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Recycled art contest will celebrate anniversary of recycling center

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ReCycledArt Graphic Emily Banks Wooten
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To celebrate its upcoming one-year anniversary in November, as well as America Recycles Day which is Nov. 15, Polk County Recycling & Beautification (PCRB) is hosting a “Recycled Art Contest” that is open to everyone.

PCRB operates the Polk County Recycling Center located at 10311 Hwy. 146 in Livingston at the intersection of Hwy. 146 and FM 2665. The recycling center accepts #1-#7 plastics, flattened corrugated cardboard and aluminum and steel “tin” cans. The recycling center is open Tuesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. In its first 10 months of operation, the center has diverted over 69,000 pounds of materials from the Polk County Landfill. 

PCRB is a nonprofit organization that has partnered with Polk County to provide a reliable recycling service for the residents of East Texas, sustained by grants, donations and the sale of recyclable materials.

Entries in the recycled art contest should be works of art created using only materials that the local recycling center accepts. To enter, visit the recycling center or the website (pcrbtexas.org) for an entry form. Submit the artwork and the entry form by Nov. 1. Visit pcrbtexas.org for a complete list of rules.

The first-place winner will receive $100, the second-place winner will receive $50 and the third-place winner will receive $25. The people’s choice winner will receive $75. To cast a vote for people’s choice, take recyclables to the center Nov. 4-15.

Contestants may be individuals or groups of any age. Although entries must be made from materials the recycling center accepts, plastic bottle caps and paper tubes will be allowed. Glue, tape, wire, screws and other fastening materials are allowed. Paint, markers and other coloring mediums are allowed. Glitter is not allowed. The maximum size of the entry is two feet long by two feet wide by three feet high.

The artwork must be submitted to the recycling center with a completed entry form no later than 3 p.m. on Nov. 1. Artwork will be displayed at the recycling center Nov. 4-15. No names may be visible on the artwork while displayed.

Recyclers visiting the recycling center Nov. 4-15 will vote for people’s choice. A panel of judges will decide first, second and third place winners. Judges will score artwork based on the following criteria: 50% creative use of recyclable materials, 30% overall presentation and aesthetics and 20% craftsmanship. Bonus points will be awarded if materials are still recyclable.

To learn more about the recycled art contest, volunteering at the recycling center or donating to the recycling center, visit PCRBTexas.org or Facebook.com/PCRBTexas. Checks may be mailed to 10311 TX-146, Livingston, TX 77351. Call 936-337-3315 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for additional information.

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