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City of Tampa Calling for Votes in 2023 3Rs Art & Poetry Contest

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City of Tampa Calling for Votes in 2023 3Rs Art & Poetry Contest

Voting Ends Friday for City of Tampa Solid Waste 2023 3Rs Art and Poetry Contest


The City of Tampa's Department of Solid Waste and Environmental Program Management is calling for votes for the 2023 3R's Art & Poetry Contest. 

Voting for the annual contest ends, Friday, March 3, 2023, at 11:59 p.m.

The annual contest accepted art and poetry submissions from students in grades 3 to 12. Students represent Tampa schools, homeschooling, the MacDonald Training Center, and other City of Tampa programs.

The contest, now entering its 18th year, is an outreach education program that encourages participants to promote environmental stewardship through the importance of the 3Rs: reduce, reuse, recycle; a message conveyed in the submitted artwork and poems.

Winning artwork will be displayed on recycling collection vehicles and winning poetry will be displayed at Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park.

“Every year we continue to be astounded by the incredible talent, words, and visuals created by our applicants,” said Edgar Castro Tello, a City of Tampa Recycling Specialist. “Through their art, we want to challenge students to think beyond recycling and embrace new waste reduction habits, bringing some focus to reducing and reusing. Bringing attention to the rising concerns of ocean pollution, litter, and waste production is a way these young artists can remind us all that it's beyond just young people's responsibilities, it's all our responsibility."

All artwork and poetry must be voted on by Friday, March 3, 2023. Voters can make their selection here.