The prize giving for the annual Wicklow County Council Christmas Decoration Competition was held in County Buildings on Monday the 19th of December.  The competition is run in primary schools throughout the county.  “The rules of the competition are simple.” explains Jim Callery, Assistant Environmental Awareness Officer with Wicklow County Council. “Waste or junk items must be used predominantly in the making of the decorations. As its Christmas, a little bit of glitter or tinsel can be added into the mix.”

Schools forward their best decorations to the county final where a range of prize winners are selected taking account of age, the types of waste materials used to make a decoration, and the creativity of the finished piece.  With increasing numbers of entries this year judges had a difficult job narrowing it down to an eventual group of twenty five winners to represent the best in county.  Winners in the competition ranged in age from five to twelve years of age.

Cllr Pat Fitzgerald, Caithaoirleach, and Bryan Doyle, Chief Executive of Wicklow County Council presented the winners with their prizes on the night.  Cllr. Fitzgerald congratulated the winners on their achievement. He remarked on the range of decorations produced and the variety of materials used by the children. It takes great imagination to see potential in junk items and skill is required to assemble the decoration into an item to hang from the tree or in the case of some of the larger items place beside it.

Christmas is the time of the year when we produce more waste than any other time of the year. The Eastern-Midlands Regional Waste Office (EMWRO) funded by twelve local authorities including Wicklow County Council has put together a handy guide to greening your Christmas to help reduce or reuse your waste at Christmas time.

For more tips on having a Green Christmas, see www.emwr.ie