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: 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

Trash To Art Contest

The 2020 Trash to Art Contest winners have been announced.

The Trash-to-Art Contest encourages students to create an art piece using materials that would otherwise have been thrown away or recycled.

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

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Poster Contest

The 2020 Poster Contest is now open!

2020 Poster Contest Guidelines

  • Participants must be 3rd through 5th grade students in the RethinkWaste service area*.
  • 2020 Theme: Rethinking Waste On the Move!
    • It’s fun enjoying the outdoors with your family and social bubble! Show us which of the 4 R’s (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rot/Compost) you’re practicing while you spend time in your yard, neighborhood, local parks, and other outdoor spaces. You might be picking up litter, packing a zero waste picnic, or gardening – no matter what “R” you’re practicing, we would love to see it!
  • Must be made individually, one entry per student.
  • Posters must be created on 8.5 x 11 inch white paper in landscape (horizontal) orientation. No lined paper.
  • No copyrighted material, computer graphics, or characters. Must be all original artwork.
  • Must be 2D and in any medium (paint, markers, color pencils, crayons, etc..).

*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

Submission Instructions

  • Submissions are due October 30, 2020 at Noon.
    • Please complete the online submission form found below.
    • Online submissions must include a high resolution photo or scan of the poster.
      • Note: Please retain your original artwork after submission of a photo or scan. Winning entries will be required to submit the original poster to RethinkWaste.
    • If you have questions or concerns, please email RethinkWaste staff or call (650) 802-3506.
  • Winning art pieces will be announced no later than November 13, 2020.
  • All winners will be recognized on the RethinkWaste website, social media, and a live stream event.

Prizes

Prizes will be awarded to the 1st through 3rd place winners.

Gift Card Prizes:

1st Place: $150
2nd Place: $100
3rd Place: $50

Gift Card Options:
Aquarium of the Bay, California Windsurfing, Laurel Street Arts

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

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Online Submission Form

2020 Poster Contest

  • Student Information

  • Please provide a short 1-2 sentence description of your poster submission and how it relates to this year’s theme of “Rethinking Waste on the Move,” including any inspirational or special information we should know about.
  • Drop files here or
      Please upload the poster here. Provide either a scanned version or take a photo. You may submit up to three files. Please DO NOT discard your poster after submitting. Winners will be asked to mail their posters to RethinkWaste.
    • School Information

    • Parent/Guardian Information

    • Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY