SUEZ truck wrap competition supports local students in Canberra

Two young Canberra school students have been announced as the talented winners of a competition to design artwork for the side of two SUEZ collection vehicles.

Olivia Zhang from Garran Primary School and Elwyn Copelin from Orana Steiner School were recognised on the 12th of May for their creativity and passion for the environment.

The students’ winning designs have been recreated on the side of two SUEZ waste and recycling collection trucks that may soon pass you by on a Canberra street.

Image credit: ACT Government

SUEZ’s ACT residential contract manager, Rob Tilley, said SUEZ was pleased to partner with the ACT Government on the Canberra-wide competition.

“We partnered with the government in 2020 with the aim of encouraging school students to design artwork that would inspire the local community to minimise waste and recycle right,” he said.

Over 400 entries were received from young waste warriors, making the judges’ role especially difficult.

SUEZ’s residential operations manager for the ACT, Josh Hrynko, said it was encouraging to see so many students entering the competition.

“To have several hundred entries in the competition shows that young people are keenly aware of the impact our actions today are having on tomorrow’s environment,” he said.
Olivia, 11, focused on the recycling theme with her image capturing the three Rs – reduce, reuse and recycle. Meanwhile, 14-year-old Elwyn won the valuing resources and/or minimising waste category with her compelling design centred on the fact the world’s future is on our hands.

In addition to the buzz of seeing their designs enlarged and painted on the side of our trucks, Olivia and Elwyn both received an iPad mini in recognition of their success and commitment to sustainability.


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