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Winner announced for Veolia Nottinghamshire welcome sign design competition

A wonderful range of creative entries were received at the Materials Recovery Facility in Mansfield for the new Welcome Sign competition design. Veolia (Nottinghamshire County Council’s waste contractors) are delighted to announce that the Harry Lobley from Mansfield has been named as the winning designer. 

Thousands of guests are welcomed every year to the Materials Recovery Facility in Mansfield. Schools, community groups, and local residents visit to find out more about recycling in Nottinghamshire and learn what can and cannot go into the recycling bin. The 110 entries from children across Nottinghamshire were considered by a panel of judges from Veolia and Nottinghamshire County Council who were all in awe of the fantastic array of imaginative entries.

The winning entry has been designed by local student Harry Lobley aged 10 from High Oakham Primary School in Mansfield. 

Harry was delighted to see his design and said ‘I’m thrilled to have won this competition. I thoroughly enjoyed designing the welcome sign and it is great to see it on display. The fact that Veolia make pencils out of newspaper means that this quote will be a pencil next week.’


Mr James Sas, Harry’s year 5 teacher said: ‘We are very proud of Harry’s achievement. He worked diligently to create a wonderfully artistic yet educational new welcome sign for the Materials Recovery Facility. During our school visit to the site, we learnt about their recycling process, which Harry reflected clearly in his brilliant design. Congratulations from staff and pupils at High Oakham Primary School.’


Wayne Draycott, Treatment Manager for Veolia said: ‘It was wonderful to see all the creative designs, there was a very high standard to choose from and a tough job for all the Judges to decide upon a winner. Congratulations to Harry for winning the competition, and for his design including recycling for the world and the journey recyclables take in Nottinghamshire. 


Harry was presented with his prize on Friday 19th July by the Chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council Councillor Kevin Rostance and Wayne Draycott from Veolia. 


Chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council Councillor Kevin Rostance said: “I am thrilled that so many pupils took part in this creative competition, it’s fantastic that Harry’s work will be seen by all of the visitors to the Materials Recycling Facility.  I am also really encouraged by the number of local residents who visit this important Nottinghamshire facility, and that the recycling message is being spread far and wide.”

If you would like to become a champion of recycling at home, the recycling information leaflet can be downloaded from: