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The York County Solid Waste Authority Announces Winners of High School Earth Day Recycled Art Contest


To promote recycling and celebrate “Earth Day” (April 22), the York County Solid Waste Authority sponsored a Recycled Art Contest for York County High School students. Participating schools included Central York High School, Christian School of York, Eastern York High School, Northern York County High School, William Penn Senior High School, and York Suburban High School. Seventeen students participated.

Contest judging and a public reception were held at the York County Agricultural and Industrial Museum at 217 West Princess Street in York on Thursday, April 21 at 6:30 p.m. Each student winner received an art supply gift certificate and his/her school’s art department was also granted an art supply gift certificate in the same amount.  Some of the students’ materials were generously donated by York County businesses, Re-Source York and LifePath Thrift Stores.

First place was awarded to “Unfiltered” created by Bella Leonard of Eastern York High School. In second place was “Earth Tech” created by Hailey Kyle of Central York High School. Third place went to “Litterbug” created by Iris Edmunds of Northern York County High School.

Prizes were awarded based on artistic expression, use of recycled materials and level of technique. Judges were Frank E. Dittenhafer II of Murphy and Dittenhafer Architects; Victoria Kageni-Woodard of Gusa By Victoria LLC; and Rita Whitney, Director of Communications and Engagement at the York County Cultural Alliance. 

Earth Day is a worldwide annual event celebrated on April 22 to demonstrate support for environmental protection. The first Earth Day, held in 1970, was founded by United States Senator Gaylord Nelson. Earth Day now includes many global events in more than 193 countries.

This is the seventh year the Authority has conducted a recycled art contest for high school students. The Authority facilitates responsible solid waste management through an integrated strategy that emphasizes waste reduction, education, recycling and resource recovery. The Authority is the owner of the York County Resource Recovery Center, a Small Load Drop Off Facility, a Recyclable Materials Drop-off Center, Ash Recycling & Processing Facility, the now closed York County Sanitary Landfill which hosts the Hopewell Area Recreational Complex and an Education Center. Click here to visit the Authority’s website.

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