance for curriculum planning or general advice about waste management.

Education Resources

There are many fantastic resources available to help people and students better understand waste management and sustainability issues.
Resources are available on line from the following sites