Last Friday, the winners of the Waste Poetry Competition were revealed! The Winners and Runners up of each category were invited to The Thank You Awards, held at County Hall in Exeter. The Thank You Awards celebrate the amazing work that Devon residents do to reduce waste in their local communities. Find out more about this years awards here.

If you would like to read the winning poems, you can find them here!

The Key Stage 1 prizes were presented by Alex Kittow, the Chief Executive of Libraries Unlimited.


Thalia Hart, Age 7

‘Reusable Recyclable Art’

Runner Up:

Jonty Greeves, Age 7

How to Compost

Runner Up:

Yumi Gillingham, Age 5

Bins are Stinky

The Key Stage 2 prizes were presented by Rob Sanders from Suez.


Anya Passmore, Age 9

Chumleigh School

‘Save our Sea’

Runner Up:

Oliver Simpson, Age 9

‘Turtle Speaks’

Runner Up:

Sophia Humes, Year 5

Appledore Primary School

‘No Plastic Pollution’

Alex Kittow, the Chief Executive of Libraries Unlimited also presented the Key Stage 3 & 4 Prizes.


Carys Pratt, Age 12

‘There is another way…’

Runner Up:

Jack Phillips, Age 12

Uffculme School

‘I Really Love the Sea’

Runner Up:

Lydia Farmer, Age 11

‘Wormy Wormery’

And finally, the winner for the 16 – 18 age category was presented by Rob Sanders from Suez.


Grace Stephens, Age 17


Congratulations to all the winners and runners up! A big thank you to everyone who entered the waste poetry competition. So many amazing and inspiring poems were submitted, ranging from recycling, plastics, composting and so much more!

If you’d like to have a go at writing your own waste poem, check out our free Waste Poetry resource packs with a pack available for each key stage. Each pack includes example lesson plans, word banks, and poems to inspire students.