Recycling contest open to middle, high school students

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Published on November 04, 2020 with No Comments

Often the best materials for making something new come from objects that already had some former use. Help mark the only nationally recognized day dedicated to the promotion of recycling: America Recycles Day.

Send a picture of students’ reused and upcycled art and craft projects.

Projects can consist of anything that incorporates reused materials: flowerpots, birdhouses, bird feeders, sculptures, collages, mixed media projects, and dioramas. The only limit is one’s imagination.

3 winning projects will be displayed on billboards throughout Porter County during America Recycles Week, beginning Nov. 15.

Entries must be received by noon on Thursday, Nov. 12.

Here are some guidelines for teachers:

1.      Have students create something new that makes use of items or objects that ordinarily would be thrown in the trash or recycling bin.

2.      Send an image of students’ projects along with the completed entry form to

Also to keep in mind:

• The student’s and school’s name will be prominently placed for thousands of passersby to see,

• The contest is easy to enter; there are no entry fees.

The contest is open to students in both public and private middle and high schools (grades 6-12) in Porter County.

For more information, call 219-465-3819 or email

Celebrate AMERICA RECYCLES DAY – November 15

Each year on November 15, millions of people across the United States take part in America Recycles Day. The day raises awareness about recycling and the purchasing of recycled products.

How we recycle and reuse products are important. For example, one-use water bottles flood America’s waterways and landfills at a rate of 60 million per day. Reducing this number can be achieved with water filtration devices and using portable re-usable drinking bottles and cups.

Reduce waste by repurposing and reusing old items. One of the bests ways to do this is by shopping at secondhand stores. Not only does it prevent items from ending up in the landfill, but it also saves you money. The old adage “one person’s junk is another person’s treasure” holds true. From clothing and furnishings to kitchen items and replacement parts, these stores offer more than you might imagine. If you’ve never shopped this way, consider it.

One area where we excel at recycling is aluminum. In fact, the U.S. recycles about 65% of its aluminum. That’s more than any other recycled item.

  • In America, 105,800 cans are recycled every minute.
  • Your television can run for 3 hours from the energy saved by recycling one can.
  • In 2019, an aluminum can was worth about 1.7 cents.
  • The industry pays more than $1 billion annually for recycled cans.

Your waste management professions are a wealth of information regarding recycling. They’ll give you the hard facts and steer you in the right direction, too. The role of waste management goes far beyond garbage collection. In each community, they provide a variety of services and programs designed to protect and reduce the impact we have on our environment.

HOW TO OBSERVE #AmericaRecyclesDay

Recycle, buy recycled goods and help teach others the benefits of recycling and continue to do so each day! Use #AmericaRecyclesDay to post on social media.


The National Recycling Coalition created America Recycles Day was started in 1997. Each year, the President declares the day encouraging Americans to commit to recycling. Since 2009, this day has been a program of Keep America Beautiful. There are thousands of events that are held across the United States to raise awareness about the importance of recycling and offering personal pledges that can be signed, committing to recycling and buying products made from recycled materials.




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