Recycled Sculpture Contest

America Recycles Day

America Recycles Day (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.

Maryland Department of the Environment's "Rethink Recycl​ing" Sculpture Contest

2020 Sculpture Contest

The 19th annual sculpture contest will be held on Friday, November 20, 2020 at the 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 ARD Rules Guideline).  Judges will select a​n 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 laptops.  

Space is limited so please submit the School Entry Form to confirm your school’s participation.  The Individual Entry Form(s) should be submitted to MDE, once the participants are selected.

For more information regarding the "Rethink Recycling" Sculpture Contest, please contact Christy Bujnovszky at or at 410-537-4190.​

2019 Sculpture Contest

The 2019 "Rethink Recycling" Sculpture Contest was held on November 22, 2019 at the Maryland Department of the Environment.  There were 66 entries from 20 different high schools from across the State featured in the contest. 

See pictures of MDE's 2019 sculpture contest winners​

Jorja Rodgers from Century High School in Carroll County was the Grand Prize winner for her sculpture, “Silhouette of Selena,” made using paper and plastic which created a shadow image on a backdrop. She received an Xbox One X Star Wars edition for her efforts.  

The category winners, who received a Sony wireless earbuds were: 

  • CreativityMartina Barber, Suitland High School, Prince George’s County, for “Kamikaze,” using crayons, paper, cardboard, hair and recycling bins as materials.
  • WorkmanshipCasey Wehrman, Suitland High School, Prince George’s County, for creating “Body of Distortion,” made of newspaper, cardboard, paper pulp and charcoal..
  • Use of MaterialsAlex Vagnier, Winters Mill High School, Carroll County, for “lDK,” made of a personal computer, lamp, light switch, plexiglass, bottle caps and a waffle iron.
  • People’s ChoiceSam Birkenthal, Towson High School, Baltimore County, for “Six Nineteen”, using only cardboard.
Second place winners, who each received $100 Amazon gift cards, were:
  •  CreativityNikki Hamidi, Northwest High School, Montgomery County, for her work entitled “Caffeine in Color.”
  • WorkmanshipTony Leal, Suitland High School, Prince George’s County, for crafting “Deer of Reflection.”
  •  Use of MaterialsAllison Johnson, Fort Hill High School, Allegany County, for constructing “Recycled Head.”
  • People’s ChoiceEmily Giffhorn, South Carroll High School, Carroll County, for “Turtley Awesome."
See pictures of MDE's 2019 "Rethink Recycling" Contest 

2019 Participating Schools:

  • Allegany County: Fort Hill High School
  • Anne Arundel County: Broadneck High School, Glen Burnie High School
  • Baltimore City: Archbishop Curley, Baltimore Polytechnic Institute
  • Baltimore County: Patapsco High School & Center for the Arts, Towson High School
  • Carroll County: Century High School, South Carroll High School, Winters Mill High School
  • Frederick County: Walkersville High School
  • Garrett County: Southern Garrett High School
  • Harford County: Aberdeen High School, C. Milton Wright High School
  • Howard County: Glenelg Country School
  • Kent County: Kent County High School
  • Montgomery County: Northwest High School
  • Prince George’s County: Suitland High School-Center for Performing Arts
  • St. Mary's County: Leonardtown High School
  • Washington County: North Hagerstown High School

2019 Sculpture Contest (November 22, 2019)

Montgomery Park Auditorium
1800 Washington Blvd. Baltimore MD  21230

Schedule of Events

10:00  Doors open

10:15  Welcome from Maryland Department of the Environment

10:20  Opening remarks 

12:00  People's C​h​oice judging ends

12:30  Award presentation begins

1:00    Contest ends