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Designers put festive recycling message in a bottle

18/12/12

Aberdeen City Council's Waste Aware team has joined forces with design students from the Robert Gordon University to create a Christmas tree with a difference.

Around the tree are, clockwise L-R Grant Anderson,Megan Wood, Councillor Neil Cooney - Convenor of housing & environment and Martina Klubal- community waste worker. Grant Anderson and Megan Wood, fourth year Communication Design students at RGU's Gray's School of Art, created the glass Christmas tree and presented it to the Waste Aware team to use in a festive recycling campaign.

The campaign will be reminding people of the reduce, reuse and recycle message.

Grant and Megan created the striking artwork completely out of waste materials. Brown, green and clear glass bottles were sandblasted to give a frosted look, upturned and attached to metal branches in a spiral shape.

The tree is topped with a star carved out of reclaimed wood. Grant and Megan even turned offcuts from the glass bottles into candle holders to be used as Christmas decorations.

Aberdeen City Council Community Waste Worker Martina Klubal said: "Understandably, recycling can be a low priority at this time of year. But many of the things we use a lot of over the festive season – including cards, paper, bottles, batteries and sweetie tins – can be recycled.

"We wanted to create something which would remind people of that and show the good uses that recycled materials can be put to. Grant and Megan have done a great job on the tree and I would encourage people to visit Marischal College to see it for themselves."

Grant said: "The Communication Design course regularly supports and collaborates with companies and organisations on a wide variety of socially-orientated initiatives. Through the application of design methods and processes we have been exploring ways in which designers can apply their skills both in terms of intervention, inclusivity and the local community.

"Recycling and the environment are themes that often occur and we are keen to help raise awareness of the fantastic work being carried out by Aberdeen City Council's Waste Aware team."

The tree will be on display in the foyer of Marischal College until 07 January 2013.