ARD is a national event (November 15th) that promotes recycling, source reduction and buying products made from recycled materials as objectives to a more sustainable society. In celebration of ARD, MDE has created the “Rethink Recycling” sculpture contest and judging ceremony to display students’ creativity and promote recycling. The sculpture contest and judging ceremony is a great opportunity for celebrating efforts of the student artists, for media exposure and for promoting waste prevention to the general public. The sculpture contest challenges students to innovatively and artistically use recycled materials as a solution to waste reduction. If you would like more information about ARD, visit the America Recycles Day's web page.
"Rethink Recycling" Sculpture Contest2017 Sculpture Contest
The 16th annual sculpture contest will be held on Friday, November 17, 2017, at Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) in Baltimore. MDE would like to extend this invitation to high school students. Two entries will be accepted from each high school (additional entries may become available later). The contest gives students the chance to be inventive and create a sculpture made from recyclable or reused materials (see guidelines). Judges will select an overall winning sculpture along with individual recognition for creativity, workmanship and use of materials. Additionally, a “People’s Choice Award” is given. Past contests received national recognition and television news airtime. Prizes provided from corporate and non-profit organization sponsors will be awarded to all contest entrants. Past prizes have included items such as gift cards, Tablets and an HP Pavilion X360 laptop.
Space is limited so please complete the School Entry Form and fax it to 410-537-3321 or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org, by October 13, 2017, to confirm your school’s participation. The Individual Entry Form(s) should be returned to MDE by November 3, 2017, once the participants are selected.
For more information regarding the "Rethink Recycling" Sculpture Contest, please contact Christy Bujnovszky at email@example.com or at 410-537-4190.
2016 Sculpture Contest
The 2016 "Rethink Recycling" Sculpture Contest was held on November 18, 2016 at the Maryland Department of the Environment. There were 70 entries from 33 different high schools from across the State featured in the contest.
Parker Montour from Walkersville High School in Frederick County was the grand prize winner for her "Tony Hawk.", using chicken wire, aluminum cans, newspaper and cardboard. She won an HP Pavilion X360 laptop for her efforts.
The category winners, who received a Samsung Galaxy Tablet 4 were:
Second place winners, who each received $100 Amazon gift cards, were:
See pictures of MDE's 2016 "Rethink Recycling" Contest
2016 Participating Schools:
In the Classroom
Some Counties offer various displays, presentations and demonstrations that travel to schools and events. Staff provides educational presentations to elementary, middle and high school students. Contact your County Coordinator to schedule a presentation.
MDE can offer educators copies of interdisciplinary activity lessons for Grades K-9. The activity lessons cover topics such as recycling, source reduction, landfills, composting, reuse, ecosystem, cycles, hazardous waste, and buy recycled. The lessons use a variety of skills and address the subjects of science, math, social studies, language arts, environmental education, art, and English. Contact MDE to receive these activities.
Recycling Websites -- for KIDS!
1800 Washington Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21230