Ecomaine’s Impact

More than ONE BILLION pounds of materials recycled since 2006
100,000 megawatt hours of renewable electricity from Maine’s trash per year
Reducing greenhouse gases AND the volume of trash being landfilled by 90%

Now accepting submissions for the 2023 Recycling is a Work of Art Contest!

Every year, ecomaine, Maine’s leader in single-sort recycling, looks for local artists of all ages to turn its recycling drop-off containers into vibrant works of colorful art in its annual ecomaine Recycling is a Work of Art Contest.

Winning contestants receive a $500 stipend as part of the prize for the chosen winners, in addition to reimbursement for up to $500 worth of art supplies. Read the full contest rules here.

How the contest works:

  1. You (or your group) envision a design for one of ecomaine‘s 22-foot gray steel roll-off recycling bins (see the examples on this page).
  2. You create a mock-up of the design using these two design templates:
  3. You email or snail mail/drop off (64 Blueberry Road, Portland, ME 04102) your application by the deadline each year
  4. ecomaine’s Outreach & Recycling Committee will select contest winners; all painting projects should be completed within six weeks (or in a timeframe arranged with ecomaine staff) of receiving the container at the designated painting location.
  5. Painting locations will be decided on in coordination with the artist(s) and ecomaine staff; public property in ecomaine communities (used with permission) is recommended, but ecomaine can have containers delivered to a mutually-agreed-upon location, as well.

The Recycling is a Work of Art contest is open to anyone who is a resident of one of ecomaine’s member communities. Questions may be directed to or by calling 207-523-3119.