The York County Solid Waste Authority Kicks off High School Recycled Art Contest with “Picker Day” Event at Refindings

To promote recycling and celebrate “Earth Day” (April 22), the York County Solid Waste Authority is sponsoring its sixth annual Recycled Art Contest for York County High School students.  On Saturday, February 8, at 10:00 am, a special “Picker Day” event invites participants to search through treasures at Refindings, an architectural and salvage warehouse at 465 Prospect Street in York, for items they can re-purpose and include in their recycled art pieces.  Refindings is generously donating selected items to the students to support their efforts.

Participating schools include Central York High School, Dallastown Area High School, Eastern York High School, Kennard-Dale High School, Northern York County High School, West York Area High School, William Penn Senior High School, York Catholic High School, and York Suburban High School.

Students have until March 30 to complete and submit their recycled art. The artwork will be on display at the York Central Market at 34 West Philadelphia Street in downtown York from April 1 through April 30. A public reception will be held at the market on Thursday, April 16 at 6:30 PM at which time the winners of the contest will be announced.

Prizes will be awarded for the top three entries as determined by York County professional artists who will serve as judges. Each student winner will receive an art supply gift certificate and their school’s art department will also be granted an art supply gift certificate in the same amount.

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 as an environmental teach-in, similar to a general education forum.  In 1990 the event grew to the international level with 141 nations participating.  Today, it is estimated that more than 192 countries continue to celebrate Earth Day each year.

Refindings is a 14,000 square foot restoration and re-purposing paradise with nearly 100 vendors, thousands of vintage items, authentic and re-purposed antiques, stained glass, lighting fixtures, ironworks and architectural finds like windows, doors and much more. Whether they preserve, restore or re-purpose a vintage or historic item for reuse, they delve into their creative selves, practice a greener way of living and, in a sense, continue the story of the item.


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 is the owner of the York County Resource Recovery Center in Manchester Township; and owns and operates a Recyclable Materials Drop-off Center, a Residential Electronics Recycling Program, a Yard Waste Transfer Facility, an Ash Recycling and Processing Facility and an Education Center. Free educational programming for children and adults is offered year-round by the Authority.