Frederick holds recycling contest for kids

March 18, 2018 by  

Frederick’s Department of Solid Waste Management would like to help residents, especially young people, understand what recycling is, and what items are eligible for recycling.

To that end, it is running a “Recycle Right” contest and inviting students from kindergarten through high school to participate.

The young people may submit an essay, black-and-white drawing, or even create a puzzle. The projects have to be submitted on 8.5 by 11-inch paper, and residents will be able to vote for their favorites online.

Frederick County’s Recycling Outreach Program is run by Annmarie Creamer, who says that residents want to produce less waste, but do not always understand how recycling works. The department’s motto is “when in doubt, throw it out” she says, but officials would like people to understand which items they can recycle. The department is now using a single-stream recycling system that requires people to pay attention to which items they place in their bins.

The contest runs through April 6, and is open to public, home-schooled, and privately educated children, Creamer said. The author of the best submission will win $100, and the work will be published in a new edition of the Frederick County activity book, which is handed out at events throughout the county.

Events like this can be publicized if officials work with a flyer printing company to create a mailer for residents.