Trash To Art Contest – Individual

Individual Category Contest Guidelines

  • Participants must be 3rd-5th grade students attending school in the RethinkWaste service area*.
  • The art piece must be made by an individual student. Adult supervision is required, but adult assistance should be kept to a minimum.
  • 90% of the art piece must be made from everyday items that were destined for the recycling or landfill bins. No compost or hazardous materials, such as batteries or e-waste.
  • Artwork may be any art medium: sculptures, collages, murals, etc.
  • All art pieces should not exceed 3 ft. x 3 ft.
  • Artwork must meet the following criteria: can stand alone and is able to be moved by an individual.

*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

  • Completed Contest Submission Form (below) must accompany contest submission.
    • Remember to leave your completed submission form with your project!
  • Submissions must be dropped-off by Friday, March 29th at 4 p.m. to the Shoreway Environmental Center located at 333 Shoreway Road, San Carlos CA 94070 (open Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.). Please park in the visitors parking lot (Gate 2) and bring your artwork upstairs to the “Rethinker Room.” If you are unable to access the facility, please email or call 650-802-3508.
  • Winning art pieces will be announced by Friday, April 5th.
  • All winners will be recognized publicly at the RethinkWaste Earth Day Event on Saturday, April 27th at the Shoreway Environmental Center.


Prizes will be awarded to 1 Winner Per Grade Level for 3rd Grade, 4th Grade and 5th Grade.

Winners choose from a selection of fun local activities or sustainable arts & crafts kits!

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


Submission Form ENGLISH (please print and attach to your art piece)

Submission Form SPANISH (please print and attach to your art piece)