Rethink Waste Challenge


The Department of Solid Waste is holding a ’Rethink Waste Challenge’ to help celebrate the 30th year of recycling in Madison County! Students are invited to learn about their local recycling program and then choose one of two projects: 1) a video related to rethinking waste or 2) a piece of artwork using only recyclable materials. The goal of the competition is to spread awareness about the current recycling program in Madison County through a creative and fun project that highlights the importance of reducing and rethinking waste both at home and at school.

Who Can Enter?

The competition is open to all K-12 students in Madison County. There will be three categories based on the student’s grade level: Grades K-4, Grades 5-8 and Grades 9-12. Submissions will be accepted from the beginning of January through April 3rd at 5 pm

Winners will be announced on Earth Day (April 22nd, 2020) through social media. Participants will be invited to display their projects at the 30 Years of Recycling Celebration on May 30th, 2020. In addition, winners will be recognized at the event and awarded a prize. More details to follow.

Students can enter as a group or as an individual but only one entry per student is allowed. The Department of Solid Waste will judge the submissions on the following criteria: the effective use and knowledge of recyclable materials (points will be deducted for improperly sorted materials); creativity and originality used to make the artwork or video; and the incorporation of rethinking waste at home or school through reduction, reuse and/or recycling.

Prior to starting the project, the Department of Solid Waste encourages students to learn about Madison County’s recycling program through the Department’s online resources, classroom presentations and/or tours of the recycling center.

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How to Submit Entries:

’Rethink Waste Challenge’ Information Packet -- This packet outlines the different projects and includes the registration & release forms which must be completed in order to be considered for the challenge. Please designate a teacher or an adult group leader for the contact person.

Online Entry Form: When submitting your project, please use this form to upload your video or photos of your artwork along with the completed registration and release forms.

To set up a classroom presentation or if you have any questions, please contact:
Kristin Welch, Recycling Coordinator
(315) 366-3089