New York Recycles Poster Contest Theme Background & Ideas!
There are suggestions for posters listed, but students are free to use their imagination, as long as the basic theme is addressed.
If it helps, we have past year's winning posters on our website.
Theme: New York Recycles!
It is our way of promoting recycling and buying recycled in New York State. Various educational waste reduction, reuse, recycling, composting and buy recycled events will take place all year and this will lead to a celebration of New York Recycles on November 15. New York Recycles! is part of a national event - America Recycles. Check out our website for more information on New York Recycles!
Suggestions for posters - Show what New York recycles.
Theme: Composting… Rotting to Riches!
Compost is a dark, crumbly, earthy-smelling mixture that consists mostly of decayed organic matter. It is a simple, natural process - nature's way of recycling nutrients and returning them to the soil to be used again. Compost is used for fertilizing and conditioning soil. It can be made from materials that most households throw out.
- Yard wastes, fallen leaves, grass clippings and the remains of garden plants (except diseased plants).
- Kitchen scraps, banana peels, apple cores, vegetable scraps.
Check out this web page for more information: Composting at Home
Suggestions for posters - Show what materials can be composted and/or what you can do with compost.
Theme: Making a Difference… Recycle at School!
The 3 R's are a good start for reducing the amount of garbage we make. For basic information on reduction, reuse and recycling - check out our website- Recycling Outreach and Education
Suggestions for posters - Posters can show what materials are being recycled to school; how you are reducing waste and/or reusing at your school.
Theme: Recycling on the GO!
Recycling is not just for home, school and work. We should be recycling when we attend events away from home and school. Special events range in size from small gatherings to multi-day events that attract hundreds or thousands of people who may travel long distances just to attend. Whatever the event, they produce garbage. Because events are typically held in a somewhat controllable environment, there is an opportunity to recover materials that otherwise would be sent to the landfill.
Check out this website for more information - Recycling Advocates (link in the right column.)
Suggestions for posters - Show what type of events we should be recycling at.
Theme: Recycling Saves!
Making products and packaging produces greenhouse gasses, uses energy and resources. Show what recycling can save. Check our website - Climate Change Basics.
Suggestions for posters - Show how recycling can reduce greenhouse gasses, save energy, save resources, and divert materials from disposal.
Theme: Litter - Let's Pick it up New York!
Litter is unsightly, unsanitary, unappealing, can be hazardous and degrades the quality of our lives by degrading our environment. Check out DEC's website: Informational Materials.
Suggestions for posters - Show different types of litter and what can happen with it. Show what we should do with litter - recycle what we can, throw the rest in the trash.