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Stansted's Plea To Keep It Litter Free

05 Mar 2012

Stansted Airport has invited budding young artists from Braintree to put paintbrush to paper and design a range of posters to kick off the airport's 'Keep Stansted Tidy' campaign.

Promising Picassos from Alec Hunter Community College have been challenged to paint three dazzling posters with catchy catchphrases that inspire passengers and staff to feel proud of the airport and bin their unwanted trash.

Winning entries will be displayed across the airport throughout 2012 including the Golden Jubilee weekend and the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. 

Hamish Birley, Assistant Headteacher from Alec Hunter Humanities College, said:

"This competition is a great opportunity for students to show off their artistic abilities, but also to reflect upon an issue that affects us all.  For our students to feel that they can contribute to such a high profile campaign will enthuse them to be litter conscious and therefore less likely to litter themselves.

"The thought of having their designs being used in the airport to encourage people to keep the airport tidy is a fantastic motivation to produce inspiring work.  We have recently focused on the issue of litter at Alec Hunter, so the competition comes at a poignant time for us.  We relish the opportunity to contribute to and be part of Stansted's solutions."

Kate Newcombe, project leader of the ‘Keep Stansted Tidy’ campaign, said:

"This is a fantastic opportunity for young budding artists to showcase their artwork in one of the UK’s busiest airports. This initiative will help ensure all those visitors using Stansted to celebrate the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee have the best possible impression of the airport and the UK."

Posters will need to focus on key areas including food waste, empty bottles, unwanted newspapers, cigarettes butts and chewing gum. Following a rigorous judging process the winning designs will be put on display in the terminal, coach station, car parks and transfer buses. The initiative forms part of a Government led campaign to tidy up the UK.