Poster Contest

2021 Poster Contest Guidelines

  • Participants must be 3rd through 5th grade students in the RethinkWaste service area*.
  • 2021 Theme: Compost Champions!
    • Why is it so important to compost our food scraps, dirty paper, and yard trimmings? Share how you compost like a champion with your family, friends, or class!
  • Must be made individually, one entry per student.
  • Posters must be 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: 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 29, 2021 by 11:59 PM
    • Please complete the online submission form found below.
    • Online submissions must include a photo or scan of the poster.
      • Note: Please do not discard your poster after submitting. 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 mid November.
  • All winners will be recognized on the RethinkWaste website, social media, and a live stream event.


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

1st Place Winner: Poster displayed on local Recology truck
1st – 3rd Place Winners: Gift packs full of fun, reusable items!

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


Online Submission Form

2021 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 "Compost Champions," including any inspirational or special information we should know about.
  • Drop files here or
    Max. file size: 125 MB, Max. files: 3.
      Please upload a high resolution photo or scan of the poster here. You may submit up to three files. Please RETAIN YOUR ORIGINAL ARTWORK after submitting. Winners will be asked to mail their original posters to RethinkWaste.
    • School Information

    • Parent/Guardian Information

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