It may be ‘rubbish’ - but it’s in the top 5

A ‘Rubbish Survival Guide’ Campaign by Bangor University Students’ Union has made it to the final five of a national competition.

The Students’ Union entered The Ecologist Communication Challenge with a photo from their ‘Rubbish Survival Guide’ Campaign. The challenge aims to encourage student unions to showcase the excellent campaigns and projects being run, looking for photos that have the ability to educate and inspire others on the importance of individual and collective action on environmental issues.

Students’ Union Vice President for Societies & Sustainability, Rich Gorman explained the ‘Rubbish Survival Guide’ Campaign “is intended to help keep Bangor’s streets clean and tidy; getting rid of litter and making sure that rubbish ends up in the right recycling box”.

Bangor’s entry has been shortlisted into the top five photos submitted by Student Unions all across the UK, a fantastic achievement. However, it’s not over yet, the final winner is decided by online voting on The Ecologist Website here:

To see Bangor take the top prize, get online and vote before 12.00 noon on March 11 2011!

Rich Gorman described being selected for the shortlist as “a huge honour that highlights the fantastic environmental work done by so many of the SU’s campaigns, clubs, societies and projects”.

The ’Rubbish Survival Guide’ Campaign, launching fully soon,  aims to increase the levels of recycling amongst students, by educating students from different counties, and even countries, about the recycling system in Gwynedd. One of the main barriers to recycling is a poor understanding of what can and can’t be recycled, and what goes in which box.

The photo of the elected Sabbatical team, who lead the Students’ Union, aimed to make recycling seem more fun and lighthearted, rather than preach at students. The project aims to increase recycling to 150 tonnes by May.

 The Sabbatical team take rubbish to task. Left to right in the image are: (standing) Rich Gorman, Societies & Sustainability, Matt Ison, Communications & Events, (front) Danielle Giles, Sport & Healthy Livings, Sharyn Williams, Welsh Affairs & Community, Jo Caulfield, President, Danielle Buckley  Education & Welfare The Sabbatical team take rubbish to task. Left to right in the image are: (standing) Rich Gorman, Societies & Sustainability, Matt Ison, Communications & Events, (front) Danielle Giles, Sport & Healthy Livings, Sharyn Williams, Welsh Affairs & Community, Jo Caulfield, President, Danielle Buckley Education & Welfare

The photographer was Mihai Tarmure, a Media Studies student and member of the Students’ Union Photographic Society.

Publication date: 23 February 2011