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By Emily Banks Wooten
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Art STOCKPolk County Recycling & Beautification recently announced its second annual art contest in conjunction with the celebration of its second anniversary on Nov. 4, as well as the celebration of American Recycles Day which is Nov. 15.

Polk County Recycling & Beautification (PCRB) is a nonprofit organization that relies on grants, donations and volunteers to run, staff and maintain the Polk County Recycle Center. Run by the community for the community, the recycle center is located at 10311 State Hwy. 146 in Livingston (nine miles south of Hwy. 190), across from FM 2665. Normal hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and Saturdays and until 4:30 p.m. by appointment. One may follow PCRB on Facebook or visit its website at www.pcrbtexas.org for the latest updates.

The recycle center opened in November 2021 and since that time, over 175,000 pounds of recyclable materials have been diverted from the Polk County Landfill.

This year’s art contest is being divided into two categories – 12 and under and 13 and over. Contestants are being asked to start with a plastic bottle and create a work of art. Four $100 prizes will be awarded – first place and people’s choice in both age categories. The entry forms and rules may be found at https://www.pcrbtexas.org/contest.

The plastic bottle may be a bottle, jug, bucket or other plastic container with a recycling triangle of 1, 2 or 5 on the bottom. All drink bottles and jugs are acceptable. Other materials may be added to the original plastic container, but the original container must be a main component of the artwork. No glitter, no glass, no sharp edges and no hazardous materials will be accepted.

The maximum size is two foot by two foot by two foot and it must be able to stand while displayed. No names should be visible on the artwork while displayed.

The artwork, with completed entry form, must be submitted to the Polk County Recycle Center (9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and Saturdays) no later than Oct. 28. Circle the top right triangle if you want the artwork back. If other arrangements are needed for drop-off, call the recycle center at 936-337-3315.

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