Secondary school students can submit ideas for repurposing of bulky waste through competition; winners to receive cash prizes

The winning designs will be showcased at the Public Hygiene Council’s quarterly SG Clean Day in October.

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Published: 28 August 2023, 3:19 PM

A nation-wide contest to drive awareness on repurposing and reducing bulky waste is now open to all secondary school students.

As a collaboration between the Public Hygiene Council (PHC) and the Ministry of Education (MOE), Waste to Wonder aims to encourage youths to rethink the use of bulky waste and provide opportunities for them to showcase their ideas by redesigning used bulky furniture into functional items.

The top three winners of the competition will receive cash prizes of $750, $500 and $300 respectively. Two Merit prize winners will receive $100 each. Winning designs will also be showcased at the PHC’s quarterly SG Clean day in October.

Secondary school students aged 13 to 17 may participate individually or in a group of no more than three people from the same school. Only online entries are allowed and their works will be judged according to creativity, functionality and sustainability.

Interested participants must first download the furniture template from PHC’s website and design their creation with it. Chosen designs may be modified to fit the actual furniture piece.

A photo scan or exported template in jpg, png or pdf formats not exceeding three megabytes (MB) are allowed. Artworks must be submitted to the Entry Form with the applicant’s school, personal and parent or guardian details.

Students of the shortlisted submissions will also be invited to a partner’s factory where they can witness how the unwanted furniture can be repurposed based on their designs.

The competition was launched on Saturday (Aug 26) with an in-person workshop conducted for participating students. The workshop was organised by R.I.S.E Network and Just One Earth (JOE) Eco Alliance.

The participants learned how to turn post-consumer waste from households into new functional furniture pieces as well as user experience and emotions of using furniture at the workshop.

Mr Kenneth Lee, Director of the Character & Citizenship Branch at MOE believes the competition can promote student learning and contribute to Singapore’s sustainability efforts.

The competition provides a platform for our youth to express their talents and creativity positively and encourages hands-on involvement to deepen their understanding of the challenges we face in keeping Singapore clean,” he said.

All design entries must be submitted by Sep 13, 11.59pm. More information about the terms and conditions can be accessed via PHC’s website.

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