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 2023 Trash to Art Contest is now open! This contest encourages students and classes to build an art piece using materials that would otherwise be thrown away or recycled (no compost or hazardous waste, 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.

Please note that artwork must be submitted in-person. This year there are TWO contest categories:

Click the above links for more information on each category.

Deadline for entries is Friday, April 7, 2023 at 4 p.m.

We look forward to all your submissions!

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


Poster Contest

Winners of our 2022 Poster Contest have been announced!

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