High School Recycled Art Contest Officially Cancelled for 2020

The York County Solid Waste Authority has cancelled its 6th annual High School Recycled Art Contest due to safety concerns related to the current Coronavirus pandemic and the suspension of in-school activities for the remainder of the year.

Mindy Waltemyer, Authority Recycling Coordinator and organizer of the Recycled Art Contest says: “After reaching out to the art teachers of the students participating in the contest, we’ve learned that many of the art pieces are currently unfinished and are locked inside school buildings out of the reach of participating students.  Since in-school activities are now cancelled for the remainder of this year, there is no possibility that students will be able to finish their artwork. Because of this, we made the difficult decision to cancel the contest”.

Participating students typically begin their projects in February and spend months creating their artwork to ready it for presentation at a formal showing in April in celebration of Earth Day. The Authority thanks Refindings, an architectural and salvage warehouse located at 465 Prospect Street in York, for items they donated to students to be repurposed and included in their recycled art pieces. The Authority also thanks the students who committed to participating and their art teachers for supporting and guiding their efforts.   

The York County Solid Waste Authority facilitates responsible solid waste management through an integrated strategy that emphasizes waste reduction, education, recycling, and resource recovery. The Authority owns the York County Resource Recovery Center in Manchester Township and owns and operates a Recyclable Materials Drop-off Center, a free Residential Electronics Recycling Program, a Yard Waste Facility, an Ash Recycling and Processing Facility and an Education Center.