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Student artists have been given the opportunity to show off their creative skills in a new drive to encourage travellers and staff to bin their litter at Stansted Airport.

The campaign, called Keep Stansted Tidy, aims to encourage passengers and airport staff to clean their rubbish up after themselves.

Youngsters from the Alec Hunter Community College, based in Braintree, were asked to take part in the initiative by painting posters with eye-catching phrases and entering them into the project's competition.

The best designs will be chosen to be exhibited around the airport in areas such as the terminals, within the coach station, in the car parks and in the spaces surrounding transfer buses.

The aspiring artists can select from a number of litter topics, for example leftover food waste, dropped chewing gum and empty cans and bottles.

Organisers from the campaign plan to display the posters this year during the Queen's Diamond Jubilee weekend and throughout the Olympic and Paralympic Games in London.

Project leader Kate Newcombe said it was a great chance for the youngsters to expose their creations in one of the UK's biggest airports.

The launch of the drive is an extension of a bigger campaign being run by the Government, who hopes to see a tidier Britain.

Copyright Press Association 2012