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Volume II, Number 9

 February 2007

eMDE is a monthly publication of the Maryland Department of the Environment. It covers articles on current environmental issues and events in the state. 

What a Pile of Scrap

By David Mrgich, Waste Management Administration

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Photo of MDE Recycling Sculpture Contest entry 

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A beautiful pile of scrap, that is. A life-like Flamingo and Rooster were two of the five winning sculptures at the fifth annual “Rethink Recycling” Sculpture Contest, hosted by the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) on November 17th. The art event marked MDE’s celebration of America Recycles Day (ARD), an annual event recognized nationally on November 15th. ARD unites business, environmental and civic groups, and local, state, and federal government agencies to promote recycling, reduce product use at its source, and purchase products made from recycled materials as a means to a more sustainable society.

Artistic, Innovative, Demonstrative

The Sculpture Contest challenges students to innovatively and artistically use old and discarded materials in the creation of sculptures. A total of 38 entries from 10 different high schools across the State contained everything from electronic components, cardboard, plastic, scrap wood, dryer lint, old tea bags and more. The top sculptor was Hillary Shapiro, a student at South Carroll High School in Carroll County. Her overall winning sculpture of a flamingo was made from paper clips, aluminum can tabs, an umbrella, a trash can lid, old silverware and copper piping.

Beauty’s In the Eye ...

Contest Judges that were tasked with determining the winners of the contest based on creativity, use of materials, and workmanship included:

Andy Rayman, Maryland Institute College of Art;
Ashley Taylor, former sculpture contest participant;
Laura Greenbeck, reporter from Baltimore Examiner;
Pamela Wood, reporter from The Capital; and
Jonas A. Jacobson, MDE Deputy Secretary.
Other winning sculptors included: Hannah Goodmuth from Carver Center for the Arts and Technology in Baltimore County, Best Workmanship; Teresa Fredericks from Century High School in Carroll County, Best Use of Materials; Megan Viar from Southern Garrett High School in Garrett County, Best Creativity; and Stephanie Shade from South Carroll High School in Carroll County, Peoples Choice Award that was chosen by attendees at the contest.

“This event is a fine example of how we can foster youth’s ingenuity and spirit while encouraging an environmental ethic,” Deputy Secretary Jacobson said. “After participating in a contest such as this, artists and art lovers will never look at discarded items or trash the same again.”

Prizes and refreshments for this year’s recycled art event were donated by: The Delaware/District of Columbia/Maryland Beverage Association, Maryland Recyclers Coalition, Allied Waste Services, Harford County Office of Recycling, Panasonic, Sharp Electronics Corporation, Constellation Energy, and Best Buy.

Click here to find out what you can do to reduce, reuse, recycle and buy recycled products.

Remember when it comes to recycling, “It All Comes Back To You.”


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Maryland Department of the Environment
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