Mae’s amazing bottle art wins Recycling Heroes competition

Mae Mitchell’s stunning recycling artwork has been chosen as the winner of ODS and Oxford Recycles’ Recycling Heroes competition.

The entry was submitted by Mae’s mother, Stef Mitchell, and uses recycled materials to create a rainbow artwork.

Mae said: “I was upset with the amount of trash in my area, I realized how much trash was being recycled. So I wanted to make a point of showing how much plastic waste there is. By making the photo of the bottle cap, I wanted to show how beautiful nature can be without waste or pollution.

Stef and Mae are already considering what to do with the £250 in Love2Shop vouchers they have won.

Stef said: “I’m really proud of Mae’s passion for trying to save the planet. She received a Blue Peter badge for making such efforts and she is already planning what she can do next to help the environment.

The Recycling Heroes contest took place in October and November, encouraging residents to do something amazing with recycling, take a photo or video of their creation and post it on Oxford’s social media page Recycles.

Other entries included a superhero video, Christmas decorations made from toilet paper tubes and other amazing ideas.

Residents used the hashtag #RecyclingHeroes to share their work and explain what recycling means to them and the environment.

Councilor Lubna Arshad, Cabinet Member for Parks and Waste Reduction, said: “We loved Mae’s entry. It was so creative. I could feel her passion and I hope she continues with her art – because she is very talented. Mae leads by example and we hope her work can inspire others to focus more on reduce, reuse and recycle.

ODS has been around for many years to maintain Oxford City Council’s housing stock, parks and streets, but in 2018 became a company wholly owned by its sole shareholder, Oxford City Council. It is now made up of two companies that provide public and commercial services to more local communities, businesses, schools, universities and residents across the county.

The competition is part of ODS’ ongoing commitment to reducing waste and increasing the number of people recycling in Oxford.

Oxford currently recycles over 52% of its waste, also turning non-recyclable waste into energy to power tens of thousands of homes.

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