Contests & Special Projects The District offers recycling contests and prizes throughout the school year. Teachers, educators and youth leaders are encouraged to participate in our education contests. Be sure to place reminders on your student planning calendar for due dates and environmental-based holidays. For details about these contests and events, contact Kathleen Rocco at 216.443.3731 or e-mail. Fall Pepsico Recycle Rally Make recycling easy, fun and rewarding. K-12 schools and students can earn valuable incentives and resources from PepsiCo. when they sign up for this free nationwide recycling program. Contest starts nationwide in early September. View website. Green Apple Day of Service Help transform all schools into healthy, safe and productive learning environments through local service events. Projects held nationwide on the third Saturday of September. View website. River Valley Paper Recycling Contest Recycling contest for mixed paper collection. Held in the Northeast Ohio region in September/October. View website. Recycle Bowl Competition National recycling competition to help students start recycling. Offered by Keep America Beautiful; deadline to sign up is October 15. View website. America Recycles Day Keep America Beautiful encourages you to take the pledge to recycle more and participate in local recycling events. Held every year on November 15. View website. The Great American Can Roundup Register to participate in the Can Manufacturers Institute's contest to recycle the most aluminum cans. Win cash awards. Register in spring for November-May collection. View website. My Green Garden by Nicole F., Cleveland 3Rs Photo Contest 2015 winner Bound by What We Leave Behind by Cassandra G., Independence 3Rs Photo Contest 2015 winner WINTER Recycling Container Grant Purchase classroom recycling containers or compost bins with a grant offered by the Solid Waste District. Schools and organizations are welcome to apply. Applications are due in February and October. See more details about the Recycling Container Grant. Project: Recycle Clothing in Cuyahoga County Collect clothing and other household goods during a contest held in February and/or March in conjunction with Goodwill Cleveland. Schools compete to see who can collect the most goods for donation and reuse. Prizes are awarded. Sign up anytime before the contest. View PDF. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Photo Contest This contest is designed to capture what the theme Reduce, Reuse, Recycle means to a student in either a photograph or a drawing. For example, the photograph or drawing might capture how the student has repurposed an object so it could be used again; or illustrate how the student reduces waste; or shows how the student recycles at home, at school or in their community. Cuyahoga County K-12 grade students or those attending school in Cuyahoga County are eligible for prizes. Rules All artwork must be original to the artist. No computer graphics or copyright images will be accepted. Hand drawn entries must be on white paper or poster board. Any art medium can be used such as markers, colored pencils, crayons or paint. Pale colors should be avoided because they can be difficult to reprint. Drawings submitted must be able to be scanned and be no larger than 11x17. If a person’s face is used in the photo, then the artist must get their permission. 3-D or textured art projects made of recyclable or repurposed materials can be submitted as a photo or must be able to be scanned by a copier. One way to do this is to place your art on the floor or behind white board in a well-lit room and use a digital camera to take the picture from above. Submit original high resolution digital photographs of over 2,000 KB. The entry must include the artist name, address, school, grade level and optional caption. Entries are due by March 1. Individual entries or small number of photos can be sent to email@example.com. Classroom number of entries can be shared via drop box or Google group with above email. Also, teachers can send a disk with classroom entries to Kathleen Rocco, CCSWD, 4750 East 131 St, Garfield Hts., Ohio 44105. Earth Day themed prizes will be given to one winner at each grade level. Entries will be narrowed down and posted online without artist’s information for public voting. Winners will be announced by Earth Day. Winner’s artwork can be used on social media or as a part of printed materials by the Solid Waste District. Note: As an incentive, schools that submit 50 or more entries will be entered into a raffle to win a free environmental assemble sponsored by the Solid Waste District. SPRING Zero Waste Challenge Students learn how to create less classroom and cafeteria waste and host a "zero waste" lunch. Schools compete to see who can create the least amount of trash on a given day. Prizes awarded to the school closest to zero waste. Held any time in April. View the flyer. Earth Day Each year, the entire nation celebrates Earth Day on April 22. Local events and activities, including Earth Day Coalition's Earthfest, take place throughout Cuyahoga County. Poetree Contest The Solid Waste District's annual Poetree Contest is a celebration of trees as a natural resource. Trees offer food, warmth, building materials and a place to relax and reflect. During the month of April, and in honor of Arbor Day, Cuyahoga County students in K-12 grade write and submit poems to celebrate trees. Entries are due by May 1. View the flyer.