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We want your school to help us stop people littering


Calling all primary school teachers - as part of a larger campaign to tackle littering across County Durham we are asking primary schools to design eye catching posters that will help stop people dropping litter and get them to use public bins.

We are running a competition that is open to all primary schools in County Durham.

The competition

Due to capacity we can only accept the 3 best designs from each school for judging but please encourage all the children to take part and hold your own judging. We would like you to select the 3 posters from each school that you feel best covers our brief  (see 'The design').

The winning entries will have their designs converted into bin stickers and posters that will be displayed on bins or windows across the Durham County Council area.

Please keep the original posters, as they may be required for design purposes.

The design

Please use strong colours and be creative! The poster:

  • Must be A4 in size.
  • It can be drawn by hand or using a computer.
  • Should include: 
    • A strong anti-litter pictorial message not lots of text as this will already be in the template. For example the children may want to design their own County Durham litter superhero (please note these must be original characters). 
    • A short anti litter message of up to six words could be included along the top or bottom of their design.
  • The design and wording must be original and not copy artwork or wording from existing campaigns.

How to enter

Please send a scanned copy of your three posters to the Civic Pride Team, and the phone number of the school.

The final three posters should have the name of the child, age, and school address on the back of each of the designs

Winning and the prize

There will be a number of winning designs selected from across the county and they will all be fitted into a template with a countywide anti-litter message. 

The finished design template will feature the message "you don't have to be super to be a hero" and say that dropping litter could cost them £150 (fixed penalty notice) or a maximum fine is £2500. (Children do not need to include this in their designs as it will be on the template.)

A prize of a £10 high street voucher and a framed copy of their winning design will be presented to each winner in a school assembly by our anti-litter mascot Tidy Ted and a representative from Durham County Council.

Closing date

The competition is open between 20 November 2018 and 21 December 2018. The closing date for entries is 4.00pm on Friday 21 December and winners will be notified following countywide judging of the entries which will be held in January 2019.

Terms and conditions

In additional to our Competition terms and conditions, the following also apply:

  • Eligibility to enter the competition is restricted to primary schools in the Durham County Council area. 
  • No responsibility can be accepted by Civic Pride for loss or damage of posters.
  • Winners shall be notified by telephone to the school within 7 days of the judging.
  • No cash alternative to the prize is available and the prize cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.
  • Civic Pride may elect to give a winner a prize of equal/greater value for whatever reason.
  • A list of winning schools will be available from the date of the end of competition for a period of 2 months. Individual winner's details will not be published unless it's for our prearranged promotional purposes, and only with prior agreement.
  • Civic Pride reserves the right to amend these terms and conditions or withdraw the promotion as necessary due to circumstances beyond its reasonable control.
    Contact us
    Civic Pride
    03000 26 0000
    Our address is:
    • Durham County Council
    • Chilton Industrial Estate
    • Chilton
    • County Durham
    • United Kingdom
    • DL17 0SD
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