3R's Art & Poetry Contest

Our goal is to engage the City of Tampa’s youth in environmental stewardship while conveying a recycling and waste reduction message.  A first-place winner will be selected from each of the following categories: Elementary, Middle, High School, and the MacDonald Training Center. The winning artwork will be displayed on a recycling collection truck for one year. The winning poetry will be on display at Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park alongside the Tampa River Center Building.


Eligibility Requirements

  • Students (grades 3 - 12) enrolled in a school or homeschooled within the City of Tampa limits under Tampa Solid Waste Service. 
  • Clients of the MacDonald Training Center Arts Program.
  • Verify with schools list provided in the Rules & Regulations Packet link below:
  • Click on the button below to read complete rules & regulations. 

For questions, please email Edgar.CastroTello@tampagov.net.

2022 Art Winners

All winners on the day of winner's ceremony in 2022

2022 Winners' Ceremony on Earth Week

Hands holding the planet with reduce, reuse, recycle title at top

Olivia - Roland Park K-8

Pollution being poured into the world

Ryan - Howard W. Blake High School

City of tampa skyline with flowers and ocean waves

Addison - Madison Middle School

Winter, the dolphin, jumping out of the water onto the sky and moon

Shannon - MacDonald Training Center

2022 Poetry Winners

How to Save Us

by Arielle - MacDonald Training Center

Plastic that’s made of materials
Pressed into solid object
Not to throw plastic creation
Into the water
Is to save the earth
And pollution contamination on land
Cause implication on
Health on a daily basis
Like open burning of garbage
Waste and indoor air pollution
And make the world
A better place for reusable items
that make me feel good


Plant A Tree
Morgan - Villa Madonna
Plant a tree
Watch it grow
Even though it might be slow
Falling leaves from autumn breeze
Awaits the springs guarantees
As the tree begins to bloom
Evenings become afternoons
I will always remember the day I planted my first tree