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Eco bins and fridge cameras among young entrepreneurs’ ingenious creations

A bin capable of weighing food waste and encouraging recycling and composting was the winning entry in an innovation competition for young entrepreneurs.

King James I Academy pupils celebrate first place (Image: Business Durham)
King James I Academy pupils celebrate first place (Image: Business Durham)

The annual County Durham Future Business Magnates competition saw Year 8 pupils from local schools apply creativity and problem-solving to a range of challenges.


Organised by Business Durham, the business support service of Durham County Council, this year’s theme was ‘What a Wonderful World – Can you Make it Better?’.


And after an exciting finale at Hardwick Hall, pupils from King James I Academy took first place overall with their ‘Smart Weigh’ business.


Their ingenious concept is based on an eco-friendly bin that can weigh food waste, with users then earning points according to how much of the waste is recycled or composted.


Runners-up, Belmont Community School, came up with ‘TechC’, a camera installed inside people’s fridges to monitor the shelf life of products.


Framwellgate School’s team bagged third place for their educational ‘ShoreSavers’ package, designed to teach primary school children about protecting the earth’s oceans.


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