Fun home project for kids: Trash to Art contest deadline extended

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Looking for things to keep your kids busy during the coronavirus shelter-in-place order? Consider this fun art project.

The deadline for the RethinkWaste annual Trash to Art contest has been extended to May 8 at noon. The contest promotes creating art by using materials that are otherwise disposed of or recycled. Artwork must be composed of 90 percent trash or recyclables collected from home, school and everyday life.

Elementary school students in the 3rd through 5th grades are eligible. Projects must be submitted to the Shoreway Environmental Center at 333 Shoreway Road, San Carlos in addition to a contest submission form, either for the Individual or Class Category.

In the past, projects have come in the forms of sculptures, collages, murals, and more, students are encouraged to be as creative as possible, as long as art pieces do not exceed 3 by 3 feet. The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place participants of the individual category will receive $150, $100, and $50 gift cards respectively. The winner of the class category will receive a field trip outing, and the 2nd place class will get a pizza party.

RethinkWaste is a joint powers authority of 12 government agencies and owns and manages the Shoreway Environmental Center, which receives all recyclables, green waste, and garbage collected from the member agencies.

Students within RethinkWaste’s service area qualify for the contest. The service area includes Atherton, Belmont, Burlingame, East Palo Alto, Foster City, Hillsborough, Menlo Park, Redwood City, San Carlos, San Mateo, parts of unincorporated San Mateo County, and the West Bay Sanitary District.