A competition has been launched to give environmentally-conscious students the chance to go to Reading or Leeds Festival this summer as part of an initiative to encourage recycling at music festivals.

The Student Recycling Champions competition is a joint initiative by drinks recycling programme Every Can Counts, The National Student, and festival organisers Festival Republic, as an effort to spur young people to consider the impact of rubbish and to raise awareness of the importance of recycling waste at music events. The scheme is perfect if you’re interested in sustainability or environmental sciences, and would be ideal experience if you are interested in a career in recycling.

In order to enter the competition, you must demonstrate an imaginative idea to improve recycling in a typical festival environment, in either a 500 word entry or two minute video. The competition is open to any students from a UK university or college who are currently studying, or have graduated in or after 2013.   The six competition winners will join the Every Can Counts team at either Reading or Leeds Festival on 22-24 August.

While there, the two teams will run a series of activities and games to encourage festival goers to recycle their rubbish. Winners will also get the chance to go behind the scenes to see the Festival’s recycling and sustainability operation in full swing.

A similar competition was run by the organisation in 2012, with previous winner Zac Hill saying: “I had a great experience when I was chosen to be a Recycling Champion. I think students want to recycle as much as they can and would recycle more if it was easier to do, particularly when they are out and about, at places like festivals. I’m really looking forward to being involved in another successful Every Can Counts festivals campaign this year and choosing some worthy winners.”

Entries should be emailed to studentchampions@citypress.co.uk before midnight on Sunday 8 June 2014. Students who are selected as winners will also be invited to a planning day in Birmingham on the week commencing 23 June 2014. For further information, check out the Every Can Counts website.

Words: Howell Davies