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Cornelis Prul Award

Encouraging recycling in primary schools

Renewi teamed up with the weekly Dutch childrens’ comic Donald Duck and anti-littering campaign Nederland Schoon to challenge primary schools to come up with the best way to clean up rubbish.

The competition marked Dutch National Cleaning Day, or Nationale Opschoondag, on 19 March 2016.

The winning idea, a solar energy-powered waste bin that sings when litter is thrown into it, was awarded the Cornelis Prul Prize – a 1.5 metre high 3D printed statue of Cornelis Prul, made from the plastic of recycled bottles.

As well as showing children what a great statue you can 3D print out of recycled content, the competition was designed to involve children in thinking of ways to handle waste in a responsible, sustainable way, making them ‘ambassadors’ for the circular economy in the process.