"Recycle Right!" Activity Book Contest

Recycle right!

You may know that it’s important to recycle, but do you really know how to recycle?

That’s the question being asked of local students in the “Recycle Right!” Activity Book Contest conducted by the Frederick County Department of Solid Waste Management (DSWM).  The program, open to all local K-12 students (public, private and home school), invites participants to learn more about the recycling process, then use their knowledge – and their creativity – to help educate our community about the importance of recycling the right materials in the right way.

We are seeking student work that can be used to create an educational activity booklet. Selected work will be published and distributed at community events, in schools and through DSWM programs. As part of this project, we'll award $1,000 in prizes to local students and schools!

Download a copy of the contest poster: PDF or JPEG.

How to Participate

First, visit the "Recycling Right" page on our website to learn how your individual actions affect the recycling program. You can find out how recycling works, learn about some issues the program faces, see our top tips for being a better recycler and find links to additional resources if you want to learn even more!

Next, download an entry form to review the contest rules!

Finally, create something
to help others in your community learn how to recycle right! 
Three types of work are being sought. (Use the links below to see samples of each kind of work.)
  1. Short Essays: 100-500 word essays on one of the following topics: What does “recycling right” mean?  Why recycling is important to me.  How recycling uses science and technology to work.
  2. Line Drawings: Black-and-white artwork suitable for use in a coloring book. Artwork should in some way depict the student’s understanding of the recycling process and/or its value to our community.
  3. Learning Activities: These could be a crossword, dot-to-dot, maze, word search or similar activities geared towards teaching about recycling in a fun way.

Students may select a category or submit up to one entry in each category. All work must be original, solely the creation of the entrant and should not incorporate the words or images of others. Plagiarism of any kind is strictly prohibited.

Artwork may be hand drawn or created digitally. All submissions should be black-and-white, sized to fit white 8.5" x 11" paper in either landscape or portrait orientation. 

Submitting an Entry

  • Original/printed hard copy submissions are preferred.
  • Digital copies must be high resolution scans in jpeg or pdf format. Photos taken of artwork will be  not be accepted.
  • A completed, signed entry form must accompany each entry submitted.
  • Minors must have the signature and contact info of a parent/guardian on the entry form.
  • Mail or deliver hard-copy entries to: Recycle Contest, Dept. of Solid Waste Management, 9031 Reichs Ford Rd., Frederick, MD 21704 
  • Digital entries must be accompanied by a completed entry form and may be emailed to recycle@FrederickCountyMD.gov
  • OR, digital entries may be uploaded using the online entry form.

All entries must be received by Friday, April 6, 2018.

Judging and Awards

  -  $1,000 in awards will be given as part of this program!

Entries will separated into four grade-level groupings and judged by Frederick County Government staff.
Grade-level groups are: K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12.

Prizes will be announced during the week of Earth Day (April 22) and awarded as follows:
  • In each grade-level group, two students will receive $100 Honor Awards for exemplary work.
  • The school submitting the most entries will receive a $100 Participation Award.
  • Entries will be posted on our Facebook page for voting on a $100 “Community Choice” Award.

Entrants will be contacted via email or phone if selected to receive an award.  All entries become the property of the Dept. of Solid Waste Management and may be used, in whole or in part, at the Department's sole discretion, for publication or promotional use. Original work will not be returned.

Email questions to ACreamer@FrederickCountyMD.gov, or, call 301-600-7405.