Recyclables Summer Challenge 2019

Molly's winning video - The Recyclables Summer Challenge

Recyclables Summer Challenge - introduction video

What you can win!

1st prize - winning story made into video and author's whole class invited for Animation Workshop at the Waste Management Park in Waterbeach.
2nd prize - the class with most students entering is invited for an interactive Recycling Activity Day at the Waste Management Park in Waterbeach.

Who can enter

The competition is open to children who are now in Years 4, 5 and 6 at a Cambridgeshire primary school. 

What to include in your story

Your story should start with our four recyclable characters - can, paper, glass and plastic. Click on a character to find out what they can be recycled into. 

You should then describe the amazing journey the characters go on to be recycled into new, exciting products. How it happens is up to you.

If you don't know much about what happens to waste, or if you want to expand your knowledge, we have plenty of information to get you started. Take a look at our resources below, and attend one of our workshops, to find extra inspiration for your story.

How to present your story

Your story should be laid out on a storyboard, available to download below. You can also cut out the characters from the sheet provided and stick them onto the storyboard.

Please note you don't have to use the character sheet. You are welcome to draw your own if you would prefer. You can also create new additional characters to go along with the four recyclables.

There are two sizes of storyboard available to download - A3 and A4. We would encourage entrants to use the A3 storyboard, but have included an A4 version for those who don't have access to an A3 printer. You can also visit your local library to see if they can print on A3 for you. Information about printing services in libraries can be found below.

A3 storyboard

Size: 94.93 KB File format: pdf

A4 storyboard

Size: 109.22 KB File format: pdf

Recyclable character sheet

Line art characters for you to colour in, cut out and stick on the storyboard.

Size: 272.90 KB File format: pdf

If you don't have a computer or a printer at home to use, you are very welcome to pop into your local library to use the computers and printers available there. Find your nearest library and the IT equipment available to use there. Please note not all our libraries can print in A3.

Extra tips

Have you thought about?

When creating your story, think about:

  • How were the characters transformed?
  • If other characters were involved?
  • Where it happened - e.g. in space, in the garden, at school, at your home, on holiday?


  • To begin with your recyclable item, end with the item being recycled into something new. What happens in the middle is up to you!
  • Be imaginative and use a good range of describing words - don't forget your punctuation!
  • Find lots of inspirational ideas for free at your local library!

View a sample storyboard

If you're not sure how to lay out your story on the storyboard, please view this sample version.

Size: 716.77 KB File format: pdf

Information and resources

Take a look at the following websites to find information and inspiration to help you:


If you would like to get some extra inspiration, we are also running some free workshops to give you ideas on how to create a simple animation from an app on your phone. 

There are only 15 places available per workshop and these are allocated on a first come first served basis. The workshops will be taking place at the following Cambridgeshire libraries. Please contact the library directly to book your place or email

Location Date and time
Wisbech Library Tuesday 30 July 2019, 10:30am - 11:45am
Cambourne Library Tuesday 30 July 2019, 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Ely Library Wednesday 31 July 2019, 10:30am - 11:45am
Arbury Court Library, Cambridge Wednesday 31 July 2019, 2:00pm - 3:15pm
St Ives Library Friday 2 August 2019, 10:00am - 11:15am

The workshops will last about 60 to 90 minutes and parents will be required to stay with their child(ren). Each workshop will be run by an Education Officer who will introduce recycling and then our partner Breadcrumb Media will lead the interactive workshop where the children will get to make a video using Stikbox app and the libraries will have iPads on hand for the children to use to make the video.

Meet one of the competition judges!

We are excited to announce that Pippa Goodhart, local author of children's bestseller book You Choose, will be one of the judges for the Recyclables Summer Challenge 2019.

Pippa said: ’This competition is a wonderful opportunity for visually creative children. Are we going to discover film makers and animators of the future? The competition’s recycling subject couldn’t be more important or relevant to children. Altogether it’s going to be a treat for me to see and be part of the judging of what they create. I very much hope I can meet the winners and share in their workshop. Exciting!’

Image of Pippa Goodhart

Local author Pippa Goodhart

How and when to submit your story

Parents and children must read the competition rules before submitting entries.

The deadline for submitting your story is 20 September 2019. Please return your completed storyboard to your local Cambridgeshire library or by post to:

Recyclables Summer Challenge
Waste Management Team
Cambridgeshire County Council
Box SH1213
Shire Hall
Castle Hill

Competition dates and deadlines

  • Entries must be received by 20 September 2019
  • A winner will be selected in October 2019
  • The winner's story will be created by the end of November 2019

Competition terms and conditions

Participating schools and parents of children entering the competition are advised to read the rules, terms and conditions before taking part.

