The 2021 Recycling is a Work of Art contest is now closed. Check back in the summer of 2022 for the next one!
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:
- 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).
- You create a mock-up of the design using these two design templates:
- You email firstname.lastname@example.org or snail mail/drop off (64 Blueberry Road, Portland, ME 04102) your application by the deadline each year
- 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.
- 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.
See below for examples of past years’ works of art!