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When the green bin collections were cancelled (since partially restored) as the pandemic kicked in, Cambridge’s school strikers came up with a plan – a competition to design an eco composter from home which would do the job of a green bin just as well and maybe better.

The brief was to design and build a working composter, with the top 11 entrants being shortlisted to a final trio, and the winner to be judged by a panel including Baroness Julie Smith of Newnham, Dame Fiona Reynolds of Emmanuel College and Cllr Lucy Nethsingha of Cambridgeshire County Council.

The 11 entries were selected from a wide pool of inventive and useful designs – many thanks to all who gave their time and energy to the project.

Hopefully there will be more competitions like this, but how that goes depends on you voting for your top entry in this inaugural showcase.

Just decide on your favourite eco composter from the 11 shown here and vote for your favourite. Polling closes on May 29.

1. Junayd & Aarifah Islam, ‘The Lorax’
1. Junayd & Aarifah Islam, ‘The Lorax’

1. Junayd Islam (Hills Road Sixth Form College) and Aarifah Islam (Parkside School): ‘The Lorax’

“We are waiting for Iftari when we’ll actually have food scraps to compost!” they say.

2. Mia and Reuben Robb
2. Mia and Reuben Robb

2. Mia and Reuben Robb (Parkside School): ‘With a Little Help from our Soil Biodiversity Friends’

“The composters are made directly on the soil, highlighting the importance of soil biodiversity in the process.”

3. Nico Roman
3. Nico Roman

3. Nico Roman (King’s College School): ‘My Wire & Ivy Cylindrical (WIC) Eco-Composter’

‘Wic’ means ‘home’ or ‘settlement’ in old English. “It has very simple design and structure but is actually very sturdy!” says Nico.

4. Freya Kotter, “Little log composter"
4. Freya Kotter, “Little log composter"

4. Freya Kotter & Ladislaya Kotter (King’s College School): ‘Little Log Composter’

“I wanted to upcycle by using old twigs that we don’t use anymore.Now we have some carrot peels, apple cores and all sorts of things, so it really helped.”

5. Arthur Depledge
5. Arthur Depledge

5. Arthur Depledge (The Perse School): ‘The Butt Bin’

“It’s made out of an upside-down broken water butt, so I have re-used materials that would’ve otherwise been put to waste.”

6. Freya (Meridian Primary): ‘Sidney’
6. Freya (Meridian Primary): ‘Sidney’

6. Freya (Meridian Primary): ‘Sidney’

“Sidney was made out of found recycled wood like pallets and unused decking boards. We’ve already had some great compost out of it!”

7. Samaya Hone
7. Samaya Hone

7. Samaya Hone & Ella Hone (Chesterton Community College): ‘George’

“We built this green waste composter out of old construction crates for the weeds and other green waste on our allotment.”

8. Paloma, ‘The Doggone Composter’
8. Paloma, ‘The Doggone Composter’

8. Paloma H (St John’s) and Johanna H (St John’s): ‘The Doggone Composter’

“We used an old dog cage. Johanna flipped it over and took out the platform that the dog would have been sitting on and put it on top of the cage as a roof for weather protection.”

9. Carla Kotter, “Fenced in”
9. Carla Kotter, “Fenced in”

9. Carla Kotter (Stephen Perse Foundation): ‘Fenced In’

“I was searching around the garden for material and found an old fence. I cut the fence with wire cutters and fastened a strip with some string.”

10.Jona David
10.Jona David

10. Jona David (Winchester College): ‘The Blue Tumbling Hedgehog Eco-Composter’

“Your Blue Tumbling Hedgehog eco-composter rotates green waste under manual power and fits nicely on a small balcony or terrace, as a decorative corner piece within its own box and no odours.”

11. Órlaith Traynor-Bucknall
11. Órlaith Traynor-Bucknall

11. Órlaith Traynor-Bucknall (King’s College School): ‘Original Organic’

“I decided I would use materials readily available in my house and garage. It’s open at the top and the front only has two panels so it is open at the bottom. If I was to do anything different in the future it would be to build a larger composter as I had not realized the amount of green waste a household can produce.”

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