2023 RethinkWaste Poster Contest Winners

RethinkWaste is very excited to announce the winners of its 10th annual poster contest, which was open to all 3rd through 8th graders attending schools in the RethinkWaste service area. The contest was extended to middle school grade levels for the first time! This year’s poster theme was “Super Sorters,” where students were asked to creatively illustrate the ways they sort their waste. In total, we received 47 original submissions from our student artists, representing 19 schools and six Member Agencies.

The winners and their respective cities and schools are listed below:

Elementary School Category

First Place “We Are Super Sorters!”
Tao M., 5th grade, McKinley Elementary School, Burlingame

Second Place “I ❤️ Sorting”
Chloe L., 3rd grade, West Hillsborough Elementary, Hillsborough

Honorable Mention – “Think Before You Toss!”
Isabel Y., 5th grade, Belmont Oaks Academy, Belmont

Middle School Category

First Place – “Can We Do Better Than Racoons?”
Alyssa L., 6th grade, Crystal Springs Uplands School, Belmont

Second Place – “Blue Black Green Bin”
Rya K., 7th grade, Crocker Middle School, Hillsborough

Honorable Mention – “Treasure Our Trash”
Neel V., 8th grade, North Shoreview Montessori, San Mateo

High resolution photos of the winning posters are available upon request. 

The First Place posters will be featured on the side of Recology collection trucks, so the winners will see their artwork around their neighborhoods later this year! All winning posters will be showcased on the RethinkWaste website and social media and may appear in RethinkWaste newsletters and other educational materials. In addition, contest winners may be recognized at upcoming City Council meetings.

As a reward for their submissions, all winners will receive fun eco-friendly prizes of their choice!