Deadline moved for Earth Day poster contest

Due to the rising number of school closures due to the coronavirus concerns, Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District has moved the deadline for submitting projects for its annual student contest from March 20 to April 10.


Entries for all categories (trash art, hand-drawn poster and graphic arts poster) may be dropped off in care of the County Clerk's office at the Gasconade County Courthouse; or at the Meramec Regional Planning Commission, 4 Industrial Dr., St. James. Those who plan to submit five or more projects should contact MRPC to arrange for transportation.


The Ozark Rivers Earth Day contest is a poster and trash art competition open to all students in kindergarten through the 12th grade in Gasconade and other surrounding counties having cities with populations of 500 or more. Home school students meeting these criteria are eligible and encouraged to participate. The graphic art portion of the contest is also open to post-secondary students. This year’s theme focuses on protecting the planet and reducing the use of single-purpose plastics such as straws, bags, and cups.


Students have the opportunity to participate in multiple contest categories, including posters (hand-drawn and graphic arts), and repurposing recyclables and trash into three-dimensional pieces of trash art. All art entries should echo the theme of the contest and an underlying solid waste reduction theme to rethink, refuse, reduce, re-purpose, reuse, and then recycle.


First- and second-place contest winners will each receive prizes, provided by sponsor donations. Honorable mention projects will also be recognized. All prizes will be earth-friendly, with the first prize valued at $30, second prize valued at $10, and honorable mention prizes valued at $5.


Full contest rules are available at, or by emailing Jill Hollowell, environmental program specialist, at 


The district's strategy for solid waste reduction, which has been individually adopted by all member governments and approved by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR), provides grants, education and support of waste reduction efforts in member counties and cities.


For more information about ORSWMD or recycling opportunities in the Ozark Rivers region, please visit; or contact Tammy Snodgrass at (573) 265-2993, or by email at  Ozark Rivers has a Facebook page at 


MRPC provides the day-to-day management for ORSWMD.


Formed in 1969, the commission is a voluntary council of governments serving Gasconade, Crawford, Dent, Maries, Osage, Phelps, Pulaski, and Washington counties and their respective cities. Gasconade County Presiding Commissioner Larry Miskel serves as chairman of the board.


A professional staff of 33 offers services such as technical assistance, grant preparation and administration, housing assistance, transportation planning, environmental planning, ordinance codification, and business loans, to the district's member communities.


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