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BWTW 2024

Bulky Waste to Wonder Competition 2024

About the Competition

Singapore generated 7.39 million tonnes of waste in 2022. This is not sustainable, and it is imperative for every one of us to adopt an eco-friendlier lifestyle. Our youths are the future custodians of our environment and hence it is even more critical to inculcate the civic-mindedness and cultivate the right values in them.


In partnership with the Ministry of Education (MOE) – Character & Citizenship Education Branch and J.O.E (Just One Earth) Eco Alliance, the Public Hygiene Council (PHC) is pleased to organise a nation-wide competition titled ‘Bulky Waste to Wonder Competition 2024’. It has been designed to provide opportunities for youths to rethink the use of bulky waste and showcase their ideas by redesigning and/or repurposing used bulky furniture into functional items. We hope that through the youths’ creativity and imagination, they can inspire others to think twice before dumping their bulky waste items. This will help us to achieve a more sustainable lifestyle and progress towards maintaining a truly clean and hygienic Singapore.


Open to

All secondary school students, option to participate as an individual or in group of max 3 pax.


Key Dates to Note

 6 May 2024
  •  Competition opens
 End of Jun (TBC)
  •  Design workshop (in-person)
 19 Jul 2024
  •  Closing date
 5 & 6 Aug 2024
  •  Pitch presentation by shortlisted students
 16 Aug 2024
  •  Announcement of finalists
 Early Sep
  •  Internship opportunity for finalists
 27 Oct 2024
  •  Final judging
  •  Announcement of winners 
  •  Prize presentation

Judging Criteria

The Evaluation Panel will judge the submissions based on the following criteria:

 Criteria / Weightage Description
 Creativity (30%)
  • Originality of the design concept (i.e. should introduce fresh and novel concepts that have not been commonly seen) / how well it stands out from conventional furniture pieces
  • Alignment with competition goal of reducing bulky waste and promoting environmental responsibility
  • Promotes modularity or multi-useability
  • Takes into consideration in both ergonomics and emotional needs. Utilises materiality, texture and colours to create a pleasing end product
 Functionality (40%)
  • The practicality (i.e. design should not be just aesthetically pleasing but also serve a functional purpose in everyday use) and useability (i.e., design should cater to user comfort and convenience) of the upcycled furniture piece
  • How well the design fits into various living / working context
  • Being able to cater to wider spectrum of users, allowing for multi-generational use
  • Ease of operation and useability with consideration of practicality and usefulness
 Sustainability (30%)
  • The longevity of the design in terms of wear and tear (i.e. should be robust and be able to withstand regular use and be able to stand up to trends, ensuring a long lifespan)
  • Being effective in utilising materials that have been discarded, to be able to provide a second life and further enhance the final product
 Total: 100%  


  • First Prize: $750 cash
  • Second Prize: $500 cash
  • Third Prize: $300 cash
  • Merit Prize x 2: $100 cash each

Terms and Conditions

  1. The competition is only open to secondary school students studying in Singapore.
  2. Option to participate individually or in a group of no more than 3 participants from the same school.
  3. Each individual or group is allowed to submit only one entry.
  4. Entry must be submitted online - no hard copies will be accepted.
  5. The submitted entry must be original and should not be a winning entry in any other competitions. The PHC reserves the right to request for proof(s) that an entry is the original property of the participant and submitted solely by the participant for this competition.
  6. The entry cannot contain third-party copyright logos or material and must not violate the rights of any person or entity, including copyright, privacy, or any other intellectual property rights. Upon submitting the artwork to this competition, the participant is solely responsible for any infringement of copyrighted materials.
  7. The judges' decision is final, and no queries will be entertained.
  8. Failure to comply with any of the conditions stated will be subjected to disqualification.
  9. The Organiser reserves the rights to disqualify any entries that do not adhere to the above rules.


How to Take Part

  • Step 1: Download the Bulky Waste to Wonder Furniture Redesign / Repurpose Template. (only available after the Design Workshop)
  • Step 2: Design your creation using the template. Please note that your design, if chosen, may be subjected to modification to fit the actual furniture piece
  • Step 3: Take a photograph, scan or export your artwork to jpg / png / pdf not exceeding 3 MB.
  • Step 4: Submit your artwork with your personal and parent / guardian details, school information within the ENTRY FORM.


All entries must be submitted no later than Friday, 19 Jul 2024, 2359 hours (Singapore Time). Late submissions will not be accepted.

Submit your finalised artwork via ENTRY FORM. Entries with incomplete information will be disqualified.


Design Workshop (In-Person)

An in-person workshop will be conducted by our furniture designer partners, JLL Design Solutions and Triple Eyelid, to equip participants with knowledge, techniques, and tips on how to work on a good design. You will get to meet industry designers and hear them share about their experiences too. Interested participants of the competition are strongly encouraged to attend the workshop.

Participants of in-person workshop will stand a chance to win limited edition giveaways. Light refreshments will also be served.

Only 80 seats are available, so register here to avoid disappointment! Registration for physical session is based on first-come-first-served basis and only successful registrations for the physical workshop will be informed via email.


Details of Workshop

Date: End of Jun (TBC)
Time: 10:00am to 11:30am (Registration begins at 9.30am)
Venue: JOS & Sunon Sustainability Experience Centre
Address: 18 Robinson Road, #02-03, Singapore 048547



  1. While all possible care will be taken during the verification of the Finalists' designs, the PHC will assume no responsibility for any loss or damage of the designs before, during and after verification.
  2. The copyright in all works and the ownership of the submitted works remains with the PHC and approval must be sought from the PHC for any use.
  3. By submitting an entry to the Public Hygiene Council (PHC), the Participant agrees to the terms stated above and allows PHC to share his/her personal data within the organisation, to collect and use the data, and to disclose the data to the organisation’s authorised service providers and competition sponsor, for the following purposes:  To contact the award winners and / or participants to discuss any future exhibitions, public events related to their artworks and other art events.
  4. The PHC reserves the right to disqualify entries that do not comply with the rules and regulations, and to the works created in the actual event including the liberty to handle the works as it deems fit.


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