ANN ARBOR — Recycle Ann Arbor, a national leader in recycling and waste programs, announces a 2012 Earth Day Video Contest. The contest is open to students in Grades 6-8 who live in Washtenaw County. The topic is, “Why I Recycle.”

The first-prize winner will receive a $500 U.S. savings bond, and a free recycling workshop for their class. Four honorable mention awards will also be given, each honorable mention winner will receive a $50 gift certificate for Nicola’s Books. The winning videos will be posted on Recycle Ann Arbor’s website, social media and video hosting sites.

Videos should be no longer than three minutes, and should be received by March 30. The winner will be announced on April 20. Complete contest information and the contest entry forms are available at

“We all need regular reminders,” said Recycle Ann Arbor CEO Kirk Lignell. “Earth Day is one of those important reminders, not just to students, but to all of us — that the earth, and its environment, is our most important resource. There is only one, and as with any resource, it is worth taking care of. We hope that with the Earth Day Video competition we not only educate and offer a fun way to get students involved, but also that all of us get that critical reminder.”

Founded in 1977, Recycle Ann Arbor is a leader in the recycling industry, offering easy and convenient recycling for the home and workplace. As a private nonprofit organization, Recycle Ann Arbor is dedicated to providing education and innovative services in the collection, processing and distribution of recyclable materials.

Recycle Ann Arbor started Michigan’s first curbside recycling program in 1978, and currently operates the state’s largest community drop-off center, The ReUse Center, the Ann Arbor curbside recycling program and Calvert’s Rolloff Containers. The Ecology Center is Recycle Ann Arbor’s sister organization.

For entry forms and more information about the 2012 Earth Day Video Contest or Recycle Ann Arbor, please call 734-662-6288, or visit Recycle Ann Arbor on the web at


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