2017 Deadline

April 24, 2017


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Contest Flyer

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Spanish Release Form

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2017 Contest Sponsors

Alpine Waste and Recycling

Ball Corporation


2017 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 11th Annual Recycling Poster Contest, a project of the Education and Outreach Committee.

This year's theme: "Where do you recycle?"

Download the rules (PDF)

Deadline for Entry: April 24, 2017


Ten (10) winners receive prizes. One grand-prize winner receives a $100 gift card. Winning artwork will be used in Colorado’s 2017 America Recycles Day (www.americarecyclesday.org) video and be seen throughout the state. Plus, each school with winning entries will receive a free one-year teacher membership to RAFT Colorado.

2017 Participating Organizations

Alpine Elementary, Longmont
Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Denver, Denver
Breckenridge Elementary, Breckenridge
Campus Middle School, Greenwood Village
Coyote Hills Elementary, Aurora
Eagle Crest Elementary, Longmont
Eisenhower Elementary, Boulder
Fowler High School, Fowler
Gateway High School, Aurora
Joyce Art Studio, Aurora
June Creek Elementary, Edwards
Liberty Point International, Pueblo
Namaqua Elementary, Loveland
Northridge Elementary, Highlands Ranch
Pikes Peak Elementary, Colorado Springs
Prairie Winds Elementary, Pueblo
Tarver Elementary, Thornton
Timber Trail Elementary, Castle Rock
Walt Clark Middle School, Loveland
Wamsley Elementary, Rifle

2016 Winners

Congratulations to last year's winning artists! All of the posters below are highlighted in a public service video to promote America Recycles Day, November 15.

Top 10 Reasons to Recycle

All CAFR members, schools and public television stations are encouraged to download and air the video, free of charge, on their websites and telecasts.

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