  1. The Recyclables Summer Challenge (the "Competition") is open to children who are now in school years 4-6 in Cambridgeshire ("You") in the 2019/20 academic year. Sending in an entry to the Competition means that You accept these Terms and Conditions.
  2. You must give consent in writing (which may include e-mail) from the parent/ guardian of the winning entrant so that the winning entry and the author's name is published, that includes age and school or group on RECAP, Library, and local council websites, social media, press release and other promotional medias. If RECAP does not receive written consent then we may award the prize to another entrant for which we are able to gain such consent.
  3. To enter the Competition, You should complete the storyboard which is available on the RECAP website and at local Cambridgeshire libraries.
  4. To enter the Competition you should return the storyboard to any local library in Cambridgeshire or send your entry to Recyclables Summer Challenge, Waste Management Team, Cambridgeshire County Council, Box SH1213, Shire Hall CB3 0AP. You must ensure that you complete on your storyboard your name, the name of the school that You attend, parent/guardian, class year and contact details. We will only use this information in relation to the Competition (including checking your eligibility to enter it and so that we can contact winners to arrange their prizes) and will not use it for any other purposes whatsoever. We will not keep this information for longer than is necessary for the operation of the Competition. For further details of how we use your personal data can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council website.
  1. You may submit a maximum of two entries to the Competition.
  2. We must receive your entry to the Competition by 20 September 2019.
  3. Entries on behalf of another person will not be accepted. We take no responsibility for entries that are lost, delayed, misdirected or incomplete or cannot be delivered or entered for any reason. Proof of delivery of the entry is not proof of receipt. RECAP shall not be liable for any failure to comply with its obligations caused by something outside reasonable control.
  4. You are responsible for the cost of sending your Competition entry to us. Your entry will not be returned to You.
  1. The relevant board of representatives from RECAP authorities, Amey Waste Management and Cambridgeshire County Council Library and Education Services will pick the First prize WINNER from a shortlist of UP TO 20 chosen by appointed representatives in these organisations. The winning entry will be the one from the shortlist that RECAP considers to be the most original, imaginative, creative and well-executed, good punctuation with a clear beginning, middle and end.
  2. The second prize will be awarded to the school who has the most percentage of students in their class entering the competition.
  3. The decision will be made in October 2019. The decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.The names of the winners will be published on the RECAP website by the end of October 2019.
  1. By submitting an entry to the Competition, You give RECAP copyright of the entry and: a) the right to published the entry on any RECAP, local council and Cambridgeshire library promotional medias with unlimited usage and without charge; and b) The right to use your name, school year and school for the sole purpose of identifying You as the author of your entry.
  1. The first prize winner will receive a workshop with Breadcrumb Media to make their winning story into a video and will be invited to take their whole class for an Animation Work & Activity Day at the Waste Management Park in Waterbeach. The video will be used to promote recycling in Cambridgeshire. We will substitute the prize with another prize of similar value in the event that the original prize offered is unavailable.
  2. The second prize winner will be invited to take their whole class for an interactive Recycling Activity Day at the Waste Management Park in Waterbeach.
  3. The school of the winners will be notified by telephone or email in October 2019 and the parent or guardian of the winner will be contacted direct to provide consent. The prizes cannot be transferred by You and cannot be redeemed by You for cash or any other prizes.
  4. Schools must provide enough adult supervision for the trip to go ahead with the minimum of 1 adult to 6 children. This offer will need to be accepted by 1 November 2019. If the offer is not accepted the prize will go to the runner up. No alternatives, extensions or cash equivalent will be available. The school must be within the district boundary of Cambridgeshire.
  1. The Promoter of the Competition is Cambridgeshire County Council. Any complaints regarding the Competition should be sent to this address.
  2. Nothing in these Terms and Conditions shall exclude the liability of RECAP for death, personal injury, fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation as a result of its negligence. RECAP accepts no responsibility for any damage, loss, liabilities, injury or disappointment incurred or suffered by You as a result of entering the Competition or accepting the prize. RECAP further disclaims liability for any injury or damage to You or any other person's computer relating to or resulting from participation in or downloading any materials in connection with the Competition.
  3. RECAP reserves the right at any time and/or from time to time to modify or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, this Competition with or without prior notice due to reasons outside its control (including, without limitation, in the case of anticipated, suspected or actual fraud). The decision of RECAP in all matters under its control is final and binding.
  4. The Competition will be governed by English legislation.

Resources and information for schools and teachers

To help encourage recycling at your school, please visit the WRAP Resource Library website, where you can download resources, packs, posters and stickers for your students.

Information for schools and colleges on arranging visits to the Waste Management Park in Waterbeach, run by Amey in partnership with Cambridgeshire County Council.

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