Hillsborough County Solid Waste invites local students in grades 4 through 12 to participate in the Recycling & Waste Reduction Art Contest!

Students are encouraged to express their creativity and desire to protect and preserve the environment.


Finish the phrase “What can we do…” to help the community that will reduce waste, reuse what we have, and recycle more.


Students must work alone, be original, live in Hillsborough County, and be entering 4th grade through 12th grade by the start of the fall school semester.

Submission date

Contest begins July 1 and deadline is 11:59 PM, August 31, 2024.


Hillsborough County staff will judge submissions. Three winners will be selected, one from each range: 4th grade through 5th grade; 6th grade through 8th grade; and 9th grade through 12th grade.


Winning submissions will receive countywide recognition and sustainable-themed prizes.


Please contact the Recycling Team at Recycling@HCFl.gov.

How to submit

Submit online by completing the Recycling & Waste Reduction Art Contest Form.

Submission types

Types are subject to change by contest.

  • Drawing - Submit a drawing using any drawing tools, including digital tools, such as Photoshop
    • Do not use AI programs to create the work for you
  • Collage - Submit a collage using drawings, photographs, and/or other materials

 Other types of submissions will not be considered for judging.


Create art pieces about organizing litter cleanups, food or clothing donation drive, removing ocean plastics to protect animals, composting, community gardening, how to reduce food waste at home, using reusable items such as a water bottle and bag, teaching recycling rules such as no plastic bags in recycling, using less electricity and water, saying NO to plastic when you go out (plastic bags, straws, and utensils). 

Image Caption: “Cut the Plastic” - 2023 Recycling and Waste Reduction Art Contest winning submission - Sixth through Eighth Grade Age Group Winners - Best Drawing: Eva Aadil (8th grade)
Last Modified: 7/24/2024, 11:49:25 AM

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