Every Can Counts launches festival competition

Can recycling campaign organisation Every Can Counts has launched a competition to find six ‘Recycling Champions’ to promote the message of recycling at this summer’s Reading and Leeds Festivals.

Run in partnership with festival organisers Festival Republic and student publication The National Student, the competition calls on students to submit ‘an innovative idea’ that could encourage festival-goers to recycle their drinks cans while on site.

The chosen winners will work for two days (22-23 August) at the Every Can Counts drinks can recycling promotion at either Reading and Leeds, before having the final day of the festival free to listen to music acts, which this year includes Arctic Monkeys, Jake Bugg and Vampire Weekend.

Prior to the festival weekend, the winners willalso need to be available to take part in a training workshop, and they will be expected to contribute towards communications around the festival, for example by writing about the experience through guest blogs and taking part in interviews.

Zac Hill, a winner from when the programme last ran, in 2012, will be one of the judges for this year’s competition, along with Every Can Counts Executive Director, Rick Hindley, Festival Republic’s Sustainability Coordinator, Laura Pando, and James Thornhill, Editor of The National Student.

The competition is open to students who are currently studying, or have graduated in or after 2013, from a UK university or college. The closing date for entries is midnight on Sunday, 15 June 2014.

Every Can Counts is a partnership between the European and UK drinks can manufacturers, the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP), and the aluminium and steel packaging and recycling industries.

Find out more about how to become a Recycling Champion at Reading or Leeds Festival.