2019 Recycling is a Work of Art winners announced

Contact: Matt Grondin, Communications Manager
207-523-3108; Grondin@ecomaine.org

For immediate release: ecomaine names winners of annual Recycling is a Work of Art painting contest

PORTLAND, MAINE – (March 13, 2019) ecomaine named six winners of its Recycling is a Work of Art contest this week, choosing among more than fifteen entries to design and paint one of the companies “silver bullet” single-sort recycling containers.  Winners will receive a $500 stipend in addition to up to $500 in reimbursement for painting supplies.

The winners selected by the ecomaine Board’s Outreach & Recycling Committee are:

  • Bomb Diggity Arts in Portland for their hearts and recycling theme
  • Odyssey Kammerer from Sanford, with a theme of native Maine animals cleaning up recyclables from nature
  • Spenser MacLeod of Portland for his cartoons demonstrating the Dos and Don’ts of recycling
  • Hannah Rosengren of Portland for her theme of upcycling planters for pollinators
  • Kristin Thornton of Waterboro, with a butterfly and moth theme of ‘Keep Maine Beautiful’
  • Cecile Williams of Yarmouth, and her theme of ocean plastics and a recycling octopus

“Every year, we are inspired by the entries we receive for this art contest,” said Kevin Roche, CEO of ecomaine.  “We feel that the Recycling is a Work of Art contest is a great way to visualize what recycling means to Maine, while promoting the great work of some of our local artists in the process.”

The artists will receive their containers in early May, and will paint them throughout the month, after which, they will be placed into ecomaine’s regular circulation, so that residents across Maine will have the chance to see and use them.

About ecomaine & Recycling is a Work of Art
Ecomaine is the Portland-based nonprofit, recycling and waste-to-energy operation that serves a third of the state’s population in 73 member communities.  Each year, ecomaine hosts the Recycling is a Work of Art contest to solicit entries to paint up to six of its single-sort recycling containers as a way to beautify the recycling process, and raise public awareness of the importance of local art and recycling.