SIX creative students from across the county have been rewarded for turning waste equipment into eye-catching art and fashion pieces.
And among the winners of a competition organised by the North East Improvement & Efficiency Partnership (NEIEP) were Amanda Evans, of Morpeth, and Widdrington resident Eleanor Whalley.
The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) recycling contest for Northumberland College students was divided into four segments according to the structure of the art and design department.
Using their ingenuity and artistic prowess, those who entered had to convey the message that it is important for householders to take unwanted and broken electrical items to the right place so they can be mended, reused or recycled.
Amanda won the Fashion section with her piece entitled ‘Wired’. Eleanor and Lyndsay Henderson of Blyth took the prize for Visual Communication with their work – ‘The Fridge’.
The other successful students were Gemma Ankers (Fine Art), Cameron Corden (Introductory Diploma in Art & Design) and Rebecca Morton (overall winner).
Coun Ian Lindley, executive member responsible for waste management and environmental issues at Northumberland County Council, presented the prizes on the day on behalf of the NEIEP.
He said: “We were very impressed at the exceptionally high standards of work that the students have produced. They have really taken to this project and produced some incredibly thought-provoking pieces which highlight the importance of recycling WEEE.
“This ties in perfectly with Northumberland Council’s LOVE Northumberland initiative which is all about people getting involved with things that are important to their communities.”
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