17th Annual Recycling Billboard Contest Rules

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  • Open to all public, private and home-schooled students in the fourteen HRRA municipalities, grades K-12.


  • Artwork must be submitted on the provided template and created in landscape orientation 10” x 4”. Contact HRRA or your Designated Town Coordinator for a template, or print one from www.hrra.org. Artwork must be in color, in any medium of the student’s choosing. The ORIGINAL ARTWORK MUST BE submitted and completed by the student. One student per entry and only one entry per student allowed.


  • Student’s name, address, school and grade must be printed on space provided. No exceptions! Posters missing an address will NOT be eligible for a regional award. Information is for contest use ONLY. It will not be used or shared with any other party.


  • Each participating school or town must name a Designated Town Coordinator and submit the coordinator’s name, phone number and e-mail address to education@hrra.org by September 6, 2023.
    Coordinator contact information will be posted on the HRRA website.


  • The 2024 Billboard theme is: “KEEP IT LOOSE” Don’t Bag or Bundle Your Recycling! Student’s artwork should encourage residents to NOT put their recycling in plastic bags or tie with string. Click HERE  for more information on our theme.


  • Artwork in each school/town should be submitted to the Designated Town Coordinator by November 15, 2023. Home-schooled students must submit artwork to the coordinator in their home district school or town.


  • Each Designated Town Coordinator will form a judging team to pick a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place local winner for each grade in each school. Judging must be completed by Friday, December 1, 2023. Ribbons for grade winners will be supplied to each coordinator by HRRA, for award at the Board of Selectmen, City Council, Town Council, Board of Education or some other public meeting after we hold the Awards Ceremony in April 2024. The local Representatives of contest sponsors should be invited to attend the award ceremony.


  • Artwork from the local first place winners by grade from each town must be submitted to HRRA by December 4th, 2023, by 3:00p.m.


  • On Thursday, December 14, 2023, the RRTF will judge the first place poster winners from each school/town by grade level and select a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winner for each grade for the region, as well as
    Regional Grand Prize winners. HRRA reserves the right to make the final decision on Grand Prize winners.


  • Regional 3rd place winners for each grade will receive $25, 2nd place winners $50, and 1st place winners $75. NOTE: Award checks that are lost or not cashed within six months will not be reissued.


  • The Regional Grand Prize Winners in each grade category (K-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12) will receive $500. The artwork of the Regional Grand Prize winners will be displayed across 20 HARTransit Buses in the spring of 2024. NOTE: Award checks that are lost or not cashed within six months will not be reissued.


  • Regional winners will receive their awards at an evening award ceremony during Earth Week 2024.


  • Regional 1st place winners’ posters will be reproduced in local newspapers.


  • All participants must agree that HRRA and Sponsors can use their artwork for regional recycling education and promotion, including displaying such posters in print and online newspapers, posting on the HRRA and municipal websites, on Facebook, on Instagram and displaying the artwork in their office buildings and or facilities.


  • Regional Grand prize winners’ Designated Town Coordinator and the teacher/organization who provided the student with the template will each receive $250. NOTE: Award checks that are lost or not cashed within six months will not be reissued.


    • Designated Town Coordinator is defined as the individual appointed to represent the Town and designated by HRRA to facilitate the contest for the Town in which they represent. In the event there is no designated coordinator for an individual town, HRRA by default is the coordinator.
    • Teacher/Organization is defined as the individual/organization who provided and collected the template directly to and from the participating students. Therefore, having a direct influence on the individual student to take part in the contest.
    • It is possible that a Designated Town Coordinator can also be the Teacher/Organization. In this event, the individual would be awarded both prizes.


Example 1: Joe Smith in 5th grade at The Sherman School won the Grand Prize for Grades 3-5. His Designated Town Coordinator, Mrs. Sherman, will receive $250 AND his teacher, Mr. Apple, who handed the templates out to his classroom will also receive $250.

Example 2: Jesse Ferguson in 2nd grade at Weston Elementary won the Grand Prize for Grades K-2. Her Designated Town Coordinator, Mr. Cannondale, will receive $250 AND Sustainable Weston (organization) will receive $250 for providing Jesse with her template.

Example 3: Sally Mae in 12th grade at Roxbury High School won the Grand Prize for Grades 9-12. Her Designated Town Coordinator, Mrs. Fields, also works for Roxbury Land Trust, the organization that provided Sally with her template. Mrs. Fields would then receive $500.


Why is HRRA providing awards to Coordinators and Teachers/Organizations? HRRA wants to reward the hard work of our volunteers in supporting our mission and student participation.

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