ST. JAMES—Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District is seeking area sponsors within its seven-county region for the 29th Annual Earth Day Trash Art and Poster Contest. Sponsorships provide prizes for students placing first and second along with honorable mentions in the contest. Some 90 students received prizes in 2019.

The trash art and poster contests are open to all students in grades kindergarten to college, including homeschooled students, within Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Phelps, Pulaski and Washington counties. Students have the opportunity to participate in multiple contest categories, including posters (hand drawn and graphic arts), and repurposing recyclables and trash into three-dimensional pieces of art. This year’s theme is “Make One Change for the Planet” with a focus on protecting the planet through reducing, reusing, recycling, repurposing, and composting waste.

Sponsors to date include: 63 Auto and Truck Parts, Champlin Tire Recycling, Cuba Veterinary Clinic, Noah Coleman Daughters of the American Revolution, St. James Chamber of Commerce and Unico Bank.

All sponsors receive their logo on the contest flyer and special recognition on the ORSWMD website and Facebook page, along with recognition through multiple art gallery displays.

For more information on becoming a sponsor or for a sponsorship form, please visit or contact Jill Hollowell, environmental program specialist, via email at or via phone at 573-265-2993 ext. 109.

The Ozark Rivers District includes Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Phelps, Pulaski and Washington counties and their respective cities with populations of 500 or more. The district’s strategy for solid waste reduction, which has been individually adopted by all member governments and approved by Missouri Department of Natural Resources involves education and increased recycling and waste reduction efforts in member counties and cities. MRPC provides administration of the district and assists with a variety of implementation projects.

For more information about ORSWMD or waste reduction and recycling opportunities in the Ozark Rivers area, contact Tammy Snodgrass, MRPC environmental programs manager, at 573-265-2993 or by email at Also, find us on Facebook at and on the web at MRPC provides the day-to-day administration for Ozark Rivers.

Formed in 1969, MRPC is a voluntary council of governments serving Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Osage, Phelps, Pulaski and Washington counties and their respective cities. Gasconade County Presiding Commissioner Larry Miskel serves as chairman of the board. A professional staff of 30 offers technical assistance and services, such as grant preparation and administration, housing assistance, transportation planning, environmental planning, ordinance codification, business loans and other services to member communities.

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