2015 Deadline

Entries are due April 27, 2015.


Download the rules (PDF)

Contest Flyer

Download a contest flyer (PDF) that you can print and display to let others know they can participate in the contest, too!

Spanish Release Form

Download the Spanish version (PDF) of the release form.

Purchase a 2015 Calendar

Winning artwork from last year's contest is showcased in CAFR's 2015 Recycling Calendar. Order yours now. Download a 2015 Calendar Order Form (PDF).


Contact Amy Randell with questions or if you have problems downloading the rules.

Thank You Contest Sponsors

Alpine Waste & Recycling

Ball Corporation

Western Disposal Services

EVRAZ North America

Gallegos Sanitation, Inc.

Larimer County
Garbage Garage

Boulder County Resource Conservation Division

Hunter Douglas

I.T. Refresh

OKC Products

We Recycle Co-op


Poster Contest

All K-12 students and youth organization members are invited to showcase their artistic talent and their commitment to the environment by participating in the Colorado Association for Recycling’s 9th annual poster contest.


Twelve (12) winners will receive prizes. One grand-prize winner receives a $100 gift card, and their winning artwork will serve as Colorado’s 2015 America Recycles Day (www.americarecyclesday.org) promotional piece and be distributed throughout the state. Plus, the grand-prize winner earns an organizational membership to the Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education (CAEE) for their school.


Posters should be received by CAFR no later than April 27, 2015. Please mail entries early. Posters will be judged the week of April 27 and winners will be notified as soon as possible.


Please read the contest rules (PDF) carefully. Only posters that meet the contest rules will be considered.

2015 Participating Organizations

Abner Baker Central School, Fort Morgan
Boys & Girls Clubs Owen Branch, Denver
Campus Middle School, Greenwood Village
Challenge School, Denver
Eisenhower Elementary, Boulder
Elkhart Elementary, Aurora
Fort Morgan High School, Fort Morgan
Frisco Elementary, Frisco
Goodnight Elementary School, Pueblo
Heaton Middle School, Pueblo
Home School Academy Tracks, Colorado Springs
Peak to Peak Charter School, Lafayette
Springs Community Night School, Colorado Springs
Sunset Park Elementary, Pueblo
Timber Trail Elementary, Castle Rock

2014 Grand Prize Winner

Ciena Higginbotham, 10th grade, from Florissant, Colorado, talks about her winning artwork and why it pays to recycle.

1st place, 10-12 grade

2014 Winners

Congratulations to the winning students in 2014! (*Grand prize) Their posters will be showcased in CAFR's 2015 Recycling Calendar. Order your calendar now. Download a 2015 Calendar Order Form (PDF).

1st place, k-3 grade 2nd place, k-3 grade 3rd place, k-3 grade
Elizabeth Brandt
Eisenhower Elementary
Lauren Butler
11th grade
Air Academy High School
Colorado Springs
Hannah Culp and Jazmyne Swartz
3rd grade
Hudson Academy of Arts
1st place, 4-6 grade 2nd place, 4-6 grade 3rd place, 4-6 grade
Emily Glynn
5th grade
Timber Trail Elementary
Castle Rock
Lydia Groshong
5th grade
Eisenhower Elementary
Josephine Heaney
2nd grade
Carlson Elementary
Idaho Springs
1st place, 7-9 grade2nd 

place, 7-9 grade3rd place, 7-9 grade
Ciena Higginbotham*
10th grade
Home School
Jared Holland
6th grade
Home School Academy
Colorado Springs
Michelle Hou
8th grade
Mountain Ridge Middle School
Highlands Ranch
1st place, 10-12 grade 2nd place, 10-12 grade 3rd place, 10-12 grade
Lindsay Kendall
1st grade
Timber Trail Elementaryl
Castle Rock
Kallan Craig Libric and Natalie Baker
4th grade
Olander Elementary
Fort Collins
Morgan Trechter
6th grade
Home School Academy
Colorado Springs