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2013-2014 Cell Phone Recycling Awareness Contest
During the 2013–2014 school year, students in grades K–12 were invited to participate in a national recycling awareness contest sponsored by the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) and JASON Learning. The theme of the contest was 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. Students considered the following question: How could you convince your friends, relatives, and others to recycle their old cell phones instead of throwing them away?
Out of all the video and poster entries received from across the United States, two entries were selected as grand prize winners; three entries were selected as finalists; and four entries were selected as honorable mentions.The two grand-prize winners — representing the overall best poster and overall best video from all grade brackets — received a trip for the entrant(s) and a parent or guardian to ISRI’s Annual Convention & Exposition held in Las Vegas, Nevada, April 6–10, 2014. All grand prize winners and finalists received a certificate, a full year of JASON online access for the entrant(s) and a parent or teacher/facilitator, and an ISRI t-shirt. All honorable mentions received a certificate and an ISRI t-shirt.