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.

Trash-To-Art Contest

The theme for the Spring 2020 Trash-to-Art Contest will be announced in Spring 2020. There are two categories for this contest – a class category for 3rd through 5th grade classes and an individual category for 3rd through 5th grade students.

The Trash-to-Art Contest encourages students to create an art piece using materials that would otherwise have been thrown away or recycled (no compost, please). 90% of the piece must be made from recyclable or trash material collected at home, school, and everyday life. All mediums of art are encouraged, including sculptures, collages and murals, among others. Art pieces should not exceed 3ft x 3ft. 

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 at the annual RethinkWaste Earth Day @ Shoreway Event in April 2020. The art pieces will also be on display at Shoreway’s Environmental Education Center.

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

2019 1st Place – Individual Category: “RethinkWaste and Create Something Magical” – Arroyo School, San Carlos


Poster Contest

2019 Theme: 4 R’s in the Classroom – Do you and your classmates Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rot (Compost) at school? Do you have awesome new ideas about ways to practice the 4 R’s in your classroom? We want to see!

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 accepted. Original 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.

Full guidelines and submission form for 2019 Poster Contest.

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

2018 Poster Contest 1st Place: Bhavya R, Belmont Oaks, 5th grade
]2018 1st Place: Bhavya R, Belmont Oaks, 5th grade