2013-2014 Cell Phone Recycling Awareness Contest

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Calling all artists, filmmakers, and recyclers! Students in grades K–12 are invited to participate in a national recycling awareness contest sponsored by JASON Learning and the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI). The theme of the contest is cell phone recycling awareness. Americans discard millions of cell phones annually. Most cell phones contain precious metals and plastics that can save energy and resources when recycled, but when disposed of improperly, can release toxic materials into the environment. How could you convince your friends, relatives, and others to recycle their old cell phones instead of throwing them away? Create an original video or poster in the style of a public service announcement with your creative answer to this question, and you might win a prize!

The contest is open to all students living in the United States and enrolled in grades K–12 during the 2013–2014 school year. Students can enter the contest as individuals or as pairs. Each individual or pair can submit either a video or a poster to the contest. One video and one poster will be selected as finalists from each of three grade bands: K–4, 5–8, and 9–12. Two overall grand-prize winners will be selected — one from all video finalists and one from all poster finalists. JASON and ISRI may also acknowledge up to two additional “honorable mentions” in each media in each grade band. All entries must be submitted by February 17, 2014, and winners will be selected and notified by March 20, 2014. See below for more details on media specifications, how to submit your entry, judging, and prizes.

Media Specifications

Video Specifications
Each video entry must be in one of the following file formats: .AVI, .MOV, .MP4, .M4V, .WMV, or .3GP. The video must be no more than 2 minutes in length.

Poster Specifications
Each poster entry must be a two-dimensional, original piece of artwork done on white poster board with dimensions of 28 in. x 22 in. (71 cm x 56 cm). Any art medium may be used (e.g., colored pencils, crayons, or paint); however, computer graphics will not be accepted. Artwork must be hand-drawn by the entrant. Pale colors should not be used because they are too difficult to reprint. Also note that artwork must be flat (e.g., no glued pieces) and able to be scanned. Please note that any artwork that includes copyrighted or trademarked product names (e.g., Coca-Cola ®) will be disqualified. You must take a high-resolution (at least 3072 x 2304 pixels) digital photograph of your poster in order to submit your entry. One way to do this is to place your poster on the floor in a well-lit room and use a digital camera to take the picture from above. Your poster entry must be in one of the following file formats: .GIF, .JPEG, .JPG, .PDF, or .PNG. 

How to Submit Your Entry

You or your teacher/facilitator must upload your video file or the digital photo of your poster along with your name, grade, school/after-school program name, school/after-school program address, and teacher/facilitator’s name, phone number, and e-mail address via the submission button below. All entries must be uploaded by February 17, 2014. Note that you will also need to complete the Permission Form before submitting your entry. This form must be signed by a parent or guardian, and you will be asked to upload the completed form immediately after you upload your contest entry file. You can either scan and upload a PDF of the signed permission form, or you can submit a digital photo of the signed form. If two students are collaborating on an entry, both will need to submit a completed permission form.


Entries will be judged by a committee of representatives from the sponsoring organizations. Judges will evaluate entries on the interpretation and clarity of the theme to the viewer, the persuasiveness of the message, creativity and originality, the quality of the entry, and the overall impression of the entry.


Six entries (one video and one poster from each of the three grade bands: K–4, 5–8, and 9–12) will be selected as finalists by March 20, 2014. Poster finalists will be required to submit their original artwork upon being notified of their selection as finalists. The finalist videos and posters will be featured on JASON and ISRI websites. All finalists will receive a certificate, a full year of JASON online access for the entrant(s) and a parent or teacher/facilitator, and an ISRI t-shirt. JASON and ISRI may also acknowledge up to two additional “honorable mentions” in each media in each grade band; the honorable mention entrants will receive certificates. Two grand-prize winning entrants representing the overall best poster and video from all grade brackets will also receive a trip* for the entrant(s) and a parent or guardian to ISRI’s Annual Convention & Exposition to be held in Las Vegas, Nevada, April 6–10, 2014.

*Trip costs covered include airfare for two from a major airport, two nights at the ISRI Convention Hotel, and an ISRI Convention pass for one day including lunch.

Helpful Links

Visit the links below to learn more about cell phone recycling:

If you have additional questions about the contest, please contact contesthelp@jason.org.

Use of Submitted Posters and Videos

JASON Learning and the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) retain the right to use all submitted posters and videos, always making reference to the name of the holder, to project and promote their institutional objectives in any way deemed appropriate in the future (exhibitions, production of commemorative booklets or calendars, creation of CDs, projections on websites, etc.). Participants in this contest explicitly accept this condition and provide the “Partners” the right to use their entries. 

Live Events

As part of the partnership between JASON and ISRI, a live event related to recycling was held in fall of 2013. The event featured Dr. Mike Biddle, a chemical engineer who has really made a difference in plastic recycling. His company, a member of ISRI, creates high-quality plastics from old plastics using 80 percent less energy than what would be needed to make new plastics from petroleum. Visit jason.org/live/stem-career-mike-biddle-chemical-engineer to view the archived event. 


About the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), a Washington, DC-based trade association, represents more than 1,600 for-profit companies — ranging from small, family-owned businesses to large, multi-national corporations — operating at more than 6,000 facilities in the United States and 30 countries worldwide. Our members are manufacturers and processors, brokers and industrial consumers of scrap commodities, including ferrous and nonferrous metals, paper, electronics, rubber, plastics, glass, and textiles. ISRI's associate members include equipment and service providers to the scrap recycling industry. Manufacturers and sellers of equipment and services — such as shredders, balers, cranes, cargo transporters, computer systems, and more — find value in promoting the scrap recycling industry through their membership in ISRI.