Some weird and wonderful superheroes are brightening up the blue recycling bins at 12 Fenland households.
The colourful characters with names like Binjamin and Can Man were dreamed up by primary school children for a competition organised by Fenland District Council.
The aim was to increase awareness about the wide range of everyday items that can be recycled and to encourage pupils and their families to do their bit at home by using the correct bins.
All the district’s primary schools were invited to enter. Each child had to design a “recycling superhero” inspired by all the items that can go in the blue bin – everything from paper to cans and plastic pots.
Four schools took up the challenge – Cavalry, Leverington, Burrowmoor and Elm Church of England – submitting a total of 176 entries. Three pupils from each school were picked out as winners.
Each received a new blue bin decorated with a full-length print of their design, plus their original picture in a frame and a lunchbox made out of 90 per cent recycled bottles.
The prizes were presented at school assemblies just before the end of term, thus getting the recycling message across to about 800 children.
Councillor Peter Murphy, FDC’s Cabinet member responsible for the environment, said: “All the children showed great imagination and it was really hard to pick the winners.
“Having the superheroes on their bins at home will remind them to recycle all they can – hopefully, passers-by will also spot them and get the message.
“Fenland already has a very good recycling record – 51 per cent of our household waste was recycled or composted last year – but we know that we can make that even better by everyone making a few small changes at home.”