2017 Recycling Video & Poster Contests

2017 Recycling Poster Contest: “Voice of the Recycling Industry!”

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) represents approximately 1,300 companies in all 50 states and 34 countries worldwide that process, broker, and consume scrap commodities, including metals, paper, plastics, glass, rubber, electronics, and textiles. ISRI provides education, advocacy, safety and compliance training, and promotes public awareness of the vital role recycling plays in the U.S. economy, global trade, the environment and sustainable development. The scrap recycling industry generates more than $105 billion annually in U.S. economic activity and provides nearly half a million Americans with good jobs. As the international leader in recycling, ISRI is the “Voice of the Recycling Industry”.

Your challenge is to design a poster that highlights ISRI’s role as the “Voice of the Recycling Industry!”

To be considered for entry, your poster submission must include the ISRI logo (download and use this high-resolution version) that includes the ISRI tagline: “Voice of the Recycling Industry™”.

The rest of the poster should focus on your graphical interpretation of ISRI’s role. Use creative imagery to tell the story, and try to avoid any additional words or phrases!

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. 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.

Helpful Resources

Ready to enter the contest? Hit the button to fill in an entry form for this year's poster contest.

2017 Recycling Video Contest: Recycling is “Bigger than the Bin!”

Most of the recycling we see today happens in the blue bin at your house. We recycle our paper, newspapers, aluminum cans, plastic bottles, and steel food cans by placing them in the blue bin and putting it on the curb once a week. That’s easy!

But what about those things that are “Bigger than the Bin” — how are those recycled?

All around us there are items that will not fit into that bin. Everything from bicycles to skyscrapers can potentially be recycled, but not in a blue bin.

Your challenge is to choose an item that is “Bigger than the Bin” and find a way to recycle it!

Your “bigger than the bin” item must include more than one of the following commodities:

  • steel
  • nonferrous metals
  • paper
  • plastic
  • rubber
  • glass
  • textiles

Then, create an original video that tells us the story of how you recycled your chosen item. Tell us about your thought process, and show us the steps you took to solve this recycling challenge. Your video should educate and inspire others to think more carefully, and act differently, the next time they need to discard an item that is “bigger than the bin!”

See below for video additional submission specifications.

Video guidelines

  • The video must be no more than 2 minutes in length
  • Audio is just as important as video — make sure any spoken dialogue is easy to hear and understand
  • You may add a music soundtrack if you’d like to, but please avoid any music that you do not have explicit permission to use. Do a search for “royalty free,” “copyright free,” or “public domain” music to find material that meets this requirement. In many cases, you will still need to provide the composer or performer with credit to comply with the usage terms.
  • Use of copyrighted video, music, images, logos, and trademarks is prohibited; entries that contain any copyrighted materials will be disqualified unless written permission to use the materials is acquired and submitted to JASON along with the entry.

Ready to enter the contest? Hit the button to fill in an entry form for this year's video contest.

Team Submissions

Any of the contest submissions may be created by individuals or by teams. We do request, however, that team size is limited to no more than 5 students per submission.


Contest finalists and grand prize winners will be selected by our judging committee. Poster finalists will be required to mail their original artwork upon being notified of their selection as finalists. 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 their teacher/facilitator, and a t-shirt. (Again — note the team size limit of 5, as this is the maximum number of certificates and t-shirts that will be available for finalist entry prizes.)

Grand-prize winners representing the overall best entries across all contest categories will also receive a trip for one team member and a parent/guardian chaperone to ISRI’s Annual Convention & Exposition to be held in New Orleans, Louisiana, in late April 2017.

Trip costs covered include airfare for two (winner plus parent/guardian chaperone) from a major airport, two nights at the ISRI Convention Hotel, and an ISRI Convention pass for one day, including lunch. In cases where a team is chosen as the grand-prize winner, the team must choose one individual to represent the team at the conference.

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 JASON and ISRI the right to use their entries.


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

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