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Earth Day 2017

Celebrate Earth Day by collecting plastic bottles for a big cash prize or beautifying a recycling cart.

Plastic Bottle Blitz

Bottle BlitzJoin our sixth annual Plastic Bottle Blitz competition and you could win a cash prize up to $1,000.

Collect clean and dry plastic bottles and jugs with your friends, family, school, scouts, or yourself, and bring them to be weighed at the Jefferson Elementary School parking lot, 1400 New Garden Rd., between 1-3 pm on April 1.

Winners will be announced at 5 pm at the Earth Day Celebration at the Kathleen Clay Edwards Library, 1420 Price Park Dr. This contest is sponsored by Repreve and ReCommunity.

Contest Rules

  1. Register here.
  2. Participants or organizations must reside in Guilford County.
  3. Plastic bottles/jugs must be clean, empty, dry plastic bottles and placed into clear plastic bags. Label the plastic bags with the participant/organization name and phone number in black permanent marker.
  4. A minimum of 15 pounds is required to be eligible for cash prizes. 
  5. Do not include any plastic bottles that were used to contain motor oil, pesticides or other harmful substances. 
  6. Excessive non-bottle or jug items may cause an entry to be rejected.
  7. Prizes for groups: $1,000 for first place, $500 for second place, and $350 for third place. Grand prize for individuals is $300.

Learn how recycling bottles helps bring jobs to are region by visiting the Your Bottle Means Jobs project. 

High School CartArt Competition

Art Cart 2High School Students are invited to participate in our annual CartArt Competition for a chance to win $1,000 for their school. Redecorate a City recycling cart for the Kathleen Clay Library's Earth Day Celebration on April 1.

A panel of judges will score carts on how well they follow this year's theme (40 points), creativity (20 points), originality (20 points), and percentage of public votes received at Earth Day (20 points).

This year's theme is "Trash to Treasure: Recycling makes old stuff into new stuff!" Design a cart to include messages or symbolism reminding everyone that recycling is beneficial because it takes waste and makes it into something useful.

Examples include pizza boxes becoming paper, paper becoming tissues, laundry detergent bottles turning into new laundry detergent bottles, or plastic soda and water bottles becoming yarn to make fabric. 

The City will provide the cart. Please do not make 3D modifications to the cart. After the competition, carts will be distributed to Guilford County elementary and middle schools, unless you make a special request to keep the cart. 

  1. Register your school here
  2. Request a cart delivery date and time on the registration form.
  3. Put your school name inside the cart lid in silver permanent marker or on a securely attached piece of paper. If your school is entering more than one cart, please indicated 1/3, 2/3, or 3/3.
  4. Deliver your cart(s) to the Kathleen Clay Library, 1420 Price Park Dr., by noon April 1. If you cannot deliver the carts to the library, please indicate that on the registration form.

Art Cart 1

Questions? Please e-mail us.

Last updated: 3/6/2017 2:31:53 PM