Deck the halls with polar bears and penguins!

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This year’s exciting recycled Christmas art project is all about polar bears and penguins.

Polar bear artwork from Thomas Gainsborough schoolAs well as celebrating and promoting the importance of re-using and recycling in Suffolk, The Suffolk Waste Partnership wants to raise awareness about plastic pollution and littering and the damage it can cause to the environment.   

The project has had a fabulous response with 23 schools, a library, a care home and Brownies and Guide groups from all over Suffolk taking part. They have been busily making over 1350 polar bears and penguins for the displays, well in excess of the 1000 target.

The art work will be hung in two displays upstairs at The Apex in Bury St Edmunds and at the Town Hall Cafe gallery space in Ipswich from 29 November 2018, where they will be seen by thousands of visitors over the Christmas period. They will be on display until after the new year.

The polar bears and penguins are made from all sorts of reused and recycled materials including cardboard, old wrapping paper, magazines, sweet wrappers, buttons and ribbons.

All participating schools were entered into a draw to win a £50 art supplies voucher or gardening voucher and this year’s winner is Thomas Wolsey School in Ipswich.

Councillor David Bowman, chair of the Suffolk Waste Partnership, said:

“We are so pleased with the response from schools and groups again this year and are proud that reducing, reusing and recycling is important to them.

“These young people are the adults of the future and it’s never too early to start good recycling habits.

“The schools and groups have produced some amazing work – it just goes to show that if we all do our bit to reduce, reuse and recycle, it soon adds up to a lot! They are definitely worth a visit if you are in either town centre.”

The Suffolk Waste Partnership would like to say a huge, Polar Bear sized thank you to all the schools and groups that took part:

Somersham Primary, Tudor Primary, Thomas Wolsey, Hintlesham and Chattisham Primary, Ashley Primary Trust, St Joseph’s Prep, Sybil Andrews Academy, Debenham High, Thomas Gainsborough High, Priory, Whitehouse Community Primary, First Base (St Eds), Howard Primary, Beccles Primary Academy, Bawdsey Primary, Tattingstone Primary, Bramford Primary, Sextons Manor Community Primary, The Oaks Community Primary, Rattlesden Primary Academy, Culford Pre-Prep, Samuel Ward Academy, Corton Primary, 20th Ipswich brownies and guides, 29th Ipswich guides, Prince George House and Gainsborough Library.

Visit www.suffolkrecycling.org.uk from Wednesday 28 November to see the online gallery of the project and for more tips on how to reduce, re-use and recycle this Christmas!