Frequently asked questions

  1. How does it work?
  2. Who can enter?
  3. What counts as a submission?
  4. How can I get my school or community group involved?
  5. How are the entries judged?
  6. Where can I get materials for my invention?

1. How does it work?

You can enter as an individual, a class, school or community group. Register now. You will be sent all of the information you need to participate.

A photos of your Gardens Alive! themed invention needs to be submitted by email by Monday 23 October 2017.

All entrants will receive a participation certificate.

A panel of independent judges will select overall winners and prizes will be awarded by the end of the school year.

Category winners (best primary school entry, best high school entry and best entry by an individual or community group) will receive a tailored sustainability prize pack to the value of $1000.

2. Who can enter?

Entries are now accepted from schools, individuals or community groups across Western Australia thanks to support from the Waste Authority.  Entries are invited from young people 18 years and under only.

3. What counts as a submission?

Your submission is dependent on the project you have undertaken. Please see project ideas for examples of different submissions. We are looking for submissions that demonstrate an effort to reuse, repurpose or upcycle used items instead of throwing them away. In 2017, Young re-inventor of the year adopts the theme of Gardens alive!, so we are asking you to reinvent rubbish into something that brings your garden to life. If you are not sure if your project qualifies, we are happy to discuss this with you, please contact us.

4. How can I get my school or community group involved?

It is easy; just get your teacher or group leader to register. We will send them all the information they need to help you on your way.

5. How are the entries judged?

The entries will be ranked by a panel of independent judges in November 2017. Entries will be judged on:

  1. Relation to the 2017 theme (does your invention re-invent rubbish into something that brings your garden to life?)
  2. Use of an existing waste stream – does your invention use items that are routinely thrown away at your school or in your home or community?
  3. Practicality – is your invention useful? Does it suit its purpose?
  4. Aesthetics – Does your invention look appealing?

6. Where can I get materials for my invention?

Collect your own
You are encouraged to make use of the waste streams available to you and your school or community. Ask students to bring in old clothes, jewellery or buttons. Or make use of the waste created by the uniform shop or local community.

The City of Armadale's Drop'n'Shop Reuse Centre is all about resource conservation, creativity and giving new life to discarded items. The volunteer-ran centre provides savvy shoppers with the opportunity to minimise waste to landfill and find a bargain.

Location: Hopkinson Road Landfill and Recycling Facility in Brookdale.

Opening Hours

Thursday 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Friday 8:30 am  - 4:30 pm
Saturday 8:30 am  - 4:30 pm
Sunday 8:30 am  -  4:00 pm

REmida WA
REmida collects industrial discards from shops and factories around Perth, and makes these materials available to schools, childcare centres, artists and families. 

Location: 1 Prospect Place, West Perth 

Opening Hours

Tuesday 12:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Thursday 12:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Saturday 1:00 pm  - 4:00 pm

Closed Public Holidays 

Op shops
Charity shops are full of used items ready to be repurposed or upcycled. Find an op shop near you.

There are lots of websites that facilitate the buying, trading and giving away of used goods. Check out the ones below to get you started: