Resource Education Competitions & Collections

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Resource Education Program Participation Options

Madison County Schools, both private and parochial, have a variety of programs from which they can choose. No school is the same, and each participates based on its resources, needs, and the interests of students and staff. 

Explore the program choices below to determine which best fit your school. Your Resource Education Coordinator is always available to offer guidance and support. 

Item Collections and Competitions

Crayola ColorCycle Marker Recycling

Crayola is now accepting used markers, including non-Crayola brand markers, dry-erase markers, and highlighters! Classrooms collect used markers throughout the year. Markers are packaged and a shipping label and a no-cost shipping label is printed from Crayola's website. FedEx picks up the used markers at no cost to the school, and Crayola converts the plastic into clean fuel. Crayola's website also offers classroom-ready, standards-based lesson plans. Markers can be shipped throughout the year. Crayola recommends at least 100 and no more than 40 pounds of markers per shipped box. 
Helpful links: ColorCycle Registration Page, Customizable Parent Letter, Customizable Hallway Poster

Trex Plastic Film Recycling Challenge

Trex Company, Inc supplies participating schools with collection boxes and other materials to assist with collection of plastic items such as grocery bags, plastic retail bags, plastic cereal bags, bread bags, shrink wrap & dry-cleaning bags. School volunteers weigh and keep a record of the amount of film collected each month. Schools complete against other schools in their area to recycle the most plastic film per number of students
Helpful link: Trex School Recycling Challenge Page

Lion's Club Key Recycling

The Lions Club of Illinois accepts any type of keys to be recycled. The money raised is used in Illinois to pay for partially-sighted children to undergo special low-vision examinations with glasses, monoculars, stand magnifiers and other equipment being provided absolutely free.
Helpful link: Schools with keys that are ready for donation may indicate the need for a pick-up by clicking here

Cell Phones for Soldiers 

Used cell phones are taken to a recycler which then pays the non-profit company, Cell Phones for Soldiers. Cell Phones for Soldiers uses the funds to purchase calling cards for American soldiers to call home. Phones are dropped off at local AT&T stores and a variety of other area businesses or via postage-paid return labels. Cell phone collection may occur at any time. For closest drop-off locations, visit   


TerraCycle offers national programs (Brigades®) to collect previously non-recyclable or hard to recycle waste.Some Brigades have a cost, but most  offer free shipping and a donation for each piece of garbage collected. Sign up to collect one or more of the waste streams listed, or find out more about how the Brigade programs work and which Brigades are currently available at

Used Eyeglass Collection 

Used eyeglasses are collected by local chapters of the Lions Club and used to help those in Central & South America, Mexico, Haiti, the Philippines & Africa improve their lives with better vision. Schools with eyeglasses that are ready for donation may indicate the need for a pick-up by clicking here

Design and Innovation Competitions

Trashformations Competition

All Madison County K-5th grade schools are invited to participate in the Trashformation Innovation Creations! Contest. Students are challenged to take the materials bound for the recycling bin and use creative problem solving and imagination to turn it into something upcycled, functional, and new! The big challenge is that the end product must be able to be used by someone else!
Trashformations competitors are able to prepare entries as a team of 2-4 or as individuals.
Students who finish in first through third place within their grade-level category will receive a ribbon and gift card.

Each school participating in Trashformations holds its own competition at any time during the school year. Each school’s first place winners are invited to compete at the County competition held in April.

Get Complete Info Here: PDF: Trashformations Guidelines & Rules

PhotoVoice: Picture that Green! 

Open to students in grades 6-12, 
PhotoVoice is a method to make student voices heard through photography by documenting the community’s needs and resources. Students should photograph a scene that represents their community or expresses their point of view as it relates to sustainability. Single photos must be accompanied by a 4-5 sentence description that states what the photographer is depicting in the photo. Photos must be taken in Madison County by a Madison County school student.

Potential entrants should review the entry guidelines here. Entries are due by Friday, April 5, 2019. Entries must be submitted online, via the following link

Clean Air Bookmark Competition

Madison County Planning and Development Department and Madison County Partnership for Community Health (MCPCH) sponsor a bookmark design contestAll design submissions should illustrate various ways to improve air quality in the St. Louis region such as: carpooling, walking, bicycling, riding transit, using solar and wind energy, etc. Four grade categories for the contest; K-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12. 

The first place bookmark designs from each category are printed with the winner’s name and school and made available to the winning student’s school library. In addition, each winner receives a certificate and Kindle Paperwhite tablet and gift card.


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