BALTIMORE, MD (November 16, 2012) - Maryland First Lady Katie O'Malley today awarded prizes for a seven-foot high dolphin, an octopus, a life-sized “Recycling Queen,” and a hand-stitched American Flag – all made from reused materials – at the 11th annual "Rethink Recycling" Sculpture Contest, hosted by MDE.
The contest challenges Maryland high school students to use recycled materials to create artistic and innovative sculptures. This year 59 entries from 23 different high schools across the State were on display. Sponsors including: Giant Food, Constellation Energy, the American Visionary Art Museum, the American Cleaning Institute, Maryland Recycling Network, Waste Management Inc., Call2Recycle and Sims Recycling Solutions donated prizes, funding and refreshments for this year’s contest.
Contest judges tasked with determining the winners of the contest based on creativity, use of materials, and workmanship included environmental education specialist, artist and founder of "Trashion," Rita Mazzo Galindo, Dan Johannes of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and MDE Deputy Secretary Kathy Kinsey.
Since 2001, MDE has celebrated America Recycles Day by hosting the annual “Rethink Recycling” Sculpture Contest. High school students from across Maryland are invited to participate by creating sculptures made of recycled and reusable materials. “Rethink Recycling” is just one way MDE educates and empowers the public to reuse and recycle materials that would have otherwise gone into landfills. To find out what you can do to reduce, reuse, recycle and buy recycled products, visit MDE’s recycling web page.
America Recycles Day, traditionally celebrated on November 15, is a national event that unites business, environmental and civic groups, and local, state, and federal government agencies to promote recycling, source reduction, and the purchase of products made from recycled materials as a means to a more sustainable society.
The category winners, who each received a Nook Tablet, were:
The runners up, who each received refurbished laptop computers donated by sponsor, Sims Recycling Solutions, were:
--Katie O'Malley, First Lady of Maryland
“Under the leadership of Governor O’Malley and with the cooperation of all of our citizens, Maryland was able to divert more than 40 percent of our waste from landfills and incinerators in 2010. This is a wonderful accomplishment, but we must do more. Recycling protects and conserves our precious natural resources. It is up to all of us to work together to recycle, reuse and reduce whenever possible.” --Kathy Kinsey, Deputy Secretary, Maryland Department of the Environment
“Under the leadership of Governor O’Malley and with the cooperation of all of our citizens, Maryland was able to divert more than 40 percent of our waste from landfills and incinerators in 2010. This is a wonderful accomplishment, but we must do more. Recycling protects and conserves our precious natural resources. It is up to all of us to work together to recycle, reuse and reduce whenever possible.”
2012 Rethink Recycling Participating High Schools
MDE's Rethink Recycling Contest
America Recycles Day
View more photos from today's event on MDE's Flickr site
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