Catherine wins at Stormont

Catherine Torrens had the honour of showcasing her creativity and imagination in the historic surroundings of Parliament Buildings, Stormont on Wednesday. Catherine’s winning artwork, along with six other unique pieces of recycled art were on display.  These pieces are the result of months of hard work by pupils to highlight how valuable a resource waste is and to compete in the RiverRidge Recycling Make Art Not Waste competition. The final of the competition, which took place in the Long Gallery in Parliament Buildings on Wednesday 19th June, saw Catherine from Dalriada School claim the top prize of an iPad for her art entitled ‘Tea Party’, she had already recieved £70 for herself and £500 for the school from a previous round of the competition. Pictured with Catherine is Brett Ross, Managing Director of RiverRidge Recycling, sponsor of the Make Art Not Waste competition which is designed to highlight the importance of recycling and ensure that future generations understand the value of waste as a resource.

Stormont showcase for winning Ballymoney student’s recycled art

Ballymoney student Catherine Torrens this week had the honour of showcasing her creativity and imagination in the historic surroundings of Parliament Buildings, Stormont.

Catherine’s winning artwork, along with six other unique pieces of recycled art on display, is the results of months of hard work by pupils to highlight how valuable a resource waste is and to compete in the RiverRidge Recycling Make Art Not Waste competition.

The final of the competition, which took place in the Long Gallery in Parliament Buildings on Wednesday 19th June, saw Catherine from Dalriada School claim the top prize of an iPad for her art entitled ‘Tea Party’.

The Make Art Not Waste competition is designed to highlight the importance of recycling and ensure that future generations understand the value of waste as a resource.

Brett Ross, Managing Director of RiverRidge Recycling, said, “The judges and I were really impressed with the creativity and imagination shown by all the schoolchildren who took part. These talented pupils have not only been able to convey the importance of reducing, reusing and recycling waste but also do it in such unique and bold ways.

“As a local company, committed to reducing waste sent to landfill we are keen to invest in teaching future generations about ways to reduce their waste and recycle it and that is what this competition is all about.

“We must all work together to tackle the problem of waste in Northern Ireland and I commend these pupils for highlighting the value of waste as a resource in such an innovative manner.”

The competition, along with media partner Sustainable Ireland and the Rethink Waste campaign, saw pupils from Ballymena, Ballymoney, Coleraine, Limavady, Londonderry, Magherafelt and Moyle council areas take part.

“I would like to thank the parents and teachers for encouraging the children to take part and also each of the Councils and Recycling Officers, for their assistance in the local finals. I’d also like to thank John Dallat MLA who has been so kind as to sponsor the event in Parliament Buildings. His help along with co-sponsors Adrian McQuillan MLA and Cathal Ó hOisín MLA has given us the opportunity to showcase the talent of the next generation and convey a serious environmental message,” added Mr Ross.

The local finalists were, Stewart Thomson from Rainey Endowed School, Magherafelt District Council; Julia Chybowska from Coleraine High School, Coleraine Borough Council; Leah Millar from Slemish College, Ballymena Borough Council; Michaela McCloskey from St Patrick’s College, Limavady Borough Council; Lee Curran from Cross and Passion College, Moyle District Council; Catherine Torrens from Dalriada School, Ballymoney Borough Council and Leanne Ramsey from Foyle College, Derry City Council and they will be entered for the Sustainable Ireland Awards 2013 – Most Inspiring Environmental Project by Young Person which will be held in September.

John Dallat MLA, main sponsor of the final in Parliament Buildings, said, “I am so impressed by the standard of the finalists in the RiverRidge Recycling Make Art Not Waste competition.

“It is heartening to see schools and pupils embrace this competition and raise awareness of the importance of reducing waste and working towards a better environment for Northern Ireland.

“Local companies like RiverRidge Recycling are vital as we try to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill and I look forward to seeing them contribute further to enhancing the environment and working with the local community.”

Declan Donnelly, Recycling Officer at Ballymoney Borough Council said, “Ballymoney Borough Council welcomes the enthusiasm and ongoing support of RiverRidge Recycling, one of our key waste partners, for the Make Art Not Waste competition.  It represents an amazing opportunity for young people in our area to apply their creative insights to redesigning waste.  This competition transcends traditional reducing and reusing by focusing on both the aesthetic and practical qualities our waste might have if we think differently.  We are delighted for Catherine Torrens and her family because she didn’t simply produce a piece of art, she encourages us all to work together to address waste issues in Ballymoney.”

Wendy Cooke from the Department of the Environment’s Rethink Waste campaign said; “Make Art Not Waste is a great way to get children thinking about waste and we are delighted to support it. It was very hard for us as judges to decide between the pieces as the standard of art was so high.

“All too often people don’t see the value in rubbish and this competition is a great way for us all to realise that not everything needs to be thrown away!

“For more information on how to reuse your ‘rubbish’ check out our website www.rethinkwasteni.info.”

Each of the winners received £70 for themselves and each winner’s school received £500 from RiverRidge Recycling.