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2016 Contest Sponsors

Alpine Waste and Recycling

Ball Corporation

Western Disposal Services

Colorado Industrial Recycling

Gallegos Sanitation, Inc.


Poster Contest

All of Colorado’s K-12 students are invited to showcase their artistic talent and their commitment to the environment by participating in the Colorado Association for Recycling’s 10th Annual Recycling Poster Contest, a project of the Education and Outreach Committee.

This year's theme: "Top 10 Reasons to Recycle"


Ten (10) winners receive prizes. Plus, each school with winning entries will receive recycling educational materials and a free one-year teacher membership to RAFT Colorado.

2016 Winners

Congratulations to the winning artists! The Grand Prize winner is Nathanel Cho. We asked Nathanel to make a short video about his commitment to recycling.

All of the posters below will be highlighted in a public service video to promote America Recycles Day, November 15. The video will debut in late October. All CAFR members, schools and public television stations will be encouraged to download and air the video, free of charge, on their websites and telecasts in November and beyond. Look for a post and link here in the future.

First- and second-place winners were awarded in each of five grade catgories: Kindergarten through 2nd grade, 3rd through 4th grade, 5th through 6th grade, 7th through 8th grade and 9th through 12th grade.

1st Place

1st place, k-3 grade 2nd place, k-3 grade
Yunah Kim
1st Grade
Cherry Creek Academy
Aylin Vega
3rd grade
Boys and Girls Clubs
of Metro Denver
1st place, 4-6 grade 2nd place, 4-6 grade
Teagan Quinby
5th grade
Hoff Elementary
Nathanel Cho*
7th grade
STEM School and Academy
Highlands Ranch
1st place, 4-6 grade  
Seung Lee
12th grade
Bear Creek High School

2nd Place

1st place, k-3 grade 2nd place, k-3 grade
Galen Teller
1st Grade
Teller Elementary
Emily Jin
4th grade
Eagle Crest Elementary
1st place, 4-6 grade 2nd place, 4-6 grade
Elizabeth Jensen
6th grade
Flagstaff Academy
Karah Hunter
7th grade
Mountain Ridge Middle School
Highlands Ranch
1st place, 4-6 grade  
Wyatt Suit
9th grade
Mountain View High School

2016 Participating Organizations

Acres Green Elementary, Littleton
Bear Creek High School, Lakewood
Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Denver - Owens Branch, Denver
Central Elementary, Longmont
Chappelow Arts Literacy Magnet K-8 School, Evans
Cherry Creek Academy, Englewood
D20 Homeschool Academy Tracks, Colorado Springs
Eagle Crest Elementary School, Longmont
Eisenhower Elementary, Boulder
Flagstaff Academy, Longmont
Fireside Elementary, Louisville
Granby Elementary, Granby
Heritage Elementary School, Pueblo
Hoff Elementary, Keenesburg
Hulstrom K-8, Northglenn
Isabella Bird Community School, Denver
Kunsmiller Creative Arts Academy, Denver
Montessori Del Mundo, Aurora
Mountain Ridge Middle School, Highlands Ranch
Mountain View High School, Loveland
Oak Grove Elementary, Montrose
Ortega Middle School, Alamosa
Peak to Peak Charter School, Lafayette
STEM Magnet Lab School, Norghglenn
STEM School and Academy, Highlands Ranch
Teller Elementary, Denver
Timber Trail Elementary, Castle Rock
Wellington Middle School, Wellington
Winona Elementary, Loveland