Big belly, big brain: give us your big idea!

Hume rubbish truck
Keeping clean: This Hume rubbish truck will soon have a new helper.

Children across Hume should sharpen their pencils, because Hume City Council wants them to help design a sticker for a new hi-tech bin.

Hume Mayor, Councillor Helen Patsikatheodorou, said Council would soon unveil a clever, big belly bin.

“This is so exciting,” Cr Patsikatheodorou said.

“It’s a smart bin that can compact waste, which means it will take a lot longer to fill.

“When the big bin is almost full, it will send Hume City Council a message so that our waste officers can come and empty it.

“The bin will help to curb litter, which can damage the environment and make our parks and streets look untidy.

“And thanks to nifty solar panels, the bin shall be powered by clean energy that is produced with help from the sun.”

Hume has launched a competition, through which children can suggest designs for a sticker that Council will attach to the smart bin.

The winning entrant shall receive for their school or community group a $600 voucher which can be spent at Ceres, the community environment park.

Ceres sells a variety of products which help people to live a sustainable life, like worm farms, fruit trees, and energy-saving items.

Cr Patsikatheodorou encouraged all young people to take part in the competition.

“Children in Hume are very creative, and I know that they will come up with some great designs,” she said.

“This is a terrific activity for a young person who has an interest in art, and I’m sure the winner will be very satisfied when they see their design on show in public.

“People can be as adventurous as they like with their entries, and I’m confident we will receive some really eye-catching proposals.”

Hume City Council’s waste and litter education officer regularly visits schools to encourage children to recycle.

Cr Patsikatheodorou said there were many things people could do to reduce the amount of waste they produced.

“Australians tend to generate more rubbish than people in most other countries, but it doesn’t have to be this way,” she said.

“Store your left-overs in the fridge overnight, so that you don’t have to cook the next day.

“Attach a no-junk-mail sticker to your letterbox, to help reduce the number of catalogues at your home.

“And consider whether you might be able to live without a paper phone book, because it’s easy to stop their delivery via”

Every year, Hume City Council collects more than 42,000 tonnes of garbage, 16,000 tonnes of recyclables and 5,100 tonnes of organics.

Young people who would like to enter the sticker design competition can download a form at

Entries close at 5pm on Friday 17 June 2016, and people can find out more if they call Hume City Council on 03 9205 2200.

Posted on 12:00 AM, 19 May 2016

Updated : 5:01 PM, 19 May 2016

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