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Education and Outreach

In the Classroom

Some Counties offer various displays, presentations and demonstrations that travel to schools and events.   Staff provides educational presentations to elementary, middle and high school students.   Contact your County Coordinator to schedule a presentation.

MDE can offer educators copies of interdisciplinary activity lessons for Grades K-9. The activity lessons cover topics such as recycling, source reduction, landfills, composting, reuse, ecosystem, cycles, hazardous waste, and buy recycled.  The lessons use a variety of skills and address the subjects of science, math, social studies, language arts, environmental education, art, and English. Contact MDE to receive these activities.


America Recycles Day (ARD)

ARD is a national event (November 15th) that promotes recycling, source reduction and buying products made from recycled materials as objectives to a more sustainable society. In celebration of ARD, MDE has created the “Rethink Recycling” sculpture contest and judging ceremony to display students’ creativity and promote recycling.The sculpture contest and judging ceremony is a great opportunity for celebrating efforts of the student artists, for media exposure and for promoting waste prevention to the general public. The sculpture contest challenges students to innovatively and artistically use recycled materials as a solution to waste reduction.  If you would like more information about ARD, visit the America Recycles Day'sweb page. 

The 2014 "Rethink Recycling" Sculpture Contest will be held on November 14, 2014 at the Maryland Department of the Environment from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  For additional information please contact Christy Bujnovszky at or 410-537-4190.

The 2013 "Rethink Recycling" Sculpture Contest was held on November 22, 2013 at the Maryland Department of the Environment.  Over 68 entries from 29 different high schools from across the State were featured in the contest. 

Emma Brenengen from Middletown High School in Frederick County was the Grand Prize Winner for her "Americana Chicken," made completely from aluminum cans.  She won a 64GB iPad.  The category winners, who received Nook eReaders were:

  • Creativity: Amy Elberfield, Century High School, Carroll County, for her "A Day in the Park" a sculpture made from ceiling tiles, batteries, a water bottle, crayons and an old wheel.
  • Workmanship: Sophia Fornaro, Century High School, Carroll County, for creating "Oklahoma" a scene of an area being destroyed by a tornado.  Her sculpture was made using wire, cassette tapes, and hangers.
  • Use of Materials: Taylor Dick, Southern Garrett High School, Garrett County, for "Dolce and Crayola" a sculpture made using pencil shavings, tissue paper, window screening, cardboard, wire and colored pencils.
  • People’s Choice Category: Suitland High School, Prince George's County, for crafting "Vanity" a sculpture in the form of a peacock made using fake finger nails, hair barrettes, newspaper and wire.
  • Second place winners in all four categories received refurbished laptop computers donated by sponsor, Sims Recycling Solutions.



Anne Arundel County: Glen Burnie High School

Baltimore City: ACCE High School, Archbishop Curley High School, Digital Harbor High School, Roland Park Country School

Baltimore County: Mount de Sales Academy, Parkville High School, Randallstown High School, Redeemer Classical Christian School, Sparrows Point High School, Towson High School, Western School of Technology & Environmental Science

Carroll County: Century High School, Liberty High School

Frederick County: Heather Ridge School, Linganore High School, Middletown High School, Urbana High School, Walkersville High School

Garrett County: Southern Garrett County High School

Harford County: The Arrow Center for Education, C. Milton Wright High School, Edgewood High School, Fallston High School

Howard County: Glenelg Country School

Kent County: Chestertown Christian Academy

Prince George’s County: Northwestern High School, Suitland High School-Center for Performing Arts

See pictures of the MDE's 2013 Rethink Recycling Contest Winners


Recycling Websites

Recycling Website -- for KIDS!