All High School Students Invited to Participate in Recycled Art Contest

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Prince William County has a call out to all high school students – public, private and home school – to make artwork using stuff that can be recycled.

All art submitted to the “Recycled Art Contest 2014” must be made of materials eligible for recycling at the Prince William County Landfill. The list of things that can be used is finite, but judging from previous years’ entries, the artistic possibilities know no bounds.

Jennifer Boeder, an environmental specialist with the county, said, “The art that comes out of this contest is amazing. It’s truly beautiful art.”

Plastic bottles, glass, cardboard, newspaper, Styrofoam, scrap metal, yogurt tubs, plastic bags, aluminum cans, egg cartons, fabric, CD cases, CDs, bottle caps, books, foil and leftover paint are examples of material that can be used. Small amounts of fasteners such as glue, screws, bolts, wire, welding, tape or twine may be used to hold thing together.

The art will be judged based on the use of recycled materials, creativity and originality, craftsmanship and aesthetic appeal. Judges will narrow the field to six favorites and will announce the winners on Oct. 10. On Oct. 18, the winning pieces will be displayed at the Prince William Recycles Day at the Landfill and the winning artists will be invited to present their art and talk to the public. “The kids that are in the top six show up and the public comes and talks to them about their art. Then the public votes on the best in show,” Boeder said.

The County cooperates with the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality to address regulatory compliance and promote activities that save money and promote environmental sustainability in Prince William County. Part of the commitment to the state is to hold some sort of public outreach to promote recycling and environmental sustainability. Boeder said the art contest is one way to provide that outreach to the community. “We’re always tapping into science clubs. This is tapping into a group of kids that can look at the environment and recycled things in a different way and have really made beautiful things.”

Prizes will be awarded to the top three winners and three honorable mentions. As a bonus, there’s a contest within the contest. The Prince William Public Library system will give a special award for entries that use recycled library material such as magazines, books, newspapers, CDs, CD cases and such.

Artwork must meet certain criteria, and must be delivered to the lower level of Chinn Park Regional Library, at 13065 Chinn Park Drive in Woodbridge, between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Oct. 7. Students who wish to enter the contest must register online and bring a copy of the registration form to Chinn Library when they drop off their work. Registration and criteria can be found at

People with questions should call Prince William County’s Risk Management Office at 703-792-6741 or email

Last year’s winner–WDtZaU.



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