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City of Tampa Solid Waste Kicks Off 2022 3Rs Art & Poetry Contest


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A previous contest winner from St. Mary's Episcopal Day School.
A previous contest winner from St. Mary's Episcopal Day School.

The City of Tampa’s Department of Solid Waste and Environmental Program Management is calling for submissions for the 2022 3R’s Art & Poetry Contest.

The annual contest has begun accepting art and poetry submissions from students in grades 3 to 12, representing Tampa schools, homeschooling, the MacDonald Training Center and other City of Tampa programs.

The contest, now entering its 17th year, is an outreach education program that encourages participants to promote environmental stewardship through importance of the 3R’s: 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.

One of our previous contest winners from MacDonald Training Center.
One of our previous contest winners from MacDonald Training Center.

“Every year we continue to be astounded by the incredible talent, words, and visuals created by our applicants," said Edgar Castro Tello, a recycling specialist for the City of Tampa. "Through their art, we want to challenge students to think beyond recycling and to 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 submitted online or in person by February 4th, 2022.

For instructions, rules, and regulations on the 3R’s Art & Poetry Contest, please visit our website at tampa.gov/3Rs.

Due to the Department’s limited-service area, only students attending a school or living within Solid Waste service area are eligible to apply.

Be advised that not all addresses containing Tampa, FL as the city lie within the Department’s service area; to confirm, please visit our website above.

Tampa Mayor Jane Castor with the winners of last year's 3R's Art & Poetry Contest.
Tampa Mayor Jane Castor with the winners of last year's 3R's Art & Poetry Contest.