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A Year 7 pupil from Castell Alun High School in Wrexham is celebrating, after winning first prize in a national competition organised by the Aluminium Packaging Recycling Organisation (Alupro).

Launched as part of Alupro’s ‘Bin-fluencers’ campaign, an educational programme developed to help schoolchildren increase their knowledge of recycling, the competition invited students from across the UK to come up with a vibrant recycling bin design.

Budding artist Isabella Adams took home gold, having submitted what the judges considered a ‘highly creative and engaging entry’. Alongside seeing her artwork emblazoned on a brand new recycling bin donated to her school, 11-year-old Isabella also takes home an iPad.

Tom Giddings, executive director of Alupro, commented: “As the voice of the UK aluminium packaging industry, we’re committed to increasing national recycling rates. Educating the next generation about best practice recycling and sustainability is a key theme across our work.

“Our Bin-fluencers campaign is just one of many educational initiatives organised by the team to help make recycling more appealing to students. By creating ready-to-use resources and competitions, we hope that teachers find it easier to integrate recycling into the curriculum and encourage pupils to participate.

“We thought Isabella’s design stood head and shoulders above the other entries received. Showcased on a brand new recycling bin donated to Castell Alun High School, I hope she’ll be just as proud seeing it every day on the way to her classes.”

Kate Jackson, Teacher at Castell Alun High School, added “Castell Alun STEM club members were excited to take part in the ‘Bin-fluencers’ activities supplied by Alupro and everybody really enjoyed learning about recycling and the impact for good this has on our planet. Our students were genuinely thrilled to be recognised for their hard work and passion, and we are very proud to have Isabella’s submission chosen as the overall winner.”