2020 Trash to Art Winners Announced

RethinkWaste is excited to announce the winners of its eighth annual “Trash to Art” Contest, which was open to all 3rd through 5th grade students in the RethinkWaste service area. The contest challenged students to create a piece of art from normally discarded materials collected at home, school, and around the community.

The student artists submitted one-of-a-kind pieces, ranging from intricate models and detailed dioramas to fully functional, interactive displays. Winners were recognized by RethinkWaste Staff and the Board of Directors at a virtual Trash to Art Recognition event on Friday, May 29th, from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

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

First Place
Gabriel P. (3rd grade)
Laurel School, Menlo Park
“Alligator Golf Hazard”

Second Place
Megan N. (4th grade)
Laurel School, Menlo Park
“Save the Turtles”

Third Place
Nathan T. (4th grade)
Nesbit Elementary, Belmont
“Recycle Air”

Honorable Mention
Henrique C. (3rd grade)
Laurel School, Menlo Park
“The Respiratory System”

In addition to being acknowledged during the Trash to Art Recognition video call, the winning students will receive special recognition at upcoming City Council meetings in their respective cities.

Finally, as a reward for their creative efforts, contest winners will receive a gift card to a fun destination of their choice. 

2020 RethinkWaste Trash to Art Contest Open

The 8th annual RethinkWaste Trash to Art contest is now open!

The Trash to Art Contest is open to 3rd through 5th grade students and classes in the RethinkWaste service area* and encourages students to give trash and recyclables a new meaning through creative reuse!

There are two categories for this contest, one for individual submissions and one for classes. 90% of the art piece must be made from recyclable or trash material collected at home, school, and everyday life (no hazardous materials accepted). All mediums of art are encouraged, including sculptures, collages, and murals, among others. Art pieces should not exceed 3ft x 3ft. 

Update: Submissions are due by Friday, May 8, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. and art must now be submitted online with a two minute video or photos due to current shelter in place restrictions.

Prizes will be awarded to the 1st through 3rd place winners in the individual category and 1st through 2nd place in the class category. All winners will be recognized via RethinkWaste’s website and social media channels.

View examples of previous years’ Trash-To-Art Contest winning submissions here.

*RethinkWaste service area: Atherton, Belmont, Burlingame, East Palo Alto, Foster City, Hillsborough, Menlo Park, Redwood City, San Carlos, San Mateo, parts of unincorporated San Mateo County, and the West Bay Sanitary District

2019 Poster Contest Winners Announced!

RethinkWaste is very excited to announce the winners of its sixth annual poster contest, which was open to all 3rd through 5th graders attending schools in the RethinkWaste service area.  The theme of this year’s poster was “4R’s in the Classroom.”  Over a hundred posters were submitted from 15 different schools! The artwork received illustrated the creative ways students Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Rot (Compost) in the classroom and around their school campuses.

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

First Place – “The 4R’s”

Kyle E., 5th grade, Roosevelt School, Redwood City

Second Place – “4R’s in the Classroom”

Gianna A., 5th grade, Immaculate Heart of Mary, Belmont

Third Place – “Nurture Nature”

Mary S., 5th grade, Brewer Island Elementary School, Foster City

Honorable Mention – “Use the 4R’s”

Nicholas T., 4th grade, George Hall Elementary School, San Mateo

Honorable Mention – “Recycle Party”

Taiki I., 3rd grade, Foster City Elementary School, Foster City

The First Place poster will be featured on the side of a Recology collection truck with routes in Redwood City, so the winner can look forward to seeing their artwork around the neighborhood this spring!  All the posters will be showcased on the RethinkWaste website and social media and may appear in RethinkWaste newsletters and other educational materials. 

2019 RethinkWaste Poster Contest Open

The 6th annual RethinkWaste poster contest is now open!

The theme for 2019 is: 4 R’s in the Classroom. We are asking students to reflect and illustrate how they Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rot (Compost) in their class and around their school.

Any 3rd through 5th grade student attending schools located in the RethinkWaste service area* may enter this contest.

All submitted posters must be 8.5 x 14 inches (legal size). Any 2D mediums may be used – this includes paint, markers, crayons and colored pencils. Bright, rich colors are encouraged. Only one entry per student will be acceptedOriginal artwork only.

Posters must be delivered flat and submitted by Friday, October 4, 2019 at Noon to the RethinkWaste office at 610 Elm Street, Suite 202, San Carlos along with a contest submission form.

The 1st Place poster will be enlarged and displayed on the side of a Recology truck with routes in the winning artist’s local neighborhood and receive four tickets to a science museum. 2nd and 3rd Place winners will also receive tickets to a science museum. Winning posters will also be highlighted on the RethinkWaste website and in other promotional materials.

View examples of previous years’ Poster Contest winning submissions here.

*The RethinkWaste service area includes Atherton, Belmont, Burlingame, East Palo Alto, Foster City, Hillsborough, Menlo Park, Redwood City, San Carlos, San Mateo, the County of San Mateo and the West Bay Sanitary District.