Division of Waste Management
Waste reduction is theme of art contest for Commonwealth Cleanup Week

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, November 28, 2007  
Contact Information:  Eva Smith-Carroll, 502-564-6716  

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 28, 2007) – A student art contest to illustrate the importance of waste reduction will be among the highlights of the 10th annual Commonwealth Cleanup Week, March 23-29. The event includes a student art contest and cleanup activities around the state coordinated by the Environmental  and Public Protection Cabinet’s Division of Waste Management.

Waste reduction – cutting down on the amount of trash that goes in the garbage and on to the landfill – is the focus of the 2008 art contest. The contest theme, “Use It Up, Wear It Out, Make It Do (or Go Without),” is a saying about thriftiness that was featured, with a slight variation, on a World War II resource conservation poster. Students are being asked to create a 21st century version of the 1940s poster. The contest deadline is Feb. 15.

Cabinet judges will choose winners from each of four categories – Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12. Category winners will receive $50 and a plaque, and their designated classrooms or libraries will get $500 for the purchase of environmental materials.

Contest rules, background information and an entry form are available by going online to http://www.waste.ky.gov/ccw/ or contacting the division, 502-564-6716.

Commonwealth Cleanup Week was created in 1998 when the Kentucky Legislature designated the fourth week in March as an opportunity for Kentuckians to participate in "activities that highlight the natural beauty of their communities."

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