Theme: Put Waste in it’s Place!

2021 Contest Winners

Celebrating Ozark River’s 31st Annual Earth Day Contest

Theme: Put Waste In Its Place!

Making a Positive Impact Through the Power of Art

Through art, let’s inspire others to “Put Waste In Its Place.”  That means recyclables are reused or put into a recycling bin and that some wastes must go by garbage truck to the landfill.

Let’s Dispose of furniture, mattresses, construction materials and other bulky item through transfer stations located in Rolla, St. Robert and Potosi. For disposal and recycling drop-off sites, use our handy “location locator by zip code” from our website or give us a call at 573-265-2993.

Let’s always recycle appliances, electronics and tires.  Recycling electronics allows valuable elements such as gold and silver to be reused and prevents other toxic chemicals from entering our landfills that may leach into groundwater. Tires may be recycled into picnic tables and benches!

Let’s recycle household hazardous wastes, such as rechargeable batteries, oil-based paint, household cleaners, lawn and garden products, automotive fluids, bug sprays, flea collars, fluorescent light bulbs, cooking oil, automotive fluids, aerosols and all that stuff in your garage or under your sink.

Do join us by entering the Ozark Rivers Earth Day Art Contest, your art may motivate others to RethinK their daily waste habits.  A contest flier is located by clicking here.


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31st Annual Earth Day Poster and Trash Art Contest Info

Students and homeschool students in grades K to 12th, residing in one of the following counties: Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Phelps, Pulaski or Washington are encouraged to participate. The Graphic Art section is also open to post-secondary students enrolled in the seven-county region.

First Place winners receive: Earth-friendly gifts ($30 value). Second Place winners receive: Earth-friendly gifts ($15 value). Honorable mentions receive: Earth Friendly gifts ($5 value). Prizes are made of recyclable material. All contest participants will receive a small token from the district.

Entries may be completed any time during the year. Submissions only accepted between March 1 and March 18. Entries may be taken to the county clerk’s office at your local courthouse for collection or delivered directly to MRPC, 4 Industrial Drive, St. James. If submitting five or more trash art projects, contact the district to arrange transport. No projects will be accepted after March 18.

Submission Guidelines

All poster and electronic art entries should promote the themes of protecting the planet through rethinking, reducing, reusing, recycling, re-purposing, and rotting (composting). Trash art projects need not adhere to the theme, but should be constructed of recyclable and/or re-purposed material. Projects may be completed at home or in the classroom.

  • Posters and graphic art should be no larger than 18” x 13”. Copyrighted clip art and other characters (like Superman) will be accepted, but cannot be used in future promotions.
  • Trash art projects should be no larger than 1’ x 1’ x 1’. Projects must be made from recycled or re-purposed materials.
  • All submissions must have: student name and grade; school district and school name; teacher/sponsor’s name or homeschool contact information. Entries without proper identification may be disqualified.
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