Monday, January 4, 2010

2010 Trash-Can Decorating Contest

Are you a teacher looking for a fun and educational classroom project? Or the parent of a K-8 student? Encourage your class or school to participate in the 2010 “Yes You CAN Make Missouri Litter Free” Trash-Can Decorating Contest.

The contest encourages Missouri elementary, middle and home school students K-8 to join in the fight against litter by decorating and displaying a large trashcan with the “No MOre Trash!” logo and a litter-prevention message using a variety of creative media.

Participating classes and groups must submit an entry form and photo of the completed can. There is no entry fee. Schools may submit one entry in each competition category: K-2, 3-5 and 6-8. Only Missouri schools, including home schools, are eligible.

In addition to the educational value of teaching children about the impacts of litter on their lives and the environment, the first-place entry from each competition category receives a $100 award. All first-place winners are eligible for a grand prize of $500 and a trophy. Entries are judged based on creativity, adherence to contest rules and effective use of theme and logo. Deadline for entries is March 1.

The annual contest is sponsored by the Missouri departments of Conservation and Transportation as part of their ongoing “No MOre Trash!” campaign to raise awareness about Missouri's litter problem and to discourage littering.

Pictured is the 2009 grand prize winner, School of the Osage Middle School, Osage Beach.

Contest rules, entry forms, the “No MOre Trash!” logo, 2009 contest winners, facts on litter and educational information are available online at For more information, call 573-522-4115, ext. 3362, or email