In 2018, Snowy Monaro Regional Council in New South Wales asked primary students in the Bombala and Delegate areas to produce artwork which would encourage the community to reduce waste and increase recycling. Students could either draw or paint a design that would help to spread the message of reduce, reuse and recycle. “The successful winner, Alex Reed from St. Joseph’s Primary School, was announced and will now have her artwork pictured on the side of the kerbside waste and recycling collection vehicle – which undertakes the kerbside collection for the Bibbenluke, Bombala, Cathcart and Delegate areas,” explained Snowy Monaro Regional Council. Along with Alex’s picture on the side of the collection truck, her school was donated a recycled plastic Buddy Bench from the council. “Replas produces Buddy Benches which are made from durable, recycled plastics that not only helps the environments and assists with ‘Closing the Loop’ for recycled materials, but helps change behavioural cultures at school,” explained Resource and Waste Education Officer, Edwina Lowe. The Buddy Bench from Replas creates a welcoming space in schools for students who feel alone or in need of a friend. Well done to Snowy Monaro Regional Council for engaging with local schools to win such a special gift!