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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 2013 "Rethink Recycling" Sculpture Contest will be held on November 22, 2013 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 2012 "Rethink Recycling" Sculpture Contest was held on November 16, 2012 at the Maryland Department of the Environment.  Over 59 entries from 23 different high schools from across the State were featured in the contest. 

Todd Ennis from Middletown High School in Frederick County was the Grand Prize Winner for his "American Flag," made completely from reclaimed textiles such as flannel shirts and a fur coat - all unwanted materials from Goodwill. Ennis hand-stitched much of the flag himself.  He won a 64GB iPad.  The category winners, who received Nook eReaders were:

  • Creativity: Andrew Pressley, Middletown High School, Frederick County, for his "Meeko the Dolphin" an over seven-foot tall dolphin made from styrofoam, soda cans and water bottles.
  • Workmanship: Serena Holmes, Suitland High School, Prince George's County, for creating "Stanley," a larger-than-life octopus with chicken wire, cloth, surgical gauze, dowel rods, paper mache, marbles, lights and bottle tops.
  • Use of Materials: Dakota Wassel, Northern Garrett High School, Garrett County, for "Phunny Pharm, " a sculpture of a farmer and his dog using metal, aluminum, tin, bike chain, wire and a rake.
  • People’s Choice Category: Kaitlyn Ball, Walkersville High School, Frederick County, for crafting "Artist's Life," a painter's canvas made from ceramic tiles, reclaimed textiles and metal.
  • Second place winners in all four categories received refurbished laptop computers donated by sponsor, Sims Recycling Solutions.



Baltimore City: Boys' Latin School

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

Carroll County: Century High School, Liberty High School, South Carroll High School

Frederick County: Linganore High School, Middletown High School, Walkersville High School

Garrett County: Northern Garrett County High School, Southern Garrett County High School

Harford County: The Arrow Center for Education

Howard County: Glenelg Country School

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

Washington County: Williamsport High School

See pictures of the MDE's Rethink Recycling Contest Winners

For a copy of the press release, click here.

Recycling Websites

Recycling Website -- for KIDS!