Pollution Solution

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Waste and Recycling Competition

Tell us how your household recycles and reduces rubbish

Please note, entries for the competition are now closed and the winners have been announced. 

Entries were independently assessed by a panel of two school principals using the following criteria:

  • Innovation, either in the representation of the submission or in the application of entrants’ recycling practises
  • Inspiration, their ability to stimulate others in the community to act to address climate change and greenhouse gas emissions
  • Collaboration, particularly relevant to the Group Prize category, showing how individuals worked together to produce a Pollution Solution entry.

The winners are:

i) Winner group/class entry
Year 5/6 students and the environmental/social justice student leaders at St Martin de Porres School Laverton presented four ideas as pollution solutions. The student group hand-made reusable calico bags and found creative ways to upcycle coffee cups, plastic bottles and milk cartons.  


ii) Runner-up group/class entry 
Newport Lakes Primary School grades 1-6 students produced an animated music video featuring talented singers and artwork. The music video promotes new habits like composting, using bamboo straws and making the switch to green energy.

iii) Prep to Grade 3 
 Zoe (Grade 1) worked with her younger brother during lockdown to make "Animalids". Zoe collected the lids removed from containers (before recycling the containers). She then cut, paste, painted and drew on the lids to create a menagerie of animals from sea and land.  



iv) Grade 4 to 6
Lila Boyd (Grade 6) showed many ways she and her family reduce waste and re-use resources. These include turning empty tins into flower pots, making wood-block paintings from building offcuts, and presenting ideas to reduce rubbish in the community.

v) Year 7 to 10
Malaika (Year 8) made a range of bathroom products, eliminating packaging and plastic waste. Malaika's range of homemade products include toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo and soap bars, face wash and body scrub.

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vi) Year 11 and 12

Sara Coladonato (Year 11) submitted a plan for an eco-friendly kitchen with: energy-efficient appliances, bulk produce to avoid packaging, and tips on wrapping food waste before adding to your 'green' food and garden waste bin.  


Congratulations to the winners and thank you to all those who entered their pollution solutions! Winners received a certificate, and a tour/workshop at Ceres Community Environment Park in Brunswick.

Original Competition Guidelines:

Are you a student living in or going to school in Hobsons Bay?

Tell us how you are recycling, re-using and/or reducing household rubbish, making you part of the Pollution Solution.

Your entry can take any form, as long as we can receive or see it electronically.

Here are the steps to enter!

1. Think about how your household is helping to recycle and reduce rubbish

Everything you do matters. Whether it’s:  

  • how you help sort recyclables. E.g. Did you put a box at the end of the kitchen bench to collect recyclable containers and packaging? Did you stick a fact sheet to the fridge?
  • making a giant ball from discarded aluminium foil – which helps the metal detector to capture it at the sorting facility
  •  emptying the kitchen caddy into the ‘green’ bin and giving it a rinse – to stop it from getting stinky (if you’re living in Hobsons Bay)
  •  re-using a bag – for loose produce at the supermarket or to collect all your REDcycle soft plastics
  •  choosing to buy different products at the supermarket – like a yoghurt in a #1 or #5 recyclable container or mayonnaise in a glass jar


Every person’s efforts will mean we’re sending less waste to landfill and recycling more. And that means we’re creating less greenhouse gases, preserving our natural resources and contributing to a healthier Hobsons Bay – and planet.

Click here to see how one family of five in Tasmania has reduced its rubbish output so much that a year’s worth fits into a jar.

2. Record what you do

Entries can be in any form, including:

  • a photo of your home set-up: how you separate items for the four bins – if you’re living in Hobsons Bay
  • a cooking video of a waste-free meal
  • before and after pics of something you’ve fixed. Tell us about it.
  • take so-called ‘rubbish’ and turn it into a sculpture or work of art (check out this awesome portrait made with bread tags)
  • convert rubbish into a new use? No, no, friends, that’s going to become part of a new plastic-bag skipping rope
  • keep a diary of your week without using any single-use plastic


3. Upload your file, which shows what grade you’re in by copying and pasting this link: www.hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au/enter-PollutionSolution

 Entries that meet the criteria will be displayed on Council's website, and go into the running to win a great prize


DISCLAIMER: While the competition focuses on recycling and rubbish reduction in the household, it does allow for treehouses.

Competition - Terms and Conditions

  • To be eligible to enter, you must be between five and 18 years of age.
  • This competition is open to students who live in and/or go to school in Hobsons Bay.
  • The competition starts at 5pm AEDT on Friday 18 September 2020 and closes at 6pm AEDT on Wednesday 25 November 2020
  • Entries will be judged by a panel of school principals
  • Winners will be notified by email before close of business on Monday 7 December 2020 and announced on Council's website by no later than Wednesday 15 December 2020.
  • Each student may submit no more than two entries, via the share file link https://hbcc.sharefile.com/r-r897937ca9f0441c9
  • Hobsons Bay reserves the right to publicise the entries submitted as part of this competition. Any publicity or communications will include an acknowledgment of the student who created the work. Hobsons Bay will not publish the names of entrants without prior permission.
  • The prize pool consists of a tour/workshop of Ceres Community Environment Park in Brunswick.
  • The prize cannot be redeemed for cash or swapped for any other item.