Help promote recycling changes with your artwork on billboards

Hemel Hempstead's Cupid Green waste recycling depot
Hemel Hempstead's Cupid Green waste recycling depot

Budding artists could see their work on billboards around Dacorum thanks to a council-run competition that could also bag them an iPad mini.

Schools and individuals are being urged to design a poster that will promote the local authority’s new ‘Recycle for Dacorum’ waste service.

Both the school and individual categories will have up to 12 winning designs with one grand prize winner, who will receive the iPad mini. The schools entry will also receive £100 for their school.

Dacorum Borough Council’s cabinet member for environment and sustainability Julie Laws explained the the designs should promote the benefits of recycling and explain the council’s new recycling service being introduced in November.

She said: “The designs will only be seen briefly as they travel through the borough, so it’s important that they are easily understood.”

The winning entries will be used on the council’s 12 refuse vehicles to help to promote the new, simpler waste and recycling collection scheme which the council says will make it easier for residents to recycle everyday items such as plastic, cans and glass.

The new service will include a new blue lidded wheeled bin for recycling, which will also take cardboard, which will be collected every two weeks.

Food and drinks cartons like Tetra Pak will also be able to be recycled for the first time in the borough, and a new kerbside caddy for all food waste will be collected weekly.

The existing green wheely bins will be for garden waste only and will be collected every two weeks from February to November, and any waste that can’t be recycled will be collected every two weeks in grey wheely bins as under the current system.

A full design brief and terms and conditions for the billboard competition, as well as information about the changes to the waste service can be found at

Entrants can also request a design pack to be sent by post by calling 01442 228017.

All entries must be received by Friday, October 3.

> Herts County Council has also launched a public consultation on plans to reduce the number of opening days for Dacorum’s waste recycling centres.

Click here to take part before midnight on Sunday.