Published: December 10, 2013
Burnham-On-Sea school pupil wins regional poster design contest

A Burnham-On-Sea primary school pupil has demonstrated her artisitic skills by being chosen as a winner in a contest to help Somerset families recycle food waste into clean green power.

Teacher Faye Duncan sent in the entry from Catherine Taylor, 7, who is in year three at Burnham's St Joseph's RC Primary School.

Catherine was among thousands of children from all over the county who were invited to design posters promoting recycling through Somerset’s new Anaerobic Digestion (AD) facility and its billions of 'burping bacteria'.

As well as the best posters, winning green prizes of eco-educational activities for each pupil’s class, winning designs will feature in a Somerset Waste Partnership publicity campaign next year to prompt families to recycle more food waste and cut costly and polluting landfill.

SWP Managing Director Steve Read said: "Colourful, creative and committed to recycling, these posters show that the next generation is taking an inspiring lead to help everyone in Somerset avoid landfill and generate clean, green power."

"They want each family to put every scrap of unavoidable food waste into their kerbside container to feed the AD facility’s burping bacteria."

The contest was part of a new educational pack encouraging children to become experts on the science of the £10 million AD facility built by recycling company Viridor near Bridgwater. It will turn all of Somerset’s household food waste into methane and burn it to generate electricity.

Part of the pack was produced by the duo behind the worldwide bestselling Horrible Science book series, writer Nick Arnold and artist Tony De Saulles. Details of the pack, competition, winners and the AD facility are available at

Pictured: From left, Catherine Taylor, age 7, and fellow pupils Christopher Nullmeyers, aged 7, and Dorothy Green, aged 8, with their posters

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