Recycling Art Contest For Kids, Teens

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Earth Day is still several weeks away, but Essex County is letting kids and teens know now about an art contest with an environmental theme.

It’s called “g’ART’bage” and it challenges kids in elementary school through high school to make a piece of art from plastics that can’t be recycled. These single-use plastics are things like candy wrappers, food trays and nursery plant trays, plastic bottle caps and plastic film. You can get more information about them on the Verona Environmental Commission’s website.

There are categories for individuals and teams in different age groups: Pre-K to 2nd grade, 3rd to 5th grade, 6th to 8th grade, and 9th to 12th grade.

The winning entries will be displayed on the grounds of the Essex County Environmental Center in Roseland during the week of Earth Day.

Kids can register for the content by calling the Environmental Center at 973-228-8776 or emailing [email protected].

To help kids create their entries, the County is also holding a “g’ART’bage” Art Workshop on Saturday, April 6 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Essex County Environmental Center. The cost is $30 per family (up to two adults and two children) or $10 per child, $12 per adult. Interested people need to register in advance online or by calling 973-228-8776.

The Essex County Environmental Center is located at 621b Eagle Rock Avenue in Roseland.

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