New mascots to lead waste initiatives thanks to students' design

Published 02 December 2021

Waste mascots

Moreton Bay Region has a new Rethink Waste Mascot thanks to the pupils of Humpybong State School who won the Regional Recycler 2021 Award for their entrant ‘Rubbish Rangers’.

Mayor Peter Flannery said the children’s design would now be turned into a new mascot to lead Council’s waste and sustainability education promotions, while the school was also awarded $2,500.

“Council scoured far and wide on its quest to find a new Rethink Waste Mascot and I must say I was thoroughly impressed with the level of entrants,” he said.

“We had four wonderful participants who displayed a great understanding for responsible waste disposal and much more creativity than I could ever hope to possess.

“But we can only have one winner and I’d like to personally congratulate Humpybong State School for their winning entrant ‘Rubbish Rangers’.

“It was a great thrill to hand the children their trophy and the school their $2,500 prize in person at their weekly assembly and I hope this kickstarts the next generation of waste warriors to protect Moreton Bay Region.

“The other three schools and early learning centres all received Highly Commended Awards and $500 to help implement more waste initiatives so that their pupils can lead the way on responsible waste disposal.

“Residents recently told us in our Moreton Says Survey that they value our beautiful environment more than most, from the pristine beaches to our many lakes and water bodies through to our stunning hinterland area.

“So let’s make sure we all take a leaf out of Humpybong State School’s book and do our part to reduce, reuse and recycle so Moreton Bay stays beautiful for our children.”

The mascots will be developed into artwork for upcoming Council campaigns and they’ll even be turned into costumes for real life mascots to visit schools and early centres and represent Council.