ByChase Ezell

Dec 11, 2014
students outside earth day

Every family has at least one – you know, the creative type.  Aspiring artists, filmmakers or recycle champions rejoice – your creativity is about to be rewarded if selected!

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) and JASON Learning have teamed up to host two national student competitions centered around recycling awareness something we know a little about here at Earth911.

The first contest, for students in grades 5-12, is themed around automobile recycling.

auto recycling
Image courtesy of Don O’Brien

According to JASON Learning;

The automobile plays an important role in our everyday lives. Have you ever thought about how many different commodities are needed to make all the parts that go into a car? Did you know that almost all these commodities are recyclable? Your challenge is to research one or more of the commodities that go into making a car and find out what happens to each commodity through the automobile recycling process and beyond. Create an original video or poster in the style of an infomercial or awareness campaign to illustrate the process and challenges that go along with recycling your chosen commodity or commodities into a reusable form, and you could win a prize! Be sure to show what each commodity becomes in its next life, and explain how it gets there. What important item(s) in your life today might have been part of an automobile last year?

The second contest, for students K-12, is themed around plastic bag recycling – “Think Outside the Bag!”

Plastic shopping bags
Image courtesy of Frank Gruber

Plastic bags and many other flexible plastic film products are 100% recyclable. Yet, as of 2012, only 12% of these items were being recycled. How could you convince members of your community to recycle their unwanted plastic films — including grocery bags, product wrapping, and dry cleaning bags — instead of throwing them away? Create a poster and a creative local campaign to convince your fellow students, school, and community to collect and recycle these flexible plastic films, and you might win a prize!

For full details about each contest including contest prizes, visit Jason Learning today.  Ready….set….create!

But hurry, entries will only be accepted until January 15, 2015 and March 1, 2015 respectively. 

Feature image courtesy of JAXPORT

By Chase Ezell

Chase has served in various public relations, communications and sustainability roles. He is a former managing editor for