School Contests

Every school year, RethinkWaste hosts two art contests – the Trash-to-Art Contest is held in the spring and a Poster Contest is held in the fall. These contests are open to all 3rd through 5th grade students attending schools located in the RethinkWaste service area*.

*RethinkWaste service area: 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

Trash To Art Contest

Get your tools and creativity ready! RethinkWaste’s Trash to Art Contest encourages students to build an art piece using materials that would otherwise be thrown away or recycled (no compost, please!) All mediums of art are encouraged, including sculptures, collages, and murals. At least 90% of the piece must be made from recyclable or trash material. Art pieces should not exceed 3ft x 3ft.

Special Note: In the past, the Trash to Art Contest was hosted for both individual students and full classes. Due to COVID-19 and the inability for classroom groups to collaborate on joint projects, this year’s contest is only for individual students.

The 2021 Trash of Art Contest winners have been announced.

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


Poster Contest

The 2021 Poster Contest winners have been announced!

